GUNSHIP is a neon soaked, late night, sonic getaway drive, dripping with luscious analogue synthesizers, cinematic vocals and cyberpunk values, exploding from the front cover of a dusty plastic VHS case which has lain forgotten since 1984. Created by Dan Haigh, Alex Westaway and Alex Gingell, GUNSHIP is an evolution of the of the recently popularised synthwave genre, which was originally started by Rosso Corsa records & The Valerie Collective artists.
The band return with another world first, salvaging yet another relic from the retro gaming hall of fame. The band are re-releasing their critically acclaimed self-titled album on cassette. On side-a the golden cassette features GUNSHIP’s self-titled album and on side-b, Jeff Minter’s classic Commodore 64 game ‘Attack Of The Mutant Camels’. Not only is this the first cassette album release to feature a built in C64 game, but this version of the album will also be the only version of the album to feature the April Towers remix of ‘The Mountain’, which was premiered with Earmilk earlier this year.
Gunship Commodore 64 Competition
It’s time to put your retro gaming chops to the test! To accompany the bands cassette release, in true GUNSHIP style the band have also launched a competition to win a one-off, custom neon pink Commodore 64 to play their new cassette/cartridge release.
We worked with Jed Shepherd at Post/Pop records to cook up a version of our album on gold cassette tape, with our music on side A and a Commodore 64 game on side B to hopefully bring some attention back to this fantastic era in game design. It’s an honour to share a cassette tape with Jeff Minter! The man is a icon in the classic gaming world.
The competition is open now and the challenge is simple, visit this online emulator, and attack your keyboard in an effort to reach the highest score possible in ‘Llamatron’!
- Players must compete using this emulated version of LLAMATRON (Mac or PC).
- To submit your score: If you manage to get a high score, the game will ask you to enter your name – please enter your Twitter handle (or at least as much of it as fits). Please then take a picture of yourself alongside the high score table, with your score clearly visible in the same picture, and tweet it to @GUNSHIPMusic, including the hashtag #LlamasAteMyParents.
To use the emulator all you have to do is visit the link above, click the power button and once it has loaded you will just need to hit your space bar until the game begins. Once the game begins the only keys you will need are your arrow keys as you aim your Llama’s spit to the Gaunts, and save as many Beasties as possible!
In ‘Llamatron’ it is possible to play in single player mode with a ‘droid’ helping you. This option is available at the start of a new game by toggling left/right. Scores submitted while playing with a helper ‘droid’ are acceptable for submission. Team mode is also available – twice the firepower, but twice the chance to die horribly! We recommend 1P+Droid for your best chance!
- Custom GUNSHIP Metallic Pink C64 Home Computer
- GUNSHIP Golden Tape Cassette featuring album tracks on Side A and “Attack of the Mutant Camels” on Side B
- Commodore tape deck
- Power supply & TV lead
- Additional Games:
- The Helm
- Duck Shoot
- Formula 1 Simulator
- Red Max
- Kickstart 2
The competition will close on 10th December 2015 and the winner will be announced soon thereafter. The winner will also have the chance to be personally presented their console (location dependent) and a copy of the album by GUNSHIP.
For more details on the competition and launch event you can head over to the website.