Joe Cornish's Attack the Block was a minor horror hit when it struck theaters back in 2011, starring a young John Boyega (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and scaring up fright-flick audiences with its irreverent British tone and gritty urban edge.
In the cult sci-fi comedy, a determined posse of young South Londoners defend their inner-city turf from an extraterrestrial invasion using some imaginative defensive strategies.
Attack the Block was the debut feature for Cornish, who went on to co-write the screenplay for Marvel's Ant-Man with Edgar Wright, and was also the first composed score for the Academy Award-winning musician Steven Price. Price won the Oscar for Best Musical Score for Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity in 2013 and also wrote the riveting scores for Edgar Wright's Baby Driver and David Ayer's Suicide Squad.
On January 30, I Am Shark is releasing a deluxe remastered vinyl set of the Attack the Block score for audiophiles of all persuasions in a wild glow-in-the-dark edition that will keep you awake with its luminosity long past midnight.
The original soundtrack from Steven Price, Felix Buxton, and Simon Ratcliffe (and a Basement Jaxx track!) is pressed on premium, glow-in-the-dark vinyl LPs and glow labels to deliver the alien monsters onto your own home turntable. Besides the standalone set, bundles are also available for pre-order with a limited-edition Attack the Block steel pint glass, and enamel "Moses," "Silhouette," and "Teeth" steel pins.
For I Am Shark's Craig Boliver, Attack the Block was a huge surprise when it blasted into theaters in 2011 from the producers of Shaun of the Dead.
"I was unfamiliar with Steven Price (composer) at the time, and the score he pieced together with Basement Jaxx just blew me away," Boliver told SYFY WIRE. "It was the perfect blend of industrial layers and triumphant sci-fi themes, which brought uninterrupted attention to each scene. Really made the perfect viewing experience at a personal level."
During that period, I Am Shark had their hands full getting some of their Star Wars soundtracks released, but Boliver knew they had to bring this score to life and do it justice.
"We had reached out to Big Talk Pictures and StudioCanal to discuss and had a great response from both the teams. Joe Cornish (Director) and Steven Price were so excited to see our mocks and interest in the release, that made the entire process a breeze from that point forward. Barry Grint at Alchemy Mastering did the original mastering on the album and it was perfect to have him work on this again for the vinyl version and revisit any changes he felt needed after those few years since the initial release."
Packaging was a big vision for Boliver, and he really wanted to bring the liveliness of the monsters to the album and consumer experience.
"We searched around trying to get ‘Glow In The Dark’ spot colors for the labels and the vinyl record color itself to make the monster teeth and album connect via glow," Boliver explained. "At first we had some issues with the glow shades not matching up with the two (label & record) being two different processes. But we were able to work through those kinks, now they look really beautiful lined up and so happy we could see this all come together!"