Miami's Deaf Poets Make It on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 Soundtrack
Pop an ollie to the sounds of Deaf Poets.
Photo by Dana Goldstein
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One of the most memorable things about the Tony Hawk games was the soundtrack. The very first Tony Hawk Pro Skater featured songs from bands like the Dead Kennedys and Primus. With an emphasis on rock, punk, and hip-hop, the music of Tony Hawk was an integral part of the gaming experience.
The most recent edition of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, which hits stands tomorrow, September 29, doesn't stray from that tradition. It allows you to control skaters to a soundtrack including Death From Above 1979 and Atmosphere. But one of the songs is going to have a South Florida flair to it.
Miami Beach garage rock duo Deaf Poets new single "Degenerate Mind" is featured on the game's soundtrack and drummer Nico Espinosa and guitarist Sean Wouters couldn't be more excited. "I grew up playing that video game, so I never thought this would happen. I even read an article that said Tony Hawk picked the songs himself," Espinosa says.
Deaf Poets — which were named best band in Miami by New Times in 2014 — first wrote "Degenerate Mind" four years ago. "It's a song about being spontaneous," explains Wouters. "It's rebelling against what we were always told: that education is the only way you can be successful as an adult. Music is fun, it's cute, but it's not a job. The only way to succeed is to be a music teacher. The song's about that not being true. The lines 'Flat face never did me much/cause lost my space' is a play on me being Asian and the expectation that I have to be smart."
While Deaf Poets haven't yet played the game, they're holding out hope that they'll be mailed free copies. After all, they are trying to save up for a national tour in 2016. But prior to that they have some local shows planned this Fall including playing at III Points and opening for Matt and Kim at Revolution on November 7. But first, according to Espinosa, they're looking forward to getting their fingers on the controllers. "As you skate and you hear the song come on,