We’ve been living in an era of superheroes for well over a decade now. Sure, superhero films existed, but there’s no doubt that it hit a whole new level of popularity as soon as the Marvel Cinematic Universe sprouted into existence. Now that we’ve seen superheroes in this space for as long as we had, it was inevitable that deconstructive stories would be on their way. Recently, Netflix had Umbrella Academy, and now, Amazon Prime Video has The Boys.
In The Boys, superheroes have gone corporate and are generally perceived as corrupt and protected from the laws that the rest of humanity are held to. The only ones with the guts to actually move against these heroes are the titular “boys,” as it were, who wage a war against the status quo.
With such a premise, you can imagine the producers want this series to have something of a chaotic feel, and that’s exactly what composer Christopher Lennertz told LRM Online at a recent roundtable at San Diego Comic-Con.
“The Boys is absolutely the craziest thing I’ve ever worked on right next to Sausage Party, which I also did for Seth Rogen…’[Rogen said the score has] gotta be just as insane and off-the-wall and offensive as Sausage Party but it doesn’t have a food orgy at the end.’ And I said, okay, well that’s a little disappointing, but let’s do this anyway.”
Lennertz then went to work on creating the score for the show. He was familiar with the source material, so that certainly helped in getting a certain sound across, but he found himself still having some issues finding what he needed.
The feedback he was getting from showrunner Eric Kripke was that it wasn’t messy, angry, or dirty enough.
“So what I finally ended up finding was that usually I hire really great musicians to play all my stuff. I ended up playing a lot of it as well as a couple of people who worked with me. I’m not a good drummer. I’m not a good bass player. But he wanted that sound of garage messy, people who were just banging on stuff…but it actually helps make it authentically nasty and gritty and violent, which is exactly what the Boys are. And they’re scrappers. They’re not superheroes. They don’t have superpowers. They’re trying to take down the superheroes.”
Sounds like dirty and garage band-esque was the way to go. I haven’t had a chance to see it myself, but our own Manny Gomez has had a chance, and from what he’s said, it sounds like they succeeded at going for that very gritty feel.
The Boys hits Amazon Prime Video on July 26, 2019.
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