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Music by Computer Games (Darren and Chuck's Band)

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Lin wrote:
Darren and Chuck started a band and are releasing something next week!!



So much happening this year and it's only just March...

Lin, thanks so much for posting the G-R-E-A-T news!   I hope you don't mind.  I opened up a new thread for Computer Games. 

Oh wow!!!   That's so great!!  I am taken totally by surprise!   I wasn't expecting any music by Darren any time soon, especially since he's busy with TV projects.  And I never expected new music by a band comprised of Darren and his brother, Chuck!   This is such a wonderful surprise!  Yea!!!   clapping hands celebrate


What a cool thing to do!   Not only do we get some new music from Darren that we have been hoping for, but we get Chuck's wonderful musical talent as well.  So great!   I already signed up on their email list.   :amused

I can't wait until next week!   I'll just be doing this in the mean time, twiddling my thumbs.  excited

This is gonna make Darren's fans sooooo happy, and Freelance Whales fans too!






A few more things posted about Computer Games:

By dailydarrennews:



@DarrenCriss  .@Chuck_Criss and I grew up playing computer games. Now we’re kinda sorta adults that decided to start a band together cuz @weplaycomputers.

March 02 2017

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Follow Darren and Chuck’s band on their official Twitter @weplaycomputers, their official Instagram here and sign up for their newsletter on their official website here.


March 02 2017

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Darren Criss Beyonces world: new music coming next week

March 2, 2017

Darren Criss and his brother Chuck Criss are combining their musical talents and forming a the band Computer Games!

The boys are back and better together! Darren Criss took to Instagram to announce a new musical collaboration. Computer Games will feature Darren Criss and his brother Chuck Criss coming together to create all new original music!

When will the music be released? Next week! That’s right, Darren and Chuck Criss are dropping new music Beyoncé-style!

In case you didn’t notice, the world has undergone a Darren Criss original music drought since the conclusion of the Listen Up tour in 2013. A few Broadway turns as Hedwig and J. Pierrepont Finch brought Darren back to the stage, but television kept drawing him back.

Beyond Glee, Darren remains in the Ryan Murphy universe. His brief stint on AHS: Hotel has him ordering pretentious meals before Kathy Bates murders him.

Luckily, his next venture is far more appealing as he is set to play the role of Andrew Cunanan in Murphy’s Versace: American Crime Story. This is set to air as the third installment of the series. Both Cunnan and Criss are half Filipino, making the casting that much better.



Chuck Criss kept busy with the band Freelance Whales. The indie rock group originated in New York City with Chuck and fellow bandmates Judah Dadone, Jacob Hyman, Kevin Read, and several others who are no longer with the group.

The group’s last song, “Hyde,” came out in 2014. Chances are you’ve heard the Freelance Whales before. Their music is featured in many shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Once Tree Hill, and, ironically, Chuck.

Both Criss brothers are incredibly talented musicians. Each of them plays a wide variety of instruments ranging from drums, to piano, to guitar, to synthesizer, and even the glockenspiel. Writing, composing, you name it these two have done it and done it well.

They are also no strangers to collaboration. Chuck Criss performed some of the songs for his brother’s Team Starkid web series, Little White Lie. Chuck and Darren are frequently seen supporting each other’s work either right on stage, or in the front row. In 2012 they covered Bob Dylan’s “New Morning” for Amnesty.



Fans of both Criss brothers’ musical careers have clamored for a very long time for the duo to write and produce music together. At long last, that day has finally come!

While there is not much on the website, you can check out the Computer Games page and sign up for future announcements!

ARE YOU EXCITED FOR COMPUTER GAMES?
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Note:  Please click on the link to the Hypable article to give it some numbers:  Hypable Link

Link:  http://www.hypable.com/darren-criss-new-music-band-chuck-criss



So the name of the band has an electronica musical ring to it.   Electro-pop?  EDM (electronic dance music)?    I am not familiar with the music of Freelance Whales.  Is anyone here familiar with them?  How would you describe their music?  What kind of music do you think Darren and his brother would make?

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Yea!

It's obviously an exciting news. And a nice way to announce it. 

The video let imagine they could bring some "video game sounds" in their songs and it's something I would love but music from video games is often similar to music from movies. Here's the soundtrack of a major computer game from the late nineties (so, it could be one of the games that Darren and Chuck played during their childhood) :

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Poppy wrote:Lin, thanks so much for posting the G-R-E-A-T news!   I hope you don't mind.  I opened up a new thread for Computer Games. 

Oh wow!!!   That's so great!!  I am taken totally by surprise!   I wasn't expecting any music by Darren any time soon, especially since he's busy with TV projects.  And I never expected new music by a band comprised of Darren and his brother, Chuck!   This is such a wonderful surprise!  Yea!!!   clapping hands celebrate
Thanks for the new thread!

I'm not surprised at all, I totally-
nah, he got me here! Razz (Although I did think the cute childhood picture with Chuck he posted last week was slightly "out of character"... he doesn't really share personal stuff like that, so I briefly wondered if there was any reason. But I just told myself to stop overanalysing the poor guy. Embarassed )
Definitely didn't expect this!


They are having a small show/launch party at the Mercury Lounge in NYC next Wednesday. According to the tickets page (which sold out within a few minutes), the EP is called "Lost Boys Life".


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Jeremy wrote:

It's obviously an exciting news. And a nice way to announce it.

ha!   Jeremy's dancing banana.  You know there is some exciting news when you see Jeremy use that smiley.  :amused 


I actually find his method of announcement pretty low key.  No real teasing of a big announcement to come, considering Darren's fans have been waiting since 2011 (I think that was when he signed with Sony/Columbia) for his an EP or album.   No weeks of giving hints on social media.  Except for that pic of little Chuck and Darren, the pics of them vacationing together (in FL) and doing that Wine (Star?) gig together, no outright verbal hints of music to come, or hints of big news to come.   At first, I was a little surprised about how low key the announcement was.  But right now, I think the way he announced it, through a cute, funny little video of Chuck and Darren arriving at a "spontaneous" agreement to start a band and release music the very next week--love Darren's literal wink in the video btw--is very "Darren-like."   Low key, relaxed, more interested in music for music's sake, than about big commercial marketing.


Jeremy wrote:The video let imagine they could bring some "video game sounds" in their songs and it's something I would love but music from video games is often similar to music from movies. Here's the soundtrack of a major computer game from the late nineties (so, it could be one of the games that Darren and Chuck played during their childhood) :

That was a fun video, Jeremy.  I didn't play video games, but I'm sure a lot of people have heard that soundtrack.   I have a relative who's been educating me a bit about electro-pop and there sometimes is an obvious jazz/swing influence (you can hear that in that video you posted).   We know Darren does love jazz.

