Rockapella Makes Unprecedented, All-Vocal Contribution to Rock Band Network
Boston, MA - December 17rd, 2010
PAID, Inc., in partnership with Rochester, NY's Fairwood Studios, has announced today the appearance of world-famous a cappella group Rockapella in the Rock Band series of video games, marking the first ever group to appear in a plastic instrument game while playing no instruments themselves.
Rockapella has gained a vast following in their 24 years as a group, earning a fan base in Japan and with celebrities ranging from Whoopi Goldberg to Matt Lauer. The title track from their newest album, "Bang", will be the first track in Rock Band to feature full, four-instrument gameplay with no live or synthesized instruments; all sounds on the track are provided solely by the voices and appendages of Rockapella.
"Everyone here has very high opinions of Rockapella's work, both their old material and their newest album," said Robert Witko, owner of Fairwood Studios, the Rock Band Network authoring team developing the track. "So we're very excited to work with them, especially on a project that's so unconventional and unique. It's something we love to do, and it's even better to do it with a group we all enjoy."
Rockapella - “Bang” will be released this winter through the Rock Band Network for $1.99, £0.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360).
Preview video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1FPUrO2ZQA
A: Because we could. And because it hasn't been done before, but we had the sense that somehow, it could be done. Turns out we were right.
Q: No Carmen?
A: Officially, no comment. But we're optimistic that it'll be possible.
Q: Why not RBN2.0? No harmonies?
A: No harmonies. The reason is, it would either be harmonies but no guitar, or guitar but no harmonies. The project was started way back in the summer, and we didn't expect things to cut so close to 2.0, but from the beginning it was going to be just one vocalist with harmonies on guitar, and at least for this one we're not deviating from that. Plus, we wanna include RB2 players in the whole thing.