The Showdown

The Showdown

WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE. A TRACK THAT CAPTURES THE SOUND OF THE WILD WEST!

The Showdown is a classic Ennio Moricone style piece that sounds like it came straight out of a 1960s Spaghetti Western. You know the scenario… High noon. Our hero (imagine either John Wayne, Clint Eastwood or someone similar), a stranger in town, walks through the saloon doors and into the bar. Tumbleweed rolling down the dusty street outside, a hush comes over the drinkers and gamblers as they see him move his hand down to his holster… A Mexican standoff…

This tex-mex, western style piece features recognisable elements of western film soundtracks – reverb-drenched whistling, tremolo electric guitar and a chorus of male singers. A slow but steady beat raises the tension up a notch, then the song changes up a key and the tension goes through the roof. Other instruments used include double bass, kick drum, and gong. It references the soundtracks of classic films such as “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, “High Noon”, “Once Upon a Time in the West”, “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” and others.

This piece perfectly captures the pioneering spirit of the wild west, and could be used in any western film or film referencing those films. It could be used behind any tense scene, especially one depicting a duel, fight, or confrontation, or just anticpating violence. It could also be perfect for advertising any western-themed products – costumes, cowboy hats, sheriff’s badges, steaks, toy guns and so on.

In the style of:

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Ennio Moricone, Los Lobos.

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