I was introduced to this song, "Frame of Mind," by Tristam  & Braken.  If (and that's a big "If") Darren does some electro-pop, this song is the kind of music I would love to see him do.  A nice combination of meaningful lyrics, nice vocals and interesting electronic sounds.



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I'm not surprised at all, I totally-
nah, he got me here! (Although I did think the cute childhood picture with Chuck he posted last week was slightly "out of character"... he doesn't really share personal stuff like that, so I briefly wondered if there was any reason. But I just told myself to stop overanalysing the poor guy.  )
Definitely didn't expect this!

Yes, I thought it was out-of-character to post a private childhood pic.  And was also thinking their pics on the beach (with Ricky too, I think in FL?) looked sort of celebratory (but what were they celebrating exactly?), but then again, maybe they just were happy to do that Wine (Star?) event together, and Darren loves to celebrate life in general (I love that about him).

 haha!  I love that you and other Darren fans (Lilikoiluv, DaisiesAndLilies, dusty, Jeremy, including myself) try to read between the lines with our very secretive boy.  He truly is ninja-like, in the way these announcements just come shooting out of the sky. 

I've been out of it today due to family commitments, so I'm late to the party, so thank you so much Lin, for posting about the launch party at the Mercury Lounge in NYC.  So the EP is called "Lost Boys Life."  Hints of Peter Pan? 

Someone posted on Gleekto's blog that the Mercury Lounge launch party sold out in 2 minutes!!  (by 12:02).   gleekto That is so amazing!   So glad about the fans' response!  BTW, looking back now, I do wonder if that "inaccurate" announcement by Feinstein's at the Nikko (in San Francisco) was really so inaccurate after all.  Maybe Darren decided to postpone the announcement of their music and instead wanted to announce about selling the Royalties pilot, instead.   And didn't he tell fans at stagedoor at Hedwig that there was no album?    Hmmm.  I guess we will never know. 



Here is what Lin was talking about:

From dailydarrennews:



@weplaycomputers​ NYC! Be the first to hear our EP LIVE at our release party @MercuryLoungeNY! To get tickets, sign up for our email. http://weplaycomputers.com







March 03 2017









So do you guys think this is why Darren was working with Tim Davis when he posted those pics of them together?  Or do you think the pics were related to Royalties?


loudmouthmuch: Back at it with @darrencriss working on his new project. #fathersontimes
dailydarrennews
August 25 2016




lukeedgemon: Blaine and Papa Anderson together again! Hahaha i love making music with these people!!!
dailydarrennews
August 28, 2016.



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Some chances to do Google Hangouts with Darren and Chuck:


From dailydarrennews:


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Ohhh!    Another concert?! 



@weplaycomputers​ ​ We’ve got a special surprise for you on @Snapchat. Keep your eyes open for next 24 hours for a location in your city.

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The video was indeed Darren-like and I think it was more creative than the usual announcements we get from another artists. Actually, when I think about the name of the band, the first visuals and the communication, I have the feeling the whole project will be quite refreshing. 

Poppy wrote:I was introduced to this song, "Frame of Mind," by Tristam  & Braken.  If (and that's a big "If") Darren does some electro-pop, this song is the kind of music I would love to see him do.  A nice combination of meaningful lyrics, nice vocals and interesting electronic sounds.

Well, I wouldn't mind if it goes in that direction :happy face

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Poppy wrote:Ohhh!    Another concert?! 



@weplaycomputers​ ​ We’ve got a special surprise for you on @Snapchat. Keep your eyes open for next 24 hours for a location in your city.
Let the Games Begin!
People think that each location will give partial lyrics to one or more of their new songs.  

Level One:  London!

@weplaycomputers: London, you’re up first! Use the coordinates to find the location and maybe even a special filter… #ComputerGamesSnaps







Level 2: NYC, Rio, Chicago, Toronto, and Sao Paulo!





This is the response the above person got: 

I love this! This game let's fans from all over the world participate in the fun! I had noticed that some of the first people to follow their @weplaycomputers twitter were "creative marketing"-type people (along with music producers and talent directors, a drummer etc.) and wondered what that was all about.  I guess this is the answer! 

What a fun and clever way to get people hyped up for their EP release! Love it. Now THAT's how you use social media!  thumbs up


Lin wrote:According to the tickets page (which sold out within a few minutes), the EP is called "Lost Boys Life".
Ooh, thanks for finding that piece of information Lin!  Sooo looking forward to this! 

I'm so excited for Darren, Chuck, and all the people that were lucky (and quick) enough to to get tickets to their EP release celebration at the Mercury Lounge!  Ah, to live in the NYC area.   I heard that jenndesq will be attending and she is usually a great video source, so I have my fingers crossed that the rest of us will be able to see and hear at least part of the awesomeness that night!  

Corey Lubowich is apparently involved with their design (via fallenjunkie): 

Via Corey Lubowich’s Instagram Story | x
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And Brian Holden also sent his "Team StarKid" kind of razzing love!


Wink  Razz
But then he comes back with this too:

Love the Team StarKid support! 


Oh, and . . . 
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
:very happy :very happy :very happy
New music! 
:so happy :so happy :so happy :so happy :so happy  
Criss Brothers FINALLY get to collaborate and forum a band together! 
:music Yea! music!

I can't wait to be doing this:   love the  music



Lin wrote:So much happening this year and it's only just March... 
clapping hands excited celebration dance! oh yeah dance! celebrate :guitar jamming


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Lilikoiluv wrote:
Let the Games Begin!
People think that each location will give partial lyrics to one or more of their new songs. 

Level One:  London!


@weplaycomputers: London, you’re up first! Use the coordinates to find the location and maybe even a special filter… #ComputerGamesSnaps





Lilikoilluv wrote:I love this! This game let's fans from all over the world participate in the fun! I had noticed that some of the first people to follow their @weplaycomputers twitter were "creative marketing"-type people (along with music producers and talent directors, a drummer etc.) and wondered what that was all about.  I guess this is the answer! 

What a fun and clever way to get people hyped up for their EP release! Love it. Now THAT's how you use social media! 




Thanks Lilikoiluv, for the answer.   Yes, very clever way to get his fans all over the world involved.  Very cute and very smart, a fun way to market their music, and build anticipation by letting all his fans participate in putting together this puzzle.  So is the completed puzzle going to be the lyrics to one of their songs?


Lilikoiluv, can you share what music producers and talent directors are following him on Twitter.  (I don't have a Twitter account.)  Thanks so much!




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Lilikoiluv wrote:

Level 2: NYC, Rio, Chicago, Toronto, and Sao Paulo!


