Stranger Things Have Happened: Inside Austin's Synth Explosion
Inspired by SURVIVE's success with their Stranger Things theme music, Rolling Stone's Christopher Weingarten takes us inside the underground analog synth scene thriving in Austin, TX. Weingarten From the local synth heaven store Switched On to the local cassette label Holodeck, we learn of the engaging synth scene that is bursting with metal-tinged darkwave, creep dance, future-shocked synth pop and more.This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone
Score for Netflix smash 'Stranger Things' was penned by Survive's Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein. Bobby Scheidemann for Rolling Stone
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Four-man analog synth goosebumpers Survive have been playing fog-soaked, menacingly throbbing shows around Austin for nearly a decade. Their music was released on limited-edition cassettes and, for a while, their audience seemed limited too – since their esoteric sound was a balmy midnight cruise somewhere between John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream and an Italian giallo bloodfeast.
That all changed on July 15th, with the release of nostalgia-seeped Netflix smash Stranger Things, with its neon, laser-etched synth score penned by the band's Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein.
"The day the show went out, I went camping outside of Portland. I didn't have cell service for the weekend," says Dixon, packed alongside his bandmates in the corner patio table of local brunch spot Bullfight. "I got back into Portland on Sunday, turned my phone on. Just fltltltltltltltltltltltlt. Text messages and notifications and messaging from any kind of app possible just rolled out like ticker tape. My phone got noticeably hot....