"I tried for four years to get people to play with me, and I finally found them," says Andre Beller, a bassist and SDSU education major. Beller says two other musicians round out Nostalgia, an instrumental metal band that does renditions of Nintendo music.
Beller says his Chula Vista band sounds like "Iron Maiden with no vocals." The melodies are lifted from Nintendo games such as Castlevania.
"I play bass. The other guys play guitar. When I need a drum track, I lift them off the game and play it [on stage] on CD. 'Mega Man 2' is ten minutes long. 'Legend of Zelda' is two minutes."
Beller says he got the idea from an Arizona band named the Minibosses.
"There are four other bands around the world like us that I know of." Nostalgia has played four times in public. "We're trying to get a crowd that's not made up of just friends."
Nostalgia, Julia Sleezer, and the Power Chords appear October 14 at the Coffee House on Broadway in Golden Hill.