@weplaycomputers: NYC, Chicago, Toronto, Rio & São Paulo - show us what you find on @snapchat! Use the coordinates to find the location. #ComputerGamesSnaps











From dailydarrennews:




@weplaycomputers: Last but not least - LA, San Francisco, Sydney & Melbourne! #ComputerGamesSnaps







Ok, so I'm sorta confused.    You have to have Snapchat in order to figure out the clue (due to a special filter)?  

The first part of the song's lyrics are "People say don't let your emotions.  Well without them I"?


Did anyone figure out Level 2 clue?



Cannot wait to hear from those who were lucky enough to attend the launch party in NYC.  So glad jenndesq will be going.    Thanks for the info, Lilikoiluv.    Yes, fingers and toes crossed!  :fingers crossed

Aw, that's so cool that Corey Lubowich helped with their design.  I would have voted for the "Pancakes for Everyone."   :amused   Brian Holden is so funny.   Yes, Team StarKid always has been there for Darren.  Such wonderful friends!  :hug   :love


Lilikoiluv wrote:Oh, and . . . 
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

New music! 
 
Criss Brothers FINALLY get to collaborate and forum a band together! 


I can't wait to be doing this:  



Lin wrote:So much happening this year and it's only just March... 



haha!   Let me ask you, Lilikoiluv, are you a tiny bit excited?  :big grin   (Love your generous use of enthusiastic emoticons!)

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From DarrenCrissArmy:

Is this just another cute family pic, or is it a clue?? confused 


Chuck, Darren, and fam via Chuck’s IG Stories.
instagram.com/charlescriss
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From dailydarrennews:

Someone has really put a lot of time and effort to figure out the clues. Thank you (since I suck at this).


All 10 Snapchat filters from “Computer Games”’ puzzle put together by onlyyassii




Ok, I'm not sure if this is right, but I'll follow her red lines:



People say don't let your emotions control you

Well how can that be
Without them I never could know you

When you're running wild

With a feeling like this
Can't get any better

You can lose your mind

But you better keep our bodies close together

Well I wanna feel, and I wanna see

We can work it out.
Will ya wait for me

I got your back,
Are you on your feet

We can work it out.
Will ya dance with me

Every single night

Live it up every single night
Help me live it up every single night

Everything gonna be alright
If we live it up every single night.

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Aubrey (@imchrisdaily on Twitter) won one of these Google Hangouts.



Soooo…. [see-no-evil monkey emoji] [goofy emoji] Thanks @DarrenCriss and @Chuck_Criss for talking to us! Made my entire life pretty much. @weplaycomputers

She added this, about why Darren hasn't done much music since the Listen Up tour:



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Thanks for posting about @imchrisdaily winning a Google Hangout with Darren, DaisiesAndLilies.   And thanks so much for posting that screenshot of her additional comments.   I love reading these kind of things, so I appreciate your taking the time and effort to go through her Twitter page to see what else she posted about her discussion with Darren and Chuck. 

I saw something that someone had posted in reply to her, where he  said he was sad he will not be able to hear some of Darren's old music (he also said he was happy that Darren released "Not Alone"), but that he was glad that he will be hearing Darren's new music.  I think that describes very well how I feel too (and I also am very happy he released "Not Alone").  I understand Darren and Chuck's desire to move onto new music.  I'm sure they both have changed over the years as songwriters and musicians, and maybe some of their older songs no longer really reflect who they are as music artists.

BTW, DaisiesAndLilies, did you ever listen to any songs by Freelance Whales?  If so, how would you describe their music?

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From dailydarrennews:

Just 3 more days (March 8, 2017)  until Darren and Chuck's new band launches their new music in NYC!

Can't wait to hear from those fans who were fortunate enough to attend!

A chance to win tickets to his release party:


@TodayTix:Want to be the first to hear @darrencriss’ album? Enter our lottery to win $15 tickets to his release party! Enter here














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Thank you to those fans who figured out the lyrics to that song.  applause There was no way I would have been able to figure it out.

Via Darren and Computer Games’ Instagram Stories - March 5, 2017

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Poor Darren.  : it's gonna be ok (I'm guessing at the iHeart Radio Music Awards-3/5/17)


darrencriss: And ppl asked us all day why we called ourselves Computer Games @weplaycomputers …

15default "Every Single Night" single (Lost Boys Life) on Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:18 pm

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Yea!   We get a short preview of "Every Single Night" single from Darren and Chuck's EP Lost Boys Life!   clapping hands



From dailydarrennews:



Every Single Night [Lost Boys Life]
Computer Games
Short preview of Computer Games’ first single “Every Single Night” [via the Musical.ly app]
March 06 2017
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Definitely a catchy melody, music to dance by and to sing along to the whole day!   oh yeah dance!  celebration dance!    Need to hear more!








@weplaycomputers: You might want to check out the featured songs on @musicallyapp for a little surprise. #EverySingleNight
March 06 2017
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March 06 2017




So this Wednesday (March 8, 2017) is Darren and Chuck's release party for Computer Games' music!

Wonder when we can buy their songs or EP on iTunes?   Hopefully this week.   :fingers crossed   I will be waiting to snatch up your music, Darren!   I can't wait!!



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I haven't had a chance to go to Musical.ly.

From dailydarrennews:

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I think the preview is promising oh yeah dance!

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Another audio of that preview of "Every Single Night" single from Computer Games' EP.  :happy face


From Darren Criss Army:


# Repost  @weplaycomputers Help us live it up #EverySingleNight http://ift.tt/2mQ3cC3
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So nice of Mason Trueblood (Season 6 Warblers) to show his support.  :happy face








Darren is visiting some media today.  I'm guessing he's talking about both Computer Games' music launch concert tomorrow, as well as talking about his role as the Music Meister on The Flash and Supergirl, and maybe about Versace:  American Crime Story.  I hope he has a date for the release of the EP and also has an update on his film, Smitten!    :fingers crossed


From Darren Criss Army:



Darren and Chuck on Teen Vogues IG Live 3/7/17
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From dailydarrennews:


It looks like Darren is tentatively scheduled to be on Conan.  :happy face  I remember that Darren holds Conan in high esteem, so I'm glad he is going to be on his show. 

Headline Planet wrote:
Aubrey Plaza, Darren Criss, Old 97's Listed for March 14 "Conan"

3/7/17
Tentative listings say to expect Aubrey Plaza, Darren Criss and Old 97's on the March 14 "Conan."


Aubrey Plaza and Darren Criss are headed back to “Conan.”

Per listings issued to television providers, Plaza and Criss will appear as interview guests on the March 14 edition of TBS’ late-night talk show.

[. . . ]

Like all talk show listings, “Conan” lineups are subject to change. Headline Planet will provide an update in the event Plaza, Criss or Old 97’s are moved from the 3/14 show.




