Star Waver brings emo music – and their expert fighting skills – to the Star Wars universe in the second episode of Star Wars: Visions.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: Visions Season 1, Episode 2, “Tatooine Rhapsody,” now airing on Disney +.
Star Wars: VisionsThe second episode, “Tatooine Rhapsody,” features the galaxy’s most promising emo / pop-punk group, Star Waver. Bringing in musical styles reminiscent of bands like My Chemical Romance, Mayday Parade and The Wonder Years, they’re like any other band trying to make their way into a galaxy far, far away, just like cantina band Figrin D ‘an and the modal nodes of New hope.
However, Star Waver’s frequent run-ins with bounty hunters like Boba Fett mean they have considerable firepower under these instruments. As such, they’re younger, more hip, and more dangerous than Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes – not to mention their song that will likely go down in Star wars music history.
The members of Star Waver know how to defend themselves against the deadliest bounty hunters in the galaxy. Weapons are built into each of their musical instruments to defend against rabid fans or bounty hunters on their tails. Leader Jay is an escaped young Jedi who turned his lightsaber into a microphone. Bassist Gee the Hutt has a rough bass that doubles as a flamethrower. Guitarist Kurti has electrified double guitars that work like a taser in a pinch, and drummer Lan – who has three torsos – uses his drumsticks like mallets or hammers on bad guys. They are able to easily outsmart Boba Fett and his team three times, depending on the episode, even if that means not completing their set. They clearly know how to defend themselves, an essential life skill when living in the Outer Rim.
Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, the most iconic band in the Star Wars galaxy, probably also know how to reverse. They practice their musical profession in a cantina in Mos Eisley, a den of foam and wickedness. Their unpretentious looks and light, jazz-inspired tunes might hide some serious firepower, but Star Waver would beat the modal nodes in a fight any day. Their quick thinking in combat and their modified instruments make them more likely to survive a skirmish, and their multiple escapes from Boba and his crew prove it.
But in terms of who has the best song, it’s hard to say. The iconic “Cantina Song” and the band that plays it is one of the most memorable parts of New hope. The catchy and inspired melody of jazz is at the origin of many Star wars even and is well known to fans. It is arguably the most classic and iconic Star wars air, ranking with “The Imperial March” and the opening crawl. Starwaver’s emo and pop-punk styles are a first for the Star wars universe, however. Most of the music heard in cantinas or clubs is much more like the music played by modal nodes, but maybe that’s why Star Waver is becoming so popular in the outer rim: they have a fresh, modern style that ignites the audience, saves Gee from execution, and secures sponsorship from Jabba the Hutt.
Star Waver’s revolutionary and uplifting musical lyrics take Star wars‘s iconic music on a whole new level, meaning their uplifting song, “You Are Okay”, will go down in Star warshistory of music. Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes can even be seen watching their big performance at the pod racing arena. The versatile nature of the group, ranging from singing songs to fighting bounty hunters, makes them a great addition to the ever-expanding Star wars universe. But, of course, none of these bands have anything on the Max Rebo band, featuring a Sy Snootles.
You can see Star Waver’s emo styles in “Tatooine Rhapsody” and in every episode of Star Wars: Visions, streaming on Disney +.
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