What happens when you combine the world’s top songwriters, a legendary horror film composer and cutting-edge immersive sound? You get “the most terrifying album ever made” — Scream Warriors in Dolby Atmos by LVCRFT and Christopher Young, out Sept. 30 on all digital platforms.
The sinister spawn of the spooky-obsessed hitmakers — also responsible for crafting songs like Teenage Dream by Katy Perry, Halo by Beyonce, Dynamite by Taio Cruz and Levitating by Dua Lipa — and featuring terrifying orchestrations and interludes by Christopher Young (Hellraiser, Nightmare On Elm Street 2, Sinister and more), Scream Warriors was mixed in Dolby Atmos, creating an immersive listening experience by revealing incredible details that can be heard and felt all around you.
“Think of the album as a soundtrack to a horror film that hasn’t been made yet,” comments LVCRFT songwriter Evan Kidd Bogart, aka Lil’ Punkin. “We really tried to create a listening experience that was groundbreaking and pushed the boundaries of an audio-visual listening experience. We wrote the music and then collaborated with Christopher and his team to orchestrate and sound design a universe of sonics that fully support the album’s story narrative — before, after, in between, and even within our songs.”
“In the past our music was fun and jaunty — think I Put A Spell On You or “Somebody’s Watching Me,’” adds producer Peter Wade, aka Norman Crates. “This year we wanted to create something truly scary.”
The fourth instalment in a series of Halloween releases featuring hook-filled ghoulish pop bops to shake and wake the dead and undead alike, Scream Warriors is just the latest project from the Halloween-obsessed hitmaker collective LVCRFT, whose mantra “spooky never sleeps” showcases the power of spooky to lift the spirits all year long. LVCRFT first made waves in 2019, when their single Skeleton Sam became a cult hit.
Since then, LVCRFT have become a dominant force in the spooky community, adored by legions of Halloween obsessed fans and music lovers, and a highly coveted songwriting commodity for film, TV, immersive events, and more. The excitement around the project has yielded partnerships with Netflix — most notably for their Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3 and Adam Sandler’s Hubie Halloween — and Freeform, as LVCRFT were asked to craft the theme song for the network’s popular 31 Nights of Halloween programming for three years in a row. Their 2021 album The Return spawned a national campaign around the filming of the first official LVCRFT video in a Halloween store and also led to LVCRFT’s very own Halloween-themed radio show on SiriusXM’s Volume, with Lyndsey Parker and AFI’s Davey Havok.
The members of LVCRFT have become fixtures at Halloween conventions around the country and beloved members of the spooky sub-culture, appearing live in-person and providing music for the events. In addition to Scream Warriors, 2022 has found LVCRFT partnering with Saint from the Boulet Brothers Dragula, who starred in their Half-O-Ween and hosted an insane Midsummer Scream costume contest in July. Their recent single Pumpkin Spice Everything pays tribute to the annual Halloween season obsession, and the group just announced that their song Skeleton Sam will be featured in Disney’s upcoming Hocus Pocus 2 film. They’re even creating a scream library of spooky sound effects “of the community, for the community” to be used in immersive spaces, films, and wherever else spooky sounds are needed.
The members of LVCRFT are all L.A. natives who met over the years at various Halloween events — Hollywood horror nights, haunted houses, and other spooky activities — and bonded over their individual careers as hit songwriters. After hearing the same songs played at these events countless times, they thought, “We grew up listening to all of these old [Halloween] songs that we loved, but they’re old songs. Why haven’t there been new ones?” They arranged a studio, decked it out in Halloween gear, and wrote their 2019 debut within a week.