Music Composed by: Dan Marocco
Songs by: Various Artists
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In Brotherhood, Trevor Morgan is Adam Buckley, a college freshman who wants to join the Sigma Zeta Chi fraternity. All fraternities have an initiation stage, but Sigma Zeta Chi has a rather unique way of initiating its new members. If Adam and his fellow pledges want to be accepted into this fraternity, they will have to rob a convenience store to do it. Unfortunately, things don’t go so well and one of the pledges (Lou Taylor Pucci) gets shot. Senior fraternity brother Frank (Jon Foster) decides not to take the wounded pledge to the hospital and things go from bad to worse. Adam must soon decide whether to follow his fraternity brothers’ example or take them on to save his friend’s life.
Dan Marocco is an American-born composer who was raised in Japan and now based out of Santa Monica, California. The son of a music teacher, Dan Marocco studied and performed music all his life, beginning with the piano, moving on to the trumpet and eventually, the guitar. It seemed only fitting that he should graduate from New York University with a degree in music business. In 2001, he began working the New York music production company Duotone Audio Group and received recognition for his music in advertising. His first forays into composing for film were co-composer projects, working with such notables as Alexandre Desplat and Javier Navarrete. Brotherhood is Dan Marocco’s first foray as a solo composer of a feature film‘s musical score.
I’m a sucker for a well-played guitar. Electric, acoustic, steel pedal, you name it, a well played guitar can soothe the savage beast in me or give me a real pick-me-up on a rough day. The soundtrack of Brotherhood is all of that and more. The battle Adam Buckley fights is largely internal, fed by the tension of what is happening around him. Dan Marocco wanted to express that tension in his musical score for the film: “By using electric guitar in an edgier southern-rock style I was able build tension and bridge the gap from traditional score to music that the characters might listen to, in an effort to help the audience to feel more a part of ΣZX. I also drew inspiration from the idea that steady repetition can be one of the most effective and maddening ways to build tension.” The result is a slow build from a calm, somewhat lulling guitar-fed track to a tension-filled dark guitar and percussion number.
Interspersed within the tracks of musical score are the songs. +1 from Taxi Taxi is a hard hitting rock song with heavy percussions and electric guitar riffs intermixed with some electronic sound. The lyrics are simple, but one can understand how they reflect the idea of this fraternity. Moth is an energetic song about self discovery and loathing from the Welsh indie band People in Planes and my favorite song on the album. The Brotherhood Soundtrack closes with Sister Saves from Aushua, a somewhat toned down rock song with an echo of hope despite disaster.
I can imagine that the Brotherhood Soundtrack is a perfect accompaniment to the visuals of the movie, but more importantly, the music on this album makes it perfect as a stand alone. For his first effort into composing film music solo, Dan Marocco has shown an impressive aptitude for the genre. He knows just what is needed to enhance the visuals of the film he is scoring and composes the music beautifully. Guitar lovers will find this soundtrack to be a perfect addition to their music collection. Music lovers will find this soundtrack to be unique and quite enjoyable. The Brotherhood Soundtrack is well-worth the listen.