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(The Hit Points)

It’s your favorite songs from video games—but with some Appalachian flair. In The Hit Points debut self-titled album, the video game cover band takes on tunes from old faves like Sonic the Hedgehog and Final Fantasy VII and new titles like Skyrim and League of Legends, adding in twangy banjo, soothing acoustic guitar and more.

A collaboration between violinist Eli Bishop and banjoist Matt Menefee, the Nashville-based band wanted to give their favorite digital beats a bluegrass makeover as an homage to their childhood that was filled with plenty of music and screen time.

“Bluegrass was a huge part of our musical upbringings, but we’ve been continually inspired by the music in videogames,” says Bishop. “While playing videogames, it’d be common to grab an instrument and play along to the music in games like Castlevania or Pokémon. I suppose combining bluegrass and videogame music seemed like a natural progression under those circumstances.”

Check out the full track list below—and take a listen on Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify.

  1. Those Who Fight Further (Final Fantasy VII)
  2. Guile’s Theme (Street Fighter)
  3. Presentiment/Chrono Trigger (Chrono Trigger)
  4. Rocket Hideout (Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow)
  5. Athletic Theme (Super Mario World)
  6. Green Hill Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  7. Ballad of the Goddess (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword)
  8. Dance of Pales (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night)
  9. Nascence/Road of Trials (Journey)
  10. Taliyah, the Stoneweaver (League of Legends)
  11. Double Dragon Theme/Mission 1 (Double Dragon)
  12. Streets of Whiterun (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)





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