Okkervil River have easily created the most fun album promotional campaign for a fall album release, as of this morning. To coincide with the Sept. 3 release of their new album The Silver Gymnasium, via ATO Records, Okkervil River has launched an 8-bit adventure video game, titled “The Silver Gymnasium.” It follows the concept of the album in that it takes place in New Hampshire in the 1980s, the locale of a mythical silver gymnasium.
The player controls a kid whose parents are away, and needs to find his sister and ultimately, The Silver Gymnasium. There are lots of fun, hilarious details and it even involves a trip to a spoooooky graveyard. Anyway, this should occupy a good chunk of your time this morning. Play it at TheSilverGymnasium.com.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.