Anyone interested in 2 tickets to the Computer Games release party/concert at the Mercury Lounge in NYC tomorrow (Wednesday March 8, 2017)?
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So it turns out I have 2 extra tickets for the Criss Bros’ Computer Games show at Mercury Lounge tomorrow night. Face value (which with fees, etc comes to ~$21). Please message me through tumblr if you’re interested.  Thanks!
(I’m at work, so I’ll get back to folks as soon as I can.)





Darren at People Magazine:

amanda_rosen It’s not everyday that the 8th floor kitchen has goldfish AND Darren Criss. :heart eyes    #lifeattime #peoplemagazine






Darren at Refinery 29:

kathrynfiona when I tried to post this with my preferred amount of exclamation points Instagram marked it as spam so



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From Darren Criss Army:

Oooooh.   How wonderful!



Darren updated his Twitter bio 3/7/17
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Darren and Chuck's EP is coming soon!   This is not a test!  Repeat:  This is NOT a test!   It's happening!   I'm so happy to hear this!!! excited :very happy excited

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This sounds like another one of their new songs on Lost Boys Life.







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Eek this is so exciting! clapping hands

I loved that little snippet. Very 80s in the beginning, then it sounded like an upbeat Bruno Mars song when all the brass instruments kicked at the end. Very promising, looking forward to the full song. And we're getting an EP, woohoo!!

Poppy, it could be that he was going to play some new songs at that gig, but then went back on it. Maybe he didn't feel ready? I do find it strange that the venue would get something like this wrong.

Love how they did that little treasure hunt for the fans. Nice bit of marketing there. Darren really does seem clued up about social media.

This is all very exciting indeed! We have several things to look forward to now. oh yeah dance!

Btw, do I spot a rosemary twig tattoo on Chuck's arm? Isn't his daughter called Rosemary? Cute.

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DaisiesAndLilies wrote:Aubrey (@imchrisdaily on Twitter) won one of these Google Hangouts.



Soooo…. [see-no-evil monkey emoji] [goofy emoji] Thanks @DarrenCriss and @Chuck_Criss for talking to us! Made my entire life pretty much. @weplaycomputers

She added this, about why Darren hasn't done much music since the Listen Up tour:



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It makes sense what he's saying about wanting to start afresh. It's a shame for us those songs will be locked away, but sometimes it's just more fruitful starting anew then going back over the same old.

I'm really excited he's doing something with Chuck. I remember thinking when the Freelance Whales split up that maybe Chuck will now do something with his little bro. :laughing

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I'm trying to be good and wait until the full versions of the songs are out, but I'm impatient!

Someone transcribed what might be the tracklist:

1. We like it
2. Every single night
3. Lost boys life
4. Lost boys life – Darren playing it on the piano


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Eek, in my excitement, I lost my post twice!

Oh my goober!   They released their music!!!!   I'm so happy for them!    They need to create a new punctuation mark because the exclamation point just doesn't express my enthusiasm!!!  

From dailydarrenenws:




I really love this song, a sweet and earnest love song.


Computer Games - Lost Boys Life






Fun song, full of great energy:


Computer Games - We Like It






Upbeat song to dance to and sing along:

Computer Games - Every Single Night






Aw, this really got me choked up with emotion.  Darren, you wrote your fans another heartfelt letter, thanking us for supporting you?   You are just one-of-a-kind.   I have said this over the years, and I mean it more than ever, you are always worth the wait, for every project that comes along.   Speaking for myself, and I know so many people feel the same, I will always be your fan, and will always be following your career, as you share with us your inspiring talent.  You're so special to us.  We just heart the heck out of you. 

via Darren’s newsletter
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If you can afford it, please buy their EP or singles, to show your support of Darren and Chuck.




Buy on iTunes ($3.99 for EP, $1.29 per song) - US link
Stream on Spotify
Watch on YouTube




You may also buy their special shirts, which comes with a CD!!!  If your budget allows, please show your support.  :happy face


Get your shirt + CD on represent here.




This is how I am feeling right now.  Just feeling so grateful for Darren and Chuck's music. 


Adorkabledarrencriss





Wifflegif





Adokabledarrencriss




Wifflegif







My emotions are running just a tad high:

Adorkabledarerrencriss





I'm just so happy for Darren and Chuck and for us, their fans!  I don't know what to do with myself!

Wifflegif




"Lost Boys Life" made me feel emotional.  I felt choked up.  I actually teared up.  Such a wonderful song.  Love, love it! 

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"We Like It" makes me feel so full of positive energy, such a fun, bouyant song!

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"Every Single Night" made me feel like dancing and singing at the top of my lungs:

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From dailydarrennews:

Refinery29 wrote:
Darren Criss Just Shared Some Major news with Us

March 8, 2017

If you try to name everything Darren Criss has been a part of since he burst onto the scene with his role as Blaine in Glee, you’d run out of breath. He appeared in a Katy Perry music video, starred in two Broadway musicals, worked on American Crime Story, co-starred in the movie Girl Most Likely — and this doesn’t even touch on the work he did way back when, in A Very Potter Musical. Achieving all of this by age 30, you’d think he’d be ready to take a break. Instead, he’s launching a whole new project with his brother, Chuck Criss. It’s a band called Computer Games, and the two spoke to Refinery29 about their adventure.

“I’ve always wanted to start a band with my brother,” Darren Criss told us. “And life is too short, so I was like, ‘If I don’t do this now, I’ll just wonder what if.’”

While most of us know Darren from the stage and screen, we probably recognize Chuck from his time with the Freelance Whales. They have two albums, including the hit “Generator^First Floor,” and their music has appeared on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and Roadies. Now, however, it’s all about Computer Games.

“I’ve been kind of laying low,” Chuck said. “I’ve had two kids. They keep me pretty busy. I’m excited to do the music thing again, but not just the music thing again, I get to do it with my brother.”

While this is the duo’s first professional project together, they’ve been collaborating and jamming together since they were kids — although none of it is on the internet.

“Thank god,” Darren exclaimed.

Their first release — a four-track EP that’s out now — is really just a way for them to test the waters before figuring out what’s next.

“The crowd will dictate what’s going to happen,” Darren said. “We’ll find out what people say.”

The friends who have listened to their music describe it as having a '80s vibe, which coincides with the time period Darren and Chuck were growing up together.

“It coincidentally is reminiscent of the sounds of the late '80s and early '90s, which is when we were little children. So that’s kind of a fun coincidence but it’s not necessarily the aim,” Darren explained. “There were certainly a lot of dance records from that time that our songs harken back to.”

When it comes to the prospect of a tour, the boys say that’s all up to the fans. Right now, they’re waiting to see what people think. They’ve released a lyric video for one of their songs, “Every Single Night,” and the rest of their music is available on places like iTunes, Spotify, and Apple Music now.

