Anyone who saw (and had their hearing obliterated) by Los Angeles electronic noise rock band HEALTH at The Smell in their early days might be a little surprised to hear that the group’s next project has them scoring a big-budget video game for Rockstar Games, Max Payne 3. The band will compose a score for the game, in addition to recording new songs for the game’s soundtrack.
“Video games are redefining entertainment and whether people like it or not, they are becoming as culturally relevant as films,” says the band in a press release. “We feel that Rockstar’s projects have an undeniably raw and tasteful aesthetic. It’s vitally important to us that we be involved in things we respect artistically. Max Payne 3 has a complex story that unfolds mercilessly and we are excited to be a part of it.”
We get a teaser of the score in the recently released trailer for the game, an atmospheric blend of synths, feedback, and charging toms. The electronic components lend the game an ’80s cartel-drama sleaziness, while the powerful drums, a HEALTH staple, fit nicely with its sense of raw, propulsive violence. The game is slated for a May 15th release.