Peacemaker Composer Talks Being Inspired By 80s Hair Bands


Peacemaker fans can’t wait for the sixth episode to hit HBO Max tomorrow and see where things are headed after last week’s cliffhanger. Along with DC treasures and James Gunn-fueled hilarity, one super fun thing about the new series is the soundtrack. Of course, Gunn is known for putting bangers in his projects, and the music on his latest show is all about hair metal. Fans love the opening credits, which feature a dance number to Wig Wam’s “Do Ya Wanna Taste It.” Along with the inclusion of some famous hair metal bands, the show also features an excellent score from Kevin Kiner and Clint Mansell. In a recent interview with The creditsKiner talked about working with Gunn and using hair metal to inspire the score.

“James gave us tons of playlists,” Kiner explained. “Actually, that’s where Clint is amazing. He knows each of these bands. I didn’t know Hanoi Rocks from the Beatles. I had never heard of this band, so I had to do some homework. C “Homework was fun because I really loved the music. One of the things we talked about with James was the shameless melodic ballads that these bands would do. Leaning into that was one of the early philosophies.

“The soundtrack will be released the day after the last episode, in February, and one of the tracks from the soundtrack wasn’t on any of the shows, but it was our original skit,” Kiner explained. “I think we call it ‘Peacemaker Theme Jam’ or something. It’s a four-minute piece that you’d hear Freddie Mercury and Queen or Cinderella do. It’s a long song with a big giant chorus that sings in the middle. We really leaned into the rock element but combined it with the orchestra and the choir. We went. There was no room for subtlety, at least in that sense The other part is the emotional component. With the Peacemaker theme, it’s quite an accessible melody, and it plays in different instances. It plays in Episode 1 when he returns to his trailer, which inhabits it. It’s just a solo electric guitar. We chose that instead of a piano or something that would be more typical in a score. Playing the emotions on the electric guitar, and even using a 12-string, which we don’t have not on this line but that we have for other emotional lines, is an au Something these headbands loved to do. of Led Zeppelin, which is my influence. That’s where I grew up. I graduated from high school in ’76. So Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath were the bands that influenced me.

In addition to John Cena in the lead role, Peacemaker also includes The Suicide Squadis Jennifer Holland as Emilia Harcourt and Steve Agee as John Economos. The series also stars Danielle Brooks as Leota Adebayo, Robert Patrick as Auggie Smith, Freddie Stroma as Vigilante, Christopher Heyerdahl as Captain Locke, Chukwudi Iwuji as Clemson Murn, Lochlyn Munro as Larry Fitzgibbon, and Annie Chang as Sophie Song.

Peacemaker releases new episodes on HBO Max on Thursdays.


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