The Chicago-based band I Fight Dragons mixes good ole rock with NES-style chiptune music. Imagine if YMCK and Anamanaguchi were put in a blender and the J-pop switch was changed to English-speaking powerpop. This is I Fight Dragons, and this is awesome. The band straddles genres with a subtle grace, never dropping too much on the electronic side, sometimes clinging to its rock roots and refusing to let go. The end result, however, is nothing short of catchy and unique.
The band’s debut EP, Cool is Just a Number, can be previewed on their MySpace page, is available as a CD, or you can just download it on iTunes. Amie Street also has a digital download for practically nothing. You can even get a free digital copy of the EP by signing up for the mailing list. Hard to argue with that, isn’t it?
Anyway, I’ve kind of tripped and fallen for the I Fight Dragons sound. It’s a little less chiptune-ish than I usually like, but at least I can listen to it while other, non-geeky humans are around without getting strange looks thrown my way.