We went live with Darren and Chuck to chat about the new band, his relationship with music, and if we should expect A Very Potter Musical reunion.

-Refinery29



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dusty, DaisiesAndLilies, Lilikoiluv, Lin, Jeremy:

Does this mean that Darren and Chuck's Lost Boys Life EP is at Number 1 on the Alternative Albums on iTunes?!!


Lost Boys Life EP is at #1 on the iTunes alternative charts!
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oh my gooober!!!! :bravo :very happy clapping hands celebration dance!



Jeremy, this calls for the dancing banana!!! Yea!


Soooooo, sooooo happy for Darren and Chuck!!!! celebrate bow to you



This is an interesting excerpt of the Teen Vogue IG, where Darren talks about each of the 3 songs:

 

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Teaser:  If you buy the EP (either the CD that comes with the shirt, or on itunes), you get an extra bonus!!!   You get another version of "Lost Boys Life."  You get Darren playing on the piano "Lost Boys Life."






Hypable wrote:
Update: Listen to Computer Games' EP, Lost boys Life, now!

Darren Criss and his brother Chuck Criss are now a band! Check out Computer Games’ debut EP, Lost Boys Life and listen now!

Update (March 8):
Listen to Darren and Chuck Criss’ new EP: Lost Boys Life. Their band, Computer Games, will perform their first live show tonight in NYC, but you don’t have to wait to hear the new jams!

During a Teen Vogue Instagram live session yesterday the brothers revealed the track listing and described that their process organically lent itself to the 80s dance-vibe of “Every Single Night.” As for the title of another track, “We Like It,” the Criss brothers describe it as an anthem for not explaining why you enjoy the things you do. You just… like it!

Check out Lost Boys Life on Spotify or download the entire EP on iTunes! Tracks include, “We Like It,” “Every Single Night,” “Lost Boys Life,” and “Lost Boys Life (voice memo).”
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Link to Hypbable article:  http://www.hypable.com/darren-criss-new-music-band-chuck-criss/



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Entertainment Weekly wrote:
Darren Criss and brother Chuck talk their groovy new music project, Computer Games

March 8, 2017



Darren and Chuck Criss are embracing ’80s and ’90s nostalgia with their new music project: The brothers released their first EP under the name Computer Games Wednesday.

Darren, who got his big break on Glee and can soon be seen on both American Crime Story and The Flash-Supergirl musical crossover episode, and Chuck, a member of band Freelance Whales, officially joined forces for the first time on the Lost Boys Life EP. The result? Four tracks that sound like a funky blast to the past in the spirit of some of the grooviest ’80s superstars like Lionel Richie, Miami Sound Machine, and Peter Gabriel.

Ahead of the EP’s release, EW caught up with the Criss brothers to talk band names, nostalgia, and sibling rivalries (or lack thereof). Read the interview and watch the lyric video for “Every Single Night” below.



ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So why call yourselves Computer Games?


DARREN CRISS: Chuck and I grew up playing computer games. We weren’t allowed to play video games, so for some reason, computer games were a loophole. Plus, I like the way that it sounds because it’s sort of an all-prevailing concept, where if people are listening to the music, they are playing computer games, just like we’re playing computer games the same way we played Oregon Trail or Sim City 2000 as kids. That’s the same creativity we’re applying to making music on ProTools or Ableton or Logic. Those are our games now, and the music that we make is literally computer games. So there’s that, but also, it happens that the music that we have is nostalgic and reminiscent of our adolescence.

CHUCK CRISS: It just sounds fun, and the way we interact on our phones, everything is a game now with your computer in certain ways, whether it’s dating or just keeping up with your aunt on Facebook.


I’m glad you hit on the nostalgia thing, because “Every Single Night” sounds to me like it could be a Lionel Richie song.

DARREN:
 That wasn’t the intention, but it certainly came out that way. The music has quite coincidentally ended up hearkening back to the sounds of the popular dance records of the time when we were young children, so late ’80s, early ’90s. That’s a nice coincidence, considering that the music is nostalgic thematically, and all the songs that we have are about growing up and, because we grew up in the era, it’s sort of appropriate.

What were your favorite computer games growing up, and what are they now?

CHUCK:
I loved Sim City 2000. I used to make cities and print them out, and I thought it was so fun. A lot of times I would just use cheat codes to make a dream city. The actual game is kind of grueling. You have to like, raise taxes and it’s…

DARREN:
A lot of responsibility.

CHUCK: A lot of responsibility. But I just loved making these big cityscapes and designing neighborhoods and dream parks and all that stuff. It was a really good place to let your imagination go wild.


DARREN: I was a big LucasArts fan. As a big Star Wars fan, that was like, Rebel Assault, Dark Forces, all Star Wars-themed games. And then now my favorite games would probably be like…. What are computer games now?


CHUCK:
They’re just called video games.

DARREN:
What games do you play on your phone even? I was really into Cut the Rope. I like strategy games.


Why did now feel like the best time for you to guys to do this together?

DARREN: It’s really overdue. I feel like if I’d waited any longer, it would’ve driven me mad.

CHUCK:
It’s something that we wanted to do for a long time because we wrote music together when we were teenagers. And it’s actually better now because we’re more experienced songwriters, more confident musicians. There’s some Picasso quote about keeping a child’s brain to create, and I feel like I can get into that headspace with Darren ’cause it’s like we’re just back in the basement writing songs.


DARREN: But we get to do it from an adult perspective. So we’re basically chasing our adolescence, but we wouldn’t have been able to make this music when we were young people. After Glee was over, there was a space that opened up, and I’d been planning to put out music for a long time, and it’s sort of a joke for people that have been following me that I’ve just never put anything out. And that has a lot to do with the fact that I was never happy with stuff, and it just never felt right. I was at a point where I was like, “OK, what do I have that I do feel cool about putting out?” This whole project is honoring our teenage selves and kind of fulfilling a promise that we made to ourselves forever ago. It’s a fresh start across the board. I look forward to the idea that if you didn’t know StarKid, if you didn’t know Glee, if you didn’t know Freelance Whales or any of us, that you can approach this music with full objectivity.


What are the benefits and drawbacks of working with your sibling?


DARREN: The only setback I would say is having there be more than one person. I’ve worked by myself for the most part with music. You don’t have to coordinate with anybody, you’re fine to do [red carpets and photoshoots alone]. But the irony of that is, yeah, you are alone. It’s all on you, and that can be a lot. So I don’t necessarily enjoy that. But what’s great about being with Chuck is that this is something we are both proud of. We share this endeavor. So when you’re walking the red carpet, it’s like, Chuck’s there. It’s fun. We’re a year and a half apart so we’ve always been really close. There’s no red tape to cut through when we’re collaborating on stuff, we can disagree without any bulls—, which is nice.

