The History Channel series "Ancient Aliens" asks many questions regarding the possibility of the existence of intelligent alien life on distant worlds. The series also asks are we, the people of earth, somehow connected to these beings. The series questions the genetic make-up, origins, culture, evolution and technology of us earth people from the premise that perhaps we are the children, or manufactured life forms of an alien race.
With their new album “Yellow Dwarf and the 9 Orbs” not only does the Florida based band Didges Christ Super Drum asks all the same questions (and more) as the History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens" series, they pose theories and offer concepts, only they don’t do this with scientific conjecture, they do this through music that is pervasive alternative electronic rock.
As with DCSD's last album “Alien Technology” their new album “Yellow Dwarf and the 9 Orbs” is hybrid sounds of traditional musical instruments and modern technology. There are two major differences between the two albums though, the first is “Alien Technology” contained many earthy tribal rhythm riffs, the new album "Yellow Dwarf and the 9 Orbs" eschews those trappings in favor of a more late 1960's hard rock sound reminiscent (at least to me) of bands like Led Zeppelin. This is exemplified by the screaming, riveting, crunching, prolific guitar solos found throughout the songs on the album.
But don't let the hard rock feel of “Yellow Dwarf and the 9 Orbs” fool you, DCSD does not forsake electronics, no, not at all as the stamp of technology is all over the album. Only the electronics are subdued as to not to overshadow the rest of the engaging sounds and instrumentation. DCSD again illustrate that music can be technologically advanced without having the technology overpower and overwhelm.
I mentioned that there were two major differences between DCSD’s “Alien Technology” and the latest “Yellow Dwarf and the 9 Orbs?” Well the other difference is the lyrical content. Though the lyrics and stories of “Alien Technology” were splendid, the lyrically rich songs of “Yellow Dwarf and the 9 Orbs” are far loftier. There are many wonderful tracks to be found on “Yellow Dwarf and the 9 Orbs” and "Smoke and Mirrors," is one of my favorites. It contains the wonderful lyrics "Ride your Unicorn with your rose colored glasses on," I personally found that a brilliant metaphor to illustrate one who chooses to refuse to face