In addition to scary monsters and super (government) creeps, the hit supernatural Netflix drama Stranger Things has captured the imagination of fans thanks to the haunting synth-heavy soundtrack created by Austin, Texas, band S U R V I V E. The first volume of their music for the show written and directed by the Duffer Brothers is now available for streaming, with a physical release due on Sept. 16.
In a press release accompanying the 36-song first volume, the band’s Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon described the process of getting their under-the-radar band’s music into the 1980s throwback thriller. “The directors were previously fans of S U R V I V E. They used a song from our first LP in a trailer they made to pitch their concept to Netflix. Once the show was picked up, they reached out to see if we were available to score the show,” Dixon said. “We discussed having a classic tone and feel to the music for the show but being reserved enough that it wasn’t ’80s cheese, while offering a refreshing quality so that felt modern,” Stein added. “This was one of the qualities that drew them to our music in the first place. Having a familiarity with classic synths worked, but with an overall forward thinking approach.”
The second volume of the pair’s music for the show will drop digitally on Aug. 19 and physically on Sept. 23.