CHUCK: You know how sometimes you’re nicer to strangers than your own family? It’s almost like we get to cheat a little bit in the songwriting process ’cause we know each other so well, so there isn’t this level of compromising just for the sake of being nice because you just met this person and you have to write a song with them.

DARREN: 
Chuck and I are in the same headspace musically, artistically, everything, because we grew up on the same stuff. It streamlines the artistic process and any arguments — which I can’t even call it that — are few and far between. It’s like, “What do you think of this?” “I don’t like it.” “OK, cool.” I want us to both like it. 


Lost Boys Life is now streaming.

Link to EW article:   [url= http://ew.com/music/2017/03/08/chuck-darren-criss-computer-games-interview/?xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter] http://ew.com/music/2017/03/08/chuck-darren-criss-computer-games-interview/?xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter[/url]



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I really love what Darren said in the EW.com article, about wanting to release music he felt proud of, and how some of the songs on the EP are both an homage to music of the past (80s music), as well as moving forward to a fresh start.  I remember talking with dusty and Jeremy before in the past, about when Darren does release new music, he has to try to appeal to people beyond his core fans, beyond Glee and StarKid fans who already know him.   To me, it seems like he did that.  :happy face


I'm really curious to hear more from you, dusty, since I think you also said that you liked 80s music.  I think Jeremy also mentioned this too.

dusty wrote:
Eek this is so exciting!

I loved that little snippet. Very 80s in the beginning, then it sounded like an upbeat Bruno Mars song when all the brass instruments kicked at the end. Very promising, looking forward to the full song. And we're getting an EP, woohoo

You have a good ear, dusty! 

Yes, it immediately reminded me of Bruno Mars, with the brass instruments, jazzy kind of feel.  Also reminded me of Lionel Richie's dance songs, which the EW article mentioned.

Yes, I guess we'll never really know about the mystery of the Feinsteins at the Nikko's "mistake."  But it doesn't matter now!   That's all in the past.  We got the music!!!!  YEA!!!!


dusty wrote:Love how they did that little treasure hunt for the fans. Nice bit of marketing there. Darren really does seem clued up about social media.

This is all very exciting indeed! We have several things to look forward to now.

Btw, do I spot a rosemary twig tattoo on Chuck's arm? Isn't his daughter called Rosemary? Cute.




You are very observant, Dusty.  I didn't notice his tattoo.  So sweet about his daughter.

Yup, Darren seems to have learned a lot about marketing via using social media.  So proud of him for using his smarts to market his music!  Even just his decision to release his music free on youtube is a calculated decision to get the word out as broadly as possible to reach as many people as possible, while counting on his fans and others who really like the music to proceed with buying the singles and/or the EP (which are very reasonably priced).   Very smart. 

Can't wait to see (hopefully) videos of fans who record the Criss brothers performing their new music tonight.  :happy face

dusty wrote:
It makes sense what he's saying about wanting to start afresh. It's a shame for us those songs will be locked away, but sometimes it's just more fruitful starting anew then going back over the same old.

I'm really excited he's doing something with Chuck. I remember thinking when the Freelance Whales split up that maybe Chuck will now do something with his little bro.

Yes, I agree, dusty.  I would have loved to have been able to listen to his old music, but sometimes like you said, you just need to move forward.  As an artist, I'm sure Darren felt strongly about staying true to who he is an artist in the present time, versus 6 years ago, since he's evolved artistically since then.  Same is true, I'm sure, about Chuck.

You foresaw Chuck and Darren's musical collaboration, dusty.  :happy face  thumbs up

I really would love to hear more of your thoughts, dusty, now that you heard the 3 songs that Darren released.

I can't wait to hear the piano version of "Lost Boys Life."  Will buys the EP tonight.  (And probably the CD and shirt too.   :big grin)


DaisiesAndLilies wrote:I'm trying to be good and wait until the full versions of the songs are out, but I'm impatient!

So I'm so curious what you think, DaisiesAndLilies.  Please share!

BTW, DaisiesAndLilies, dailydarrennews later posted that screenshot that you posted in our forum (and that dusty also referred to)--thank you again for posting that.  :happy face


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From dailydarrenews:

Top 100 Albums iTunes Chart (March 8, 2017)!  Congrats Darren and Chuck!  thumbs up




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I knew Billboard would cover this.  They have a supportive relationship with Darren.  :happy face


Billboard wrote:
Darren Criss & Brother Chuck Talk New, 'Unapologetically Fun' Alt-Pop Project, Computer Games

March 8, 2017


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Darren Criss was always destined to make a career out of music. He studied the violin from age 5 well into his teenage years, picking up other instruments along the way, while also pursuing a love for musical theater. But he credits his own musical endeavors to the environment in which he grew up – particularly his older brother, Chuck, who brought other musical interests to the table especially when they were in high school.

“Music has always been the backbone of our relationship and our household,” Darren tells Billboard. “We both had a voracious appetite for music, but I think high school is when we started playing together and being to communicate on a level that changed everything. I think the kind of music we played is probably loud garage rock, because we were just playing in the basement.”

Once they graduated, though, the Criss brothers decided to take their own paths. Darren independently released a solo EP, Human, in July 2010, just months before debuting in his breakthrough role as dreamy choir head Blaine Anderson on Fox’s hit musical dramedy Glee, while Chuck found a home in New York City and became a founding member of indie-rock fivesome Freelance Whales.

With Glee seeing its end in 2015 and Freelance Whales' most recent album hailing from 2012, both Criss brothers were itching to do something new musically -- so they thought, why not relive the days of the brotherly collaborations? And come March 8, 2017, behold, the Criss alt-pop project Computer Games.

Paying homage to Darren and Chuck's other childhood love of computer games (yes, like Oregon Trail and SimCity), Darren, who serves as the project's frontman, calls it a "total passion project," and a perfect opportunity to play music with his brother again. "I was really trying to figure out what I was going to do and I was trying to decide if I was going to have a band, or a pop moniker, or what the thing was gonna be to make it something new and exciting as opposed to just being myself. I was shying less and less away from just me -- I don’t really like that, I think that puts a lot of pressure on you because it’s just you, you, you."

After dropping mysterious social media hints, Computer Games officially launched Wednesday (March  8 with the release of its first official EP, Lost Boys Life, featuring three songs and a demo cut. Billboard sat down with Chuck and Darren ahead of the big day to talk about why now is the time for a Criss brother project, how they found their "unapologetically fun" sound, and what they hope to see come of it.

What made you decide that now is the right time for you two to actually release music together?

