The Glitch Mob Dreams of Soundtracking 'Game of Thrones,' Talks Backstage at Coachella
Electronic trio The Glitch Mob can currently be heard on both TV and in theaters in the trailers for Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” and the upcoming Tom Cruise vehicle, “Edge Of Tomorrow.”
Rodriguez’s use of “Can’t Kill Us,” from their recent “Love Death Immortality” album, is particularly flattering for the L.A. trio. “We just had the music in the new Robert Rodriguez film trailer, which was really fantastic because we’re huge fans of him and also apparently he cuts all of his own trailers, so it was a high honor to get to do that,” Justin Boreta told us backstage at Coachella 2014.
However, unlike so many electronic acts who dream of scoring for the silver screen, Glitch Mob would rather develop a long-term relationship in the TV world. “It’d be really fun to do something serial with TV. I’m a big fan of “True Detective,” “Game Of Thrones” and “Breaking Bad,” stuff like that. It’d be really fun to do something that evolved over time,” Edward Ma said.
Their first choice would be “Breaking Bad” as Josh Mayer says, “That inspired us a ton, we were all such huge “Breaking Bad” fans. It was a mix of dark and light, which was right up our alley.”
With that show having retired into TV history, they’d like to go a little more medieval with “Game Of Thrones.” “We’d channel the inner “Lord Of The Rings,” get fantastical with it,” Boreta said.
An intriguing idea, the juxtaposition of electronic music with the classicism of “Game Of Thrones.” We had to ask what that would sound like.
“’Game Of Thrones’ has a very fantastical, mythical larger than life, even just the intro song has this feeling of this epic tale, which lends itself to our music,” Ma said. “We use a lot of marching snares, there’s something very war like about that. There’s always a war about to happen, happening or just finished happening, so whatever war sounds like -- medieval ‘Game Of Thrones’ war; drums, female vocals, distortion.”
They also know who’d they like to bring the vocals, Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine.
As exciting as the idea of Glitch Mob and Welch teaming up for music for “Game Of Thrones,” it’s all just fantasy. And for right now, Glitch Mob are touring behind “Love Death Immortality,” which debuted at #13 on the album charts. They are having too much fun on the tour to worry about hypothetical gigs.
“The tour is so good, incredible. People love the show, we love the show, it’s all working out,” Boreta said.
That gave them the confidence for their stand-out day one set in front of tens of thousands pumping fists in a packed Sahara Tent. Before coming out Ma said, “I feel really calm, even though is this the biggest show we’ve ever played, just because we’ve been touring. Also, we have a great team that’s really reliable. Everything feels so solid right now and we know the songs really well. We’re ready.”