The Advantage / Trash / Oct. 16, 2004
Listening to live band interpretations of classic video game music is pretty damn sweet, even if you’re like me and you spent your childhood reading books rather than playing Nintendo. The Advantage, which features Spencer, the guitarist from Hella, on drums, are basically an ace instrumental math-rock band with a supreme command of melody. It just so happens that all their music was written by obscure Japanese people in the ‘80s.
Unfortunately, watching The Advantage play is more boring than watching your friends play videogames. At least the games have cool visuals. The Advantage was just a bunch of dudes concentrating really, really hard on their instruments. So I left in the middle of their set, concentrating really, really hard on getting home and having yet another year of CMJ over and done with.