Watch John Carpenter Perform Escape From New York Theme

I haven’t had a chance to fully delve into the new John Carpenter album, Lost Themes II, his follow-up to last year’s awesome Lost Themes. Like many of you, I’m a huge Carpenter fan, and have been sad to see how difficult it is for him to secure the right kind of financing and control necessary to make more movies. The Ward was pretty good, not a great movie but a proper Carpenter one, and miles ahead of dreg that the media creams itself to like It FollowsThe Babadook, etc.

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But the thing is, movies are expensive and hard to make. Albums are easy. And for someone like Carpenter, who basically spends his days playing Call of Duty and watching the NBA, an easy situation is the best one to promote creativity. Jamming with his son and some friends in a basement? Doesn’t get looser than that.

So it’s pretty awesome to hear that next month, Carp & co are putting out another release, a “redux” of live performances of some of his most iconic film scores, including Escape From New YorkHalloweenThe Fog, and Assault on Precinct 13. Yeah, you read that right. There’s also already a performance video, which Carpenter himself directed, of the Escape theme. Watch it below and keep your eyes peeled to Sacred Bones Records for pre-orders.

Carpenter is also taking this band out on the road to perform his music for the first time ever. Catch the band at one of these dates:

May:
27 Greece, Athens – Piraeus Academy
28 Greece, Athens – Piraeus Academy
30 Denmark, Copenhagen – Koncerthuset – Koncertsalen

June:
02 Spain, Barcelona – Primavera Sound
14 US, Seattle – Paramount
15 US, Portland – Arlene Schnitzer
17 US, Oakland – Fox Theatre
18 US, Los Angeles – Orpheum
19 US, Phoenix – Mesa Center for the Arts
21 US, Denver – Gothic Theatre
23 US, Austin – Moody Theatre @ ACL LIVE
24 US, Dallas – Majestic Theater

July:
03 Iceland, Ásbrú ATP – Iceland
06 Switzerland, Neuchâtel – International Film Festival
08 US, New York – Playstation Theatre
09 US, Philadelphia – Keswick Theatre
10 US, Pittsburgh – Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
12 US, Washington DC – Lincoln Theatre
15 US, Detroit – The Masonic Temple
16 US, Chicago – Thalia Hall
18 US, Milwaukee – Pabst Theatre

August:
26 Italy, Turin – Today’s Festival
28 Italy, Rome – Auditorium Parco Della Musica / Santa Cecilia Hall

October:
23 UK, Bristol – Simple Things Festival
28 UK, Manchester – Albert Hall
29 UK, Manchester – Albert Hall
31 UK, London – Troxy

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Max is managing editor of Gear Gods.