May the strings be with you: Guitar Wars Project blends Star Wars and shredding

Lightsabers and Wookiees and . . . classical guitar riffs? After the viral success of their Star Wars-themed YouTube guitar cover, Sébastien Moreau and Robbin Blanco launched onto the cosmic ride that became the Montreal-based Guitar Wars Project. Naturally, we here at CmdStore were all over that like C-3PO on conventions of intergalactic etiquette. We caught up with these two to learn more about this super-rad creative undertaking. Read on to get all of the juicy gossip, from how it all started to being hypothetical jacuzzi pals with Jabba.

Source: GWP

Source: GWP

Hi, guys! Where are you from and where do you currently reside?
Sébastien: I’m from Trois-Rivières, [Quebec] and we both live in Montreal . . .
Robbin: But I’m from Mérida, Mexico.

Tell us a bit about your backgrounds in music.
Guitar Wars Project: We met in university during our studies. We’re both holders of master’s degrees in music performance.
Sébastien: I’ve played in a lot of different projects before Guitar Wars. I’m more a classical guy. I’ve done hundreds and hundreds of concerts in established festivals, mostly here in Canada and in Europe.
Robbin: I did studies in classical music, but I’ve always been an electric guitarist, playing jazz, rock and pop all around Mexico, South America, the U.S. and Europe. Outside the Guitar Wars Project, I have a power fusion trio with original music and a tango project.

What gave you the idea for Guitar Wars? Was there a special “Aha!” moment?
Guitar Wars Project: We are fans of the movies, and also we think that the John Williams soundtrack is awesome.
Sébastien: So my Robbin here decided to write unplayable arrangements for two guitars [laughs].
Robbin: And of course you wanted to do this project to have a valid reason to put on a costume and possess “real” lightsabers [laughs].

Your “Imperial March” music video went viral not too long ago. What did that feel like?
Guitar Wars Project: We’re really happy with this first video, but to be honest we hope that our next one will get more views.
Sébastien: But having great feedback from fans all around the world is amazing.

Moreau and Blanco make up the crossover Guitar Wars Project. Source: GWP

Moreau and Blanco make up the crossover Guitar Wars Project. Source: GWP

What’s the weirdest or most awesome thing that has happened to you as a result of this project?
Guitar Wars Project: We did this concert at a music festival in Mérida, Mexico. More than 500 people came with costumes and toys. Even Darth Vader wanted to make a speech.
Sébastien: By now, I feel kind of strange when people tell me that this project is weird.
Robbin: I told you that the costumes were a bad idea . . . I just wanted to play the music on guitar [laughs].

On a scale of one to this excited train guy, how stoked are you about Star Wars: Episode VII coming out in December?
Sébastien: My excitement level exceeds the highest level of midichlorians ever found in a human.
Robbin: I’m very exited about the next film and also very happy with John Williams’s participation in the score! He rocks.

You’re playing a comic con in Dubai as part of your tour. How did that come about?
Guitar Wars Project: The “Imperial March” video helped a lot when it came to showing our project to people all around the globe. By now, we’ve received other invitations that we’ll announce soon. But don’t miss our show in Montreal on March 28.
Sébastien: Lord Vader wants us to find two droids hiding in the desert . . .
Robbin: It’s a good opportunity to show our concept in front of many people and also a great place to visit.

What is your favorite thing about Montreal?
Sébastien: I have lived in many cities, and I can tell you that there’s no place more amazing than Montreal in the summer. The bars, festivals, restaurants . . . and the multicultural aspect is so awesome. The amount of activities to do is astonishing.
Robbin: It’s a cool place. The winter is a little long for me (a Latin guy), but I like to meet people from everywhere.

The Guitar Wars Project will be in Montreal on March 28. Source: GWP

The Guitar Wars Project will be in Montreal on March 28. Source: GWP

What sorts of cool things can audiences expect to see at your shows?
Guitar Wars Project: This is a concert, so you’ll hear the best theme composed by John Williams in a totally new way. We cover the entire saga, from “Duel of the Fates” to “The Emperor’s Theme”, along with “Princess Leia’s Theme”, “Main Title”, “Cantina Band” and, of course, “The Imperial March”.
Sébastien: For us, it’s a great way to show all the possibilities of the guitar with great music. And you can expect different music styles, from jazz and world to classical.
Robbin: But please keep in mind that this is a concert, not theater. I broke my clavicle last year, so no more lightsaber fights [laughs].

If you had to watch one Star Wars movie on repeat for a month, which would it be?
Sébastien: My favorite one is definitively The Empire Strikes Back.
Robbin: Return of the Jedi, and I think I already did that [laughs].

If you had to be in a hot tub with three Wookiees or one Jabba the Hutt, which would you choose? (Snacks would be provided.)
Sébastien: I would never join them in a hot tub. I’m a Jedi, like my father before me.
Robbin: Maybe this question is more for the girls [laughs], but for sure we would rather hang out with Princess Leia and Amidala. I think they’re the only hot chicks in the saga [laughs].

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The Guitar Wars Project will be performing in Montreal, Canada on March 28. Scope the official Guitar Wars Project website for more details, and grab tickets for their live Montreal performance. You can also buy the Imperial March single on iTunes.

Star Wars General Grievous Spinning Lightsaber Video Review

Battle the Jedi with a lightsaber like the one General Grievous uses! The cyborg general duels as skillfully as his Jedi enemies, and he is a master of the double-bladed lightsaber. Surprise your opponents with spinning blades, or wield the lightsabers separately for two-handed action!

Gear up to take on your enemies with this amazing lightsaber accessory! Modeled after the lightsaber wielded by the General Grievous character, this lightsaber splits into two, giving you four different configuration possibilities! Create a double-bladed spinning lightsaber, two single lightsabers, a single spinning lightsaber and a single lightsaber or a double-bladed light saber — all depending on what your “battle” requires. Press the buttons to “ignite” your lightsaber accessory and its glowing arc-wave “energy blades”. The power activation humming sound, battle-clash sounds and spinning and connection sounds all add to the realistic feeling and, especially when you extend your double lightsaber to over four feet long, you’ll definitely feel like you’re really in the thick of battle!

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Trailer!

The new Assassin’s Creed trailer has been released and it looks fantastic. The visuals, the brief narrative calling back to the entire trilogy and a stunning musical backdrop (Woodkid’s “Iron” for those of you seeking to grab it on iTunes).

While you’re at it, you might also want to snag some of the awesome Assassin’s Creed figures we’ve got available in our section, including both Ezio and Altair! Check ’em out.

What IS a Sing-A-Ma-Jig?

Maybe you’ve already heard about what’s sure to be the next big thing in kids’ collectible toys, but if not, here’s a look at something called.. The SING-A-MA-JIGS!

First launched at this year’s New York Toy Fair, these little plush creatures come in a variety of colours and looks that make them irresistible. Alone, a Sing-a-ma-jig is an adorable toy that opens its mouth with every belly-squeeze and breaks into a series of notes with a tweak of the left paw.

But put them together and that’s when the magic happens! From random notes sung individually, the Sing-a-ma-jigs begin to harmonize and perform together, a range of different tones and voices performing as a strange little group in something reminiscent of Animal Crossing’s Animalese. And they’re from Mattel, so you can be pretty sure that these things are going to go big, much in the way of everything the company gets behind.

So if you want to get your hands on one ore more of these adorable, harmonizing little guys, then look no further than our Sing-a-ma-jig section over at Cmdstore! We’ve got the first wave of Sing-a-ma-jigs ready and waiting to be pre-ordered


THE GUILD Topples Katy Perry

In more evidence that “the Geeks shall inherit the earth”, World of Warcraft comedy troupe The Guild recently topped the iTunes charts with a video they first unveiled at SDCC. The good news comes via TubeFilter, who posted the following report! Read it and check out the video below!

Critically acclaimed web series, The Guild debuted a Bollywood-themed music video about the pleasures of MMORPGs at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Less than two weeks later, Game On is at the top of the iTunes charts.

Late last night, Katy Perry succumbed to online video starlet, Felicia Day’s social media prowess and uber-popularity. Game On bumped this summer’s top bubblegum pop hit, California Gurls from its #1 spot on the list of top-selling pop music videos on iTunes in both the US and the UK.

The news should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with The Guild’s music video track record. Last year, it only took two days for Do you Wanna Date My Avatar to break 1 million views on YouTube and reach the top of iTunes’ overall music video charts.

But Game On’s reign is currently relegated to the pop charts. Country music star and former Mr. Renee Zellweger, Kenny Chesney sits atop the overall best-seller list with his high school football anthem, The Boys of Fall. Game On comes in just below at #2.

Can Game On grab the #1 overall music video spot? Will gamers unite to take down their lifelong arch-nemeses, aka football players and fans? Let the Claim the Top Selling iTunes Music Video Quest begin.

And to tie this all together, World of Warcraft fans might also appreciate a link to the latest and greatest figures DC Direct is shipping out. I’m still not sure how they got the license (there’s probably a very simple licensing agreement I’m missing), but if you’re looking for your favourite Worgen, Orc, Elf or, really, any of the colourful characters and enemies from the game, check out all the varieties of WoW figures we have on offer!