Darren:
I was at the crossroads of what I was going to do next -- Glee was over, there’s been a festering solo record, which people have been asking me about forever. Between all the songs I’ve written and produced over the years, I wanted to start fresh. Chuck and I were writing songs, and I was like, “Why don’t we just do this together? These are both our songs.” I’ve always wanted to do something with Chuck, and life’s too short, so here we are.

It’s a really cool way to break the door down, and then we’ll see what people react to. We win either way, because we wanted to record these [songs] and we’re happy about these -- nobody was shoving this down our throats, it didn’t feel forced. In that regard, it was a personal victory. We’ll see what people say and what they want, and we’ll give the people what they want.

How has the dynamic changed working with your brother now, rather than working with other people or on your own?

Chuck:
I think it’s been better. Darren comes from a different background, more of a pop sensibility and more of an understanding of harmony -- especially from the Broadway world, a really strong attention to songwriting detail. There are things that I’m not typically used to working with, but it was really cool. I would have an initial idea, and then the way Darren would flesh it out is much different than the way it would work with the Whales.

Darren:
There’s a familiarity between Chuck and I that there’s not a lot of red tape to cut through. I’m hyper-specific and very militant -- as chill of a guy as I am, I treat music and anything I create with hyper-specificity, and kind of maniacally so. So it’s nice to have Chuck’s looser grip on certain things, which is good for creativity. Chuck will just kind of splatter stuff against the wall, and then I can kind of pick up the pieces. It’s like making a face out of a doodle.

Chuck:
But it’s great, because me as a doodler -- since we’ve known each other for so long and have written songs together for so long -- I can kind of be abstract, and he still kind of knows what I’m talking about. I don’t have to go through that extra step of explaining. Or, I can reference "that thing we did in the basement."

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Can you elaborate on what makes Computer Games' music "unapologetically fun pop"?

Darren:
Yeah, that’s more to apologize to our producer friends, because one of the lead tracks on it -- the song “Every Single Night” -- is so layered. Harmonically and production-wise, there’s so much happening that typically I would be like, “No, no, no, we gotta take some of this out.” I come from a world where when I record I like to try and have it be ready for a live experience as much as possible. I kind of threw that to the wind once I started Computer Games. As long as it sounds good... 

It’s kind of marrying these two schools, of thought of being a purist, and also just accepting what’s hip. Chuck, you kept saying this when we were in the recording studio -- I was like “Having 13 guitars is kind of wacky,” and you were like, “I don’t know, it sounds good.” And that to me just trumps all. You let go of making concessions and you just say, “We’re not sorry!” We just want it to sound f--king rad.

How did you guys figure out the "rad" sound you wanted?

Chuck:
We had the songs written, and then it was just a matter of, “What kind of clothes do you want to put on this?”

Darren:
So we teamed up with a crew that I have always admired called The Elev3n. Chuck and I, our sensibilities are a little more mom-and-pop, and more band-y. And The Elev3n guys are straight-up pop producers, and they’re really strong pop producers. They have a vocabulary that we don’t have and we certainly have a vocabulary that they don’t have, so we thought it would be kind of cool to meet halfway with these guys and see what they do.

I’d like to think that Chuck and I could hold our own, but for the most part, I would play something out and then be like, “All right, Dave you do it better. It’ll take me 30 takes, it’ll take you three.”

Chuck: We probably could’ve made this record on our own, it just would’ve taken 10 years instead of two weeks.

It only took two weeks to make?


Chuck:
No, no, but at least [just the] time in the studio.

Darren:
The reality is, Chuck and I live in different cities. Chuck’s full time in New York, and I’m full-time nowhere...  I have a life running around the world doing whatever I gotta do. So this was really kind of put together sort of when convenient -- which is not the most ideal way to make something, but it certainly prioritizes what you need to do. With The Elev3n, they do have such a strong pop-influenced way of thinking, and we welcomed that into the way that we were making this because we wanted to make it accessible.

When you are making anything, all you can do is chase the idea that exists and then see where it goes. It’s like having a child and seeing what the child gets into. If a song sounds a certain way, we go, “Okay cool, we should probably let it sound like that and mix it accordingly, as opposed to trying to fit a round peg into a square hole.”

Chuck:
Yeah because these songs ended up having an ‘80s aesthetic, but by no means were we stepping into it like, “We gotta make an ‘80s record.” It did end up sounding like music that was popular when we were kids, but it was almost like, when we were kids, we weren’t even rocking out to that stuff, it was just kind of in the ether. I was born the same year Phil Collins was a superstar, but I didn’t start listening to Phil Collins until I was in college, maybe later. My ear was completely tuned out to it.

Darren:
And now your ear is just like, “Oh man, this is the best s--t ever.”

And what made you decide that Lost Boys Life was going to be the name of the EP?

Darren:
The thing that Chuck and I share is, we're men grappling with this concept of adulthood, but still one foot is forever stuck in adolescence. All the music is thematically sort of adolescent, and sonically adolescent – it sounds like the popular sounds of the late ‘80s, early ‘90s, when we were little kids. In that sense, it’s about not wanting to give that up, and sort of living this Lost Boys Life. All the songs have something to do with growing up in some weird way. It’s also just a title that I f---ing love, to be real. [Laughs.]

Chuck:
Yeah, it kind of sums up the EP nicely. What I like about it -- it does kind of have that Peter Pan-y lost boys thing, but then I like it more as a vibe of the Kiefer Sutherland movie.

Darren:
Yeah, people forget – they’re like, "Oh, Peter Pan." And we’re like, "No, vampires."

Even though it's still pretty new, do you guys have any goals or hopes for Computer Games?


Darren:
 All you can hope for -- it’s not that people like what you’re doing, it’s that people have any reaction at all. We’re not making incredibly heavy, pensive music. But the prime objective of what we’ve created is, like we said, [to be] unapologetically fun. So if you’re singing or dancing, or laughing, or smiling, f--k yeah. That’s all we really ask... or hope for, because we’re not asking for anything.

Particularly people who don’t know who we are -- the people who don’t know Freelance Whales, the people who didn’t watch Glee -- those are the people that I hope to reach. I look forward to the blank slate, and I look forward to these songs grabbing people objectively.

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Darren Criss and Brother Chuck Play with '80s Sounds in New Duo Computer Games


For Darren Criss, the dream of making music with his older brother Chuck started in basement jam sessions when the two were in high school growing up in San Francisco. Now that the former Glee star and his older sibling have hit their thirties, they’re finally making that dream come true with the new Lost Boys Life EP from their alt-pop outfit Computer Games.

“It’s almost frustrating how it took this long,” says Darren of their recording debut. “I just turned 30 and I was like, ‘All right, if we don’t do this now, I’m gonna go insane.’ It’s not like we were sitting on our asses doing nothing, so I can’t get too mad at myself for never having done this before. Chuck and I were very lucky to fall into these separate rabbit holes — for me as an actor and Chuck as a musician.”

[. . .]

Darren believes that the “timing seemed right” for the independently released project: “Luckily, because of the successes that we’ve had on our own, it’s sort of afforded us a pretty good perspective on things. I wonder if we had pursued this when we were [younger], the focuses would have been different. But it’s just been this sort of festering itch that we needed to scratch for so long. Another 10 years would have gone by in the blink of an eye, and then it would be arguably too late. So here we are.”


As a kid, Darren was the first of the Criss brothers to catch the music bug, playing the guitar, the violin, and the drums as well as developing a “voracious appetite” for the Beatles. For Chuck — a fan of classic rock, the White Stripes and the Strokes growing up — the itch to pick up instruments came later in high school: “I didn’t start playing any music until I was like 16 or 17. My first instrument was the banjo. Then I learned how to play the guitar and the bass and stuff.” Recalls Darren: “I remember when Chuck started playing guitar and me just being so annoyed because I played my whole life and Chuck was getting so good so fast.”

That all led to plenty of rocking out in the Criss household. “All of our friends who also played music would come over every day after school and it would just get crazy loud,” says Darren. “I can only imagine how annoying it could have been for our parents, but they loved it. I think they were really enjoying the fact that their boys were connecting so hard on music.”

The Criss brothers bring that same sense of fun to Computer Games. “That’s kind of where the name Computer Games came from,” explains Darren. “We’re just having fun. The whole notion of the band is playful. It’s having fun with computers, having fun with loops and just having fun playing. We just wanted to make something as fun as humanly possible.”

For the Lost Boys Life EP, Chuck says, “We wanted to bring back certain things that we love in music. I think that’s why with these [songs] there’s a little more ’80s vibe to them. We wanted to have guitar solos and a lot of percussion and synth horns.” Adds Darren: “The lead single of the EP [‘Every Single Night’] has this sort of Miami Sound Machine/Lionel Richie/Phil Collins ’80s dance record vibe. We’re pulling from all the stuff that people would generally roll their eyes at but they’re secretly smiling on the inside.”

So, are there ever any sibling spats between the two brothers in Computer Games? “Chuck and I rarely disagree on anything,” says Darren. “It is a really good collaboration. Chuck is really a great doodler. I’m sort of like the song surgeon, I guess. I’m just such a perfectionist.” Chuck breaks it down this way: “I think I’m really good about having that initial idea. Darren has a knack for good lyrics and he’s a great harmonizer. We each have our strengths and weaknesses. He’ll pick up the slack where maybe I’m lacking and vice versa.”

Darren hopes that Glee fans will follow him in his new role as pop artist. “I’m certainly not the kind of person that runs away from what people know me from,” says the Emmy nominee, who will reunite with Glee creator Ryan Murphy to star in Versace: American Crime Story for the third season of Murphy’s FX series. “I am so lucky to have people even know [me], to have a leg up. Being an artist starting out with no fanbase is really a hard thing to do. We’re happy to embrace that.”

As for the future of Computer Games, Chuck says, “We’d love to record an album at some point, if there’s demand for it. Even if there isn’t maybe we’ll just do it anyway because obviously we’re doing this to fulfill a promise to ourselves.” Adds Darren: “It’s something that we’re passionate about, and if it catches on, then great, but if it doesn’t, we still win. We’re still so thrilled that we got to get together and put this out into the world. It’s not just to make our parents happy.”
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Link:  https://www.yahoo.com/music/darren-criss-and-brother-chuck-play-with-80s-sounds-in-new-duo-computer-games-201511871.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw



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Thank you dailydarrennews and Darren Criss Army for posting the great videos of Computer Games' release concert tonight!



Aaaaaahhh!   More fantastic news!   Darren is going to release a singer-songwriter EP that will come out later in 2017!!!!   I absolutely cannot wait!!!  Thank you, thank you!  bow to you


From dailydarrennews:


About the song "The Day the Dance Is Over":
Darren Criss wrote:“I think I’m gonna end it with a bonus song… this song, I’ve never played it before, live, ever. But this is a song that my brother and I wrote, and we wanted it to be a Computer Games song, but instead I decided to put it on my own singer-songwriter EP that will come out later this year.”
— Darren Criss [x] (via jenndesq)
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Videos of the performances at tonight's release concert in NYC:


One of their original songs that is not on the Lost Boys Life EP:  "The Day the Dance is Over."

This is a poignant song.  Sad, yet loving.  Beautiful.   I really love this song.  Lovely lyrics, beautifully sung by Darren, elegant melody.  Can't wait to hear the studio version later this year on Darren's singer-songwriter EP!!  heart heart heart


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  The Day The Dance Is Over - Darren Criss (Computer Games EP Release) 3/8/17






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    Lost Boys Life - Computer Games (Darren & Chuck Criss) EP Release 3/8/17






elphiesglinda:
    Every Single Night - Computer Games (Darren & Chuck Criss) EP Release 2/8/17







elphiesglinda:
   We Like It - Computer Games (Darren & Chuck Criss) EP Release 3/8/17




The audios of the next 2 videos of "The Day the Dance is Over" is very clear.



 

@rpascarelli2 The Day the Dance is Over @DarrenCriss can’t wait for the singer songwriter CD later this year
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From Darren Criss Army:


The Day the Dance is Over Live at the Mercury Lounge NYC 3/8/17
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A complete audio recording of Computer Games' Launch concert in NYC (March 8, 2017):

Darren Criss Army wrote:
Computer Games Lost boys Life Live, at the Mercury Lounge
NYC 3/8/17

VISIT THIS LINK
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Link:  http://mixlr.com/girlphenom/showreel/computer-games-live/






A few pics from tonight's release concert:

From dailydarrennews:


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jenndesq:
   @weplaycomputers release party! @darrencriss & @charlescriss love the new tunes!!  (at Mercury Lounge)
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@darrehcriss This is how close i was in case yall wanted to know
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Darren and Chuck Criss during their EP release gig on March 8th, 2017 (x|x|x)
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From Darren Criss Army:

Cute video before the concert, of Darren and Chuck thanking their fans from all around the world.  heart   A very sweet gesture.

Computer Games (Darren and Chuck Criss) thanking their fans for helping make their debut album Lost Boys Life a worldwide success (via Computer Games IG Story Instagram.com/weplaycomputers) 3/8/17
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They are really treasuring working together.  :happy face

Darren and Chuck arriving at the Mercury Lounge for sound check 3/8/17 via Computer Games’ IG Story (Instagram.com/weplaycomputers)
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