The Advantage is an American rock band from Sacramento, California that formed in 1998 and specializes in doing covers of music from old NES games. The band is considered to be one of the original pioneers of the Nintendocore genre and widely praised for bringing video game music into the spotlight. Named after the Nintendo controller of the same name, the Advantage offers their own style and blend of video game rock. The band consists of Robby Moncrieff (guitar), Ben Milner (guitar), Carson McWhirter (bass) and Spencer Seim (drums). Former Nevada Union High School students Nick Rogers (guitar & bass) and Forrest Harding (guitar) are the two original members who started the band. Cassie Stewart was occasionally featured on bass as well.
The idea for the Advantage began at a talent show in Nevada City, CA, when drummer Spencer Seim saw a two-person band, consisting of Rogers and Harding, perform video game songs. Seim, who attended high school with Rogers and Harding, asked if he could play drums for them and was accepted. At the time the band was called Generic. Harding eventually had to leave the band due to moving out of state which prompted Seim to combine high-school friends and Generic bandmates Carson McWhirter, Ben Milner and Nick Rogers. The name of the band was eventually changed to The Advantage and upon signing to Kill Rock Stars affiliate 5 Rue Christine Records (5RC) in 2004, the band released their debut self-titled album, The Advantage. During the tour of their debut album the band released, Da Advantage EP, in 2004 through their own label and sold it at shows. Two years later in 2006 after replacing Rogers with guitarist Robby Moncrieff, their second full length record, Elf Titled, was also released on 5RC Records. Again in similar fashion to their first EP, the band released their second EP, Underwear: So Big! EP, through their own label during their 2006 tour and sold it at shows.
After the release of Elf Titled, the band toured for a short while before entering a hiatus. In 2010, a compilation album, B-Sides Anthology, (AKA: B-Sides) was released by Obstructive Vibrations in digital download format. It contains all of the material from Da Advantage EP and all of the material from the Underwear: So Big! EP (except for track 3, Gradius II - Boss) plus a few extra rare tracks. Their most recent album, Rock Bottom: Live from Bottom of the Hill, was released by SPM Records in digital download format May 30, 2013. The album consists of songs from a June 24, 2006 live performance at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, CA.
The Advantage have covered songs from these NES games: Air Fortress, Batman, Batman2: Return of the Joker, Bubble Bobble, Bionic Commando, Blaster Master, Bomber Man II, Castlevania, Castlevania II, Castlevania III, Contra, Double Dragon II, Double Dragon III, DuckTales, Festers Quest, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy III, Ghosts N Goblins, Goonies II, Gradius II, Gremlins 2, The Guardian Legend, Karnov, The Legend of Zelda, Marble Madness, Mega Man II, Mega Man III, Metal Gear, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Ninja Gaiden II, Solar Jetman, Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, TMNT, TMNT II, Willow, and Wizards & Warriors.