As video game technology advances, big-budget games are only going to get more cinematic, so it makes sense, then, that Rise of the Tomb Raider was teased today with a movie-style trailer that features “I Shall Rise”, a new song written and performed for the game by Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ frontwoman Karen O. Rolling Stone accurately described the song as “Bond-esque.” Listen to the tune below.
Karen O said of the song’s inspiration, “You know how Gloria Gaynor has her ‘I Will Survive’? I always wanted to do my version of that and this was it.” She went on to say, “They wanted drama and high-stakes and melodrama. That was very appealing to me because I love making music connected to a storyline. It was all stuff I loved like having the theme song to [Lara Croft] becoming an icon and the creation myth to the moment she becomes Lara.”
Perhaps the song is so potent because Karen O was able to relate to the journey of the games protagonist: “Some of the themes [Microsoft] gave me was transformation and survival and realizing one’s own destiny and pushing past one’s own limits, which is basically everything I’ve been going through with a newborn baby the past two months. I’ve been going through my own transformation.”
The full song won’t be available until tomorrow, but in the meantime, watch the Rise of the Tomb Raider trailer below and read the full interview here, where Karen O talks more about the game, video games in general, and the future of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
HT: Rolling Stone
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