Like everyone else on the planet who is remotely interested in horror, I recently devoured the eight episode masterpiece that was Stranger Things. As someone who grew up in the ’80s, this series has earned a very special place in my heart. And I could write for days about the loving homages to King, Carpenter, Koontz, Barker and many other horror masters that the Duffer Brothers wove into the show. But that’s not what I’m here to write about today.
See, there are few things that I love even more than horror, but one of them is music. There are places where my love of both horror and music overlap, and in the center of that Venn diagram are two words: John Carpenter. From The Thing to Halloween to They Live and more, John Carpenter’s synth-infused scores are etched into my brain forever.
So it should come as no surprise that the first time I heard the theme for Stranger Things, I was in love. And I immediately needed to know who was responsible for it, and the rest of the score that elevated the show to legendary status.
Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon are one half of the band S U R V I V E, are they’re the dynamic duo behind the music of Stranger Things. Over on the S U R V I V E Bandcamp page you can check out and purchase their current catalog of music, which you will absolutely adore if you dug any of the stuff on Stranger Things. They have a new album coming out on September 30th, and I will be grabbing that the day it arrives. You can also check out a bunch of their stuff on SoundCloud.
Most of my writing is done to horror movie soundtracks, and just about everything from S U R V I V E will immediately make it into the regular rotation. It was also announced that there will be a Stranger Things soundtrack release, though I’m less interested in the licensed tracks the show used (although they were universally great).
So, in summary–go support S U R V I V E, because Stranger Things wouldn’t have been have as good without Stein and Dixon’s wonderful score. Bravo, gentlemen. Bravo.