Nobody’s Hero,” the second album by Vancouver power-punk trio Second Player Score, grew darker and more fantastical than anybody in the band expected, according to drummer Kyle Gilbert. “It kind of played out like a movie. It really surprised us,” Gilbert said.
But given that the leader of Second Player Score is Vancouver science-fiction author Brian Tashima, maybe the unfolding epic shouldn’t have been so surprising. The story features a seductive demon who bestows magical powers on the hero — and when does that ever go well? Spoiler alert: “Nobody’s Hero” culminates in the end of the world.
Definite bummer, but at least there’s beer. About a year ago, drummer Gilbert — an award-winning Vancouver home brewer — took a notion to create some new brews that matched the 11 songs on the album. “I thought it would be neat to make beers that tasted like the songs sounded,” he said.
He never quite finished the whole project — there’s no Gilbert brew for the apocalypse — but he did concoct a half-dozen original recipes. For example, there’s a brew that matches the noisy, driving opening song on the album; both are called “Bonestorm.”
“I was brewing a Russian Imperal stout when ‘Bonestorm’ popped into my head,” Gilbert said. “The song is way over the top, and a Russian Imperial stout is over the top by nature. I tweaked the beer to exemplify things about the song and ended up with Bonestorm Brutal Imperial Stout.