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Bear McCreary Rocks Out the Horror Tunes

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When you think soundtracks that kick ass, one name comes immediately to mind … Bear McCreary. The guy has delivered the goods on so many projects it’s hard to list them all, but now you have your chance to get your mits on a few of them. Read on!

From the Press Release
Bear McCreary falls victim to the zombie apocalypse, not once but twice this fall. AMC will begin airing the second season of the acclaimed series “The Walking Dead” on Sunday, October 16th, and BuySoundtrax Records has announced the November 2nd release of his original songs and score for Chillerama: Zom-B-Movie. To celebrate these two events, McCreary has launched a new version of his very popular website and blog.

AMC’s critically acclaimed original series “The Walking Dead” is back with its highly anticipated second season. Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead. The show boasted the highest ratings for a cable series in 2010, and its season finale had the biggest average seasonal audience in the 18-49 demo of any drama in basic cable history. Season 2 premieres with a 90-minute episode on Sunday, October 16 at 9/8c.

“This season of ‘The Walking Dead’ is even more terrifying, gripping and emotionally-charged as the first,” said McCreary. “I’m very excited to be back in this unique musical playground, working with dissonant string orchestra, electric banjo, detuned autoharps and other unusual instruments. Fans will be thrilled with the creative direction the series and the score are taking for this next season.”

In the spirit of classic anthology films like Creepshow and Twilight Zone: The Movie and containing films that not only celebrate the golden age of drive-in B horror shlock but also span over four decades of cinema, Chillerama offers something for every bad taste. Zom-B-Movie was directed by Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, Knights of Badassdom) and stars Richard Riehle (Office Space) and Brendan McCreary (the band Young Beautiful In A Hurry). Chillerama will be available on DVD or Blu-Ray on November 29, 2011.

“My score for Zom-B-Movie,” said McCreary, “is both epic and simple, sophisticated and juvenile, terrifyingly dissonant and melodically tender. Writing this music made me feel like a kid again; crouched before an analog TV set flickering with a VHS copy of Gremlins.”

Chillerama: Zom-B-Movie also gave Bear the opportunity to expand into two new areas: acting and directing. Bear makes a cameo as a deranged painter using, well, an unorthodox medium for his work. In addition, Bear directed a special music video for the film’s closing credits, for the single “I Don’t Want to Die a Virgin” by Young Beautiful in a Hurry. The video is currently online at YouTube.

The McCreary Brothers will reunite again, this time joined by Brendon Small (Dethklok/Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse) on November 9th in Los Angeles for a special benefit. Together they will join with a unique group of musicians — and Queen fans — to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s passing with The Show Must Go On — a live performance of the music of Queen — at The Roxy Theatre. All proceeds from the concert and memorabilia auction will be donated to AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), to help combat the disease that took Freddie from this world.

“Queen was a rock band with truly orchestral sensibilities,” added Bear McCreary. “Their melodies, harmonies and passion for lyrical storytelling place their songs amongst the most essential ever written.”

October 16 8PM/9PM Central
“The Walking Dead” Season Two airs on AMC

November 2
Chillerama: Zom-B-Movie soundtrack available digitally here!

November 9
The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On band:
Lead Vocals: Brendan McCreary (Young Beautiful in a Hurry)
Guitar: Brendon Small (Dethklok and creator of Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse)
Piano: Bear McCreary (composer of Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead)
Guitar: Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai); Rick Musallam (The Roots, Gwen Stefani)
Bass: Pete Griffin (Zappa Plays Zappa)
Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa)
Backing Vocals: Raya Yarbrough (Battlestar Galactica); Felice Hernandez (Pretzel Logic); Ben Thomas (Zappa Plays Zappa)

The Roxy Theatre (9009 West Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA)
All Ages
Tickets: $35 available here
All proceeds will go to AIDS Project Los Angeles

Bear McReary Rocks Out the Horror Tunes

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