Music is one of the few constants of society. Even before people settle down in one place, or develop complicated commerce, we create music as a way to bond with one another, to pass the time and even to make the necessary tasks for surviving go by a little faster. As our civilizations grow more complex, and our technological achievements became more impressive, music remains a constant in our lives. This art form has grown and changed along with us, reflecting the struggles and themes of our lives, altering itself right alongside the rise (and fall) of those who make it.
If your game takes place in a sci fi setting, whether it’s in the grungy, neon canyons of a cyberpunk dystopia, the far flung colonies on a rim world or in the depths of a gleaming megalopolis where a thousand different cultures interact every single day, there’s something in this supplement to help color in the silence of your setting. And if your players want to fill in some background details for their characters, they might even want to go through the list and choose some of their characters’ favorite bands.
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- Gamma Protocol When most people think of the radioactive genre (or “rad rock” as it’s come to be known in some quarters), Gamma Protocol is usually the band that first comes to mind in terms of sound, theme and perhaps most importantly, their color palette. Covered in bright, sickly greens and night glo paint reminiscent of the old time radium accents, rad rock is the unholy hate child of glam and grunge turned loose and ready to howl. Full of rebellion and horror, this “toxic rock” group has been the subject of no small amount of push back, but the controversy just keeps their streams running hot, and their pits full of screaming faces.
- Escape Velocity Poetry in motion, as the band’s debut album was titled, Escape Velocity harnesses the angst that everyone has felt in their youth. With songs about coming of age, lost loves, stupid decisions and letting your mistakes scar over instead of getting infected, black tears became their signature symbol for over a decade. Though they’ve lapsed into retirement twice now, with their fans fully expecting them to hang up their instruments for good, they always come back to suck in a whole new generation that’s experiencing their sound for the first time. Ironically, they’ve become a way for a lot of parents to bond with their kids, reminding both the young and the old that everyone has to face their own trials, and learn their own lessons.
- Black Hole Sons The universe is full of terrifying things, and one of those things is the very concept of a black hole. This band’s entire theme is based around them taking on the personas of cosmic beings who have escaped imprisonment in such a place, and they use a combination of prosthetics and bizarre costuming to create these terrifying avatars. Unrecognizable out of costume, the band never breaks character while sealed in, which has led to some of their less well balanced fans taking on a cult like devotion to these figures. Some of the more extreme (and disturbed) individuals even believe the band are truly the heralds of alien gods come to bring a message to the masses… something that’s been good for sales and publicity, but which has led to talks about changing their artistic direction in recent years.
- Scrapyard Remix artists are more common than scam ads on the nets, but there are a few who have managed to rise above the tide. It takes real skill to be able to take parts and pieces from existing catalogs before cutting them together into something that feels fresh and unique, and Scrapyard is known for doing that very thing better than anyone else. While they’ve had surprising staying power in their own careers, their new mash ups have actually managed to revitalize the careers of more than a few artists who’d been forgotten by the public at large. Scrapyard never performs in public venues, always appearing in a full mask whenever they do show up on video, ensuring the focus stays on the music rather than on them as an individual.
- Curiosity Known for their uplifting sound, as well as themes of hope and wonder, this band took their name from an ancient exploratory probe that had been all but forgotten about so many years from its original launch. With a catalog that’s at least partially made up of odes to major star voyages and discoveries, this band’s remaining songs are about adventure, possibility and never being afraid to reach for the stars if that is where you truly want to find yourself.
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