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Chewbaccas - 5000 Light Years Away From Digit Zerodotdotdot
artworkThis is the first official CD release from the Valencia's Chewbaccas. They play a disturbed variety of sixties space rock like a blend of gloomcore and the Spotnicks.

The two vocals are "Junk Satellite," and "Supagloo."

The CD-ROM track is a PC only (.exe) video of "5000 Light Years Away From Digit Zero" and some website stuff that runs really slowly. Being a Mac user, I had to take it to work to run on my PC there, only to find out it's not worth the effort.
Picks: The Girl From The Golden Atom, Atom Goes To Hollywood, Das Experiment I, Junk Satellite, Hyper-Nova, Resolving The Internal Enigma, Orange Planet, Das Experiment II, 5000 Light Years Away From Digit Zero, Viaje A La Luna, Astro Collision, Das Experiment III, Vixen Love, Das Experiment IV, Space Circus Sideshow

Track by Track Review


The Girl From The Golden Atom dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Deliberate thick chords and swirly guitar warble eek out a sinister progression. This song warns you not to go too near. Midway, the surf guitar comes out, playing a glissando or two, and carrying the flag for the "The Girl From The Golden Atom." It ends as intensely as it begins.

Atom Goes To Hollywood dotdotdot
Space (Instrumental)

Thrashy and nervous Batman-ish chords. a dissonant collection of dangerous notes, an unstable scene. Erie and disturbed.

Das Experiment I dotdotdot
Space (Instrumental)

A brief interlude of sound effects, drums, and samples.

Junk Satellite dotdotdot
Space (Vocal)


Hyper-Nova dotdotdotdot
Space (Instrumental)

"Hyper-Nova" a.k.a. "Tu Eres Un Clon" is an angular and harsh sonic experience, with uncomfortable guitar and sounds competing for the vibrato throb that disrupts your peace. Groovy in a bad hair day kinda way. Even some big Link Wray style chords.

Resolving The Internal Enigma dotdotdot
Space (Instrumental)

Urgent warbles and dangerously indignant chords play a difficult structure. Dry chop and howling theremin, and remarkable discomfort.

Orange Planet dotdotdot
Space (Instrumental)

In a change of venue, a regular drum beat opens what is a slow punk kinda backtrack with samples and weirdness over the top. More like a scene than a song. Be sure to have some Aspirin® handy. Telemetry chatter ties it all together.

Das Experiment II dotdotdot
Space (Instrumental)

Another short partition of sound and smoke screen.

5000 Light Years Away From Digit Zero dotdotdotdot
Space (Instrumental)

Ooh - eerie and disquieting guitar with a "Batman" on acid urgency and angular thrash. More or less heavy, with dark imagery. "5000 Light Years Away From Digit Zero" is on the slower and more dramatic side, and quite grating, in the good way.

Viaje A La Luna dotdotdotdot
Space (Instrumental)

Perhaps the moonlight shimmers off the waves of death. Perhaps they merely throb with vibrato ominosity. Either way, the angular sound of impending doom permeates "Viaje A La Luna."

Astro Collision dotdotdot
Space (Instrumental)

Rising gradually from the disturbed space-time continuum, "Astro Collision" passes quickly as an interlude to a space opera.

Das Experiment III dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Unlike the other movements of "Das Experiment," this is a nearly surf instro with a flowing melody line portraying some discomfort and danger in the stark beauty of cold space. The now-famous "one small step for man" sample appears, setting the stage. Very cool!

Vixen Love dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

And now for something completely different! With a kind of space style "King Of the Surf " rhythm, and a disturbed surf melody riff, "Vixen Love" is a complex piece with whammy chords and a surfable underbelly. Very cool!

Das Experiment IV dotdotdot
Space (Instrumental)

Interludinal subliminal telemetry tones and hum, interrupted by bursts of digital hash and mechanical weirdness.

Space Circus Sideshow dotdotdot
Space (Instrumental)

A sideshow in the Aldebaran quadrant, where shredding is a salve applied to the skin. Almost angry, yet surfably dangerous, with effects and thick ambiance.