Not satisfied by playing covers of their musical heroes, a new wave of bands are increasingly inspired by and devoted to heroes found in books, film, and internet culture. With the rise of Fan Bands like Okillly Dokilly, a band devoted to Simpsons character Ned Flanders, the music scene shifts from cheap musical imitations to genre breaking multimedia experiences.
At first glance Mutiny of Clowns (MoC) is just another quirky, grunge band that should have been relegated to a flannel clad dustbin, but something about their debut title, The Pirate Groom, caught our attention, and the attention of thousands on Reddit. The album appears to be not only based on cult classic, The Princess Bride, but also in sync with the movie, appropriating it as one of the longest music videos in history. MoC’s website makes no mention of this seemingly blatant mixed media creation leaving listeners wondering if the album syncs, or if it is just a fan theory. RollingsTone caught up with front man, Matt Schaub to better understand this phenomenon.
It seems like you went to a lot of trouble to match The Princess Bride to The Pirate Groom. Why haven’t you made this more apparent?
It’s fake news [said with a smirk reminiscent of Kellyanne Conway]. Why should I advance crackpot theories about strange coincidences?
We’ve read through the Reddit reviews and counted hundreds of these “coincidences”. Including obvious references, like the sound of horse hooves playing simultaneous to Buttercup’s on screen ride.
Yeah I’m going to have to do something about that… maybe ask them nicely to delete their threads. Many, many people are saying they should. After all, if we can’t agree on a common set of facts, words lose their power and we lose the ability to speak meaningfully.
Speaking of facts why has no one ever seen your credited song writer Ernest Ngrom? And isn’t it a bit too convenient that his name is an anagram for Morgenstern, the author of The Princess Bride?
I’m offended that you’d ask this so close to the anniversary of Ernest’s death. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the book was written by William Goldman (May he Rest In Peace) and Morgenstern was just a fictional plot device used in the book but not the movie… I’m not sure, [I’m] not really a fan of either. But if you’re making the case that I made a fictional band member named after a fictional author, I think it weakens your central argument [said with the same and now omnipresent smirk].
Speaking of weak, we noticed the harmonies were a bit pitchy and some of the guitar work was muddy, was this done intentionally?
No one doubts the talent or brilliance of [our drummer] Brett [Geiger] — so why would you think a brilliant person would perform with anyone below his abilities on a conspiracy theory project? Maybe you should be interviewing him about these silly coincidences because I don’t have time for it.
We did interview Brett and he said “We are men of action, lies do not become us”, another line from The Princess Bride. Can you tell me a little more about the opening track, “Intro to a First Kiss” which syncs with the movie’s intro until the main character’s first kiss?
You’re doing this all wrong, this interview is over.
Well in the words of what is likely 1 of 2 nonfictional members of MoC, “this interview is over”, but who knows what’s next for a band devoted to The Princess Bride and devoted to not talking about it.