Exclusive Track Premiere: “The Mud” from VFW Soundtrack

Lakeshore Records in a special collaboration with FANGORIA, are set to release VFW—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.  Featuring music by iconic dark Synthwave musician Steve Moore (The Mind’s Eye, Mayhem), the score provides a driving, starkly ominous backdrop to the extreme thriller.  The album will be released digitally on February 14th (order HERE).  The FANGORIA film directed by Joe Begos (Almost Human, Bliss), will be released in theaters on February 14th as well.

Today, we’re thrilled to exclusively premiere a track from the upcoming soundtrack. Give “The Mud” a listen embedded at the top of the article!

Says Moore: “The stakes felt pretty high for this one. The real challenge was matching the intensity of the performances, which are fantastic. My influences also included 80’s Tangerine Dream soundtracks like Near Dark, Alan Silvestri’s Predator scores and late 80’s/early 90’s metal – the slow stuff like Obituary and Winter.”

01. Opening
02. Is it Real?
03. Montage
04. Do What You Gotta Do

05. Run Lizard Run
06. Axe Attack
07. Hey Punk
08. While the Larger Force Regroups
09. Alive
10. Now the Girl Talks
11. Enough to Kill the Kid Over
12. The Mud
13. I Think We’re Gonna be Fine
14. Walk it Off
15. One More For the Road
16. Let’s Make a Deal
17. There’s No Negotiating
18. Fire it Up
19. Follow My Lead
20. Hello Fred
21. Murder is Subjective
22. Nobody’s Gonna Take this Ridge
23. The Deuce and a Half
24. I Like This Place
25. End of the Line
26. Happy Birthday Old Man
27. End Credits


Via Allmusic: New York-based musician Steve Moore is a prolific multi-instrumentalist whose work has ranged from noise rock to minimal techno to film scores. As the co-founder of the synth-heavy prog rock duo ZombiMoore played a major role in the resurgence of interest in vintage horror film soundtracks during the 2000s and 2010s, greatly influencing the Synthwave genre. Similarly, Moore‘s early solo albums such as 2007’s The Henge and 2010’s Primitive Neural Pathways preceded the revival of Berlin School-style synth music and new age. Moore‘s ventures into beat-driven material have included disco records as Gianni Rossi (including 2011 full-length Burning Feeling) and techno singles on labels such as Kompakt and L.I.E.S. He has become increasingly busy composing soundtracks for horror films, such as 2016’s The Mind’s Eye. He resumed non-soundtrack work with his ambient-leaning 2019 full-length Beloved Exile.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1975, he was a member of experimental hardcore group Microwaves during the early 2000s. Along with drummer A.E. PaterraMoore formed Zombi, a duo heavily influenced by vintage prog rock as well as classic horror movie soundtracks by the likes of Goblin and John CarpenterZombi signed to metal label Relapse and released many acclaimed albums, earning a dedicated fan base. In 2007, Relapse issued Moore‘s first solo effort, a dark, sprawling electronic album titled The Henge. In 2008, HLAVA released one of Moore‘s early synthesizer demos on vinyl, and Noiseville released his LP Vaalbara. In 2008, Moore debuted his alias Gianni Rossi by composing a sleazy disco soundtrack to a low-budget flick titled Gutterballs. Neo-disco label Permanent Vacation issued the album in 2009.

By this time, Zombi‘s music had also become more influenced by electro and Italo-disco, and Moore became a prolific remixer in addition to creating his own dance tracks. He debuted his disco alter ego Lovelock in early 2010, releasing a Patrick Cowley-esque EP titled Pino Grigio on Mindless Boogie. He also shared a split single with Maxime Dangles as part of revered German techno label Kompakt’s Speicher series. Static Caravan released his solo LP Primitive Neural Pathways, later compiling it on CD with Vaalbara. As Gianni Rossi, he composed the soundtrack to Star Vehicle, which was issued by Permanent Vacation in early 2011. Also that year, he debuted his synth pop duo Miracle (with British musician Daniel O’Sullivan) with several singles on House Anxiety Records. Under his own name, he released the “Zero-Point Field” single on Ron Morelli‘s L.I.E.S. imprint, which was followed by “Panther Moderns” in 2012. The year also brought Lovelock‘s debut full-length, Burning Feeling, on Internasjonal. Temporary Residence issued Brainstorm, a split LP between Moore and Paterra under his Majeure alias. Also that year, Cuneiform released Moore‘s solo album Light Echoes.

In 2013, Moore‘s soundtrack to the 2005 documentary Horror Business was issued on vinyl by Death Waltz, the cassette Positronic Neural Pathways was released by VCO Records, and the single “Zen Spiders” appeared on Future Times. Near the end of the year, Planet Mu released Miracle‘s debut full-length, Mercury, and Moore‘s solo album Pangaea Ultima surfaced on Spectrum Spools. In 2015, two additional soundtrack albums by Moore were released: The Guest (Death Waltz) and Cub (Relapse). He also released 7″ singles on Ghost Box (“Other Voices 04”) and Death Waltz (“Irresistible Force vs. Immovable Object”). Moore‘s soundtrack for the thriller The Mind’s Eye appeared on Relapse in late 2016. He returned the following year with a soundtrack to the American action-horror movie Mayhem, which was also released via Relapse. Beloved ExileMoore‘s first non-soundtrack album in over five years, was released by Temporary Residence in 2019. The full-length featured appearances by harpist Mary Lattimore and Tunisian singer/songwriter Emel Mathlouthi.

Check out the synopsis and trailer for VFW below.

VFW follows Fred and his military buddies as they must defend their local VFW post – and an innocent teen – against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants. These Vietnam vets have been to hell and back, but this will be the longest night of their lives.

VFW stars Martin Kove, Stephen Lang, and Sierra McCormick.

Are you excited to check out VFW later this week? What do you think of “The Mud” from the soundtrack? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.



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