SCHENECTADY Mr. Bungle was belting out a powerful rendition of an Alan Parsons Project song when lead singer Mike Patton dropped to his knees by a balding security guard at Denver’s Gothic Theater.
Wearing a bondage mask over his face and with the avant-garde metal band playing around him, Patton began serenading the unsuspecting guard by licking his comb-over. The bizarre spectacle coupled with the righteous sounds caught the eye of a young teenager standing in the crowd during the performance in the mid-1990s.
“It was at this moment that Mike Patton became my hero and my idol,” recalled movie director Derek Cianfrance. “I used his music very loudly throughout my life to ensure my neighbors would think twice before becoming my friend. I was the guy in the camouflage pants who brought copies of my student films to his shows throughout the years, hoping I’d get a chance to give him my work so that someday we could make something together.”
And that time has come. Patton, also known as the lead singer of the band Faith No More, composed the original score for “The Place Beyond the Pines,” the soon-to-be released major motion picture filmed exclusively in and near Schenectady.
Milan Records announced the soundtrack to the film will be released digitally March 26, just three days before “Pines” is scheduled for a limited debut in several major cities. Compact discs of the 17-track compilation are due in stores April 9 in advance of the nationwide release of the film April 12.
Milan Records is also having a limited vinyl release in early May. Spokesman Stefan Karrer said about 1,500 copies are expected to be sold.
The score includes 12 tracks composed by Patton, including one titled “Schenectady.” The soundtrack also includes songs by The Cryin’ Shames, Vladimir Ivanoff, Avro Part, Ennio Morricone and Bon Iver.
The city is also featured on the jacket, including scenes from the movie filmed at Vale Cemetery, near the Trustco Bank branch on Brandywine Avenue and at the Altamont Fairgrounds. Also prominently shown on the jacket are film stars Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta and Rose Byrne.
Described as “an epic crime drama,” the 140-minute film is a three-part serial about how one misstep can lead to a generation of turmoil. Gosling plays Luke Glanton, a carnival stunt motorcycle rider who unexpectedly learns he has fathered a son with Romina, a Latino diner waitress played by Mendes. Learning about the child brings new meaning to the life of Gosling’s character, but also drives him to start robbing banks to support his son.
His string of robberies causes him to intersect with Avery Cross — a rookie Schenectady cop played by Cooper — touching off a decades-long conflict between the two families.
Karrer credited Patton for putting together a fantastic soundtrack to accompany the film. He said the musician often stayed overnight at the recording studio to produce the score.
“It’s one of the most exciting albums I’ve ever worked on,” he said.