Zombies are a popular trope throughout the history of music — maybe it’s because they symbolize the decay of culture and the evils of consumerism latent in a seemingly Democratic society. Or maybe it’s just because they’re extremely rad. Either way, the band The Devil Wears Prada is jumping on the zombie train with a new iOS app titled Zombie Slay, which accompanies their 2010 Zombie EP.
“When we had the idea to write songs based on Zombie chaos, one of the enticing side effects was being able to do cool stuff outside of the EP itself,” says lead vocalist Mike Hranica. “We’ve always liked the idea of offering our fans something really unique. We’re all a bunch of Apple nerds and we spend a lot of downtime on tour playing with games and apps.”
The game — which allows players to compete against each other in the quest to do away with the evil undead — is scored with all five songs from the band’s EP. It costs $1.99, which is a small price to pay for a world bereft of flesh-chomping fiends.
Social and mobile games are becoming more and more prevalent in the music world, allowing bands to package their tunes in a more interactive way. Eminem recently released an EP titled Hell: The Sequel with his side project, Bad Meets Evil, a hip-hip duo including Royce Da 5’9, and heralded the release with a Facebook game. Kreayshawn also recently came out with her own online diversion in the form of Kreayshawn: The Game. Even super chill indie band Wavves is planning on creating a Paperboy-like game.
What do you think? Is this burgeoning way to play music a KO?
By Brenna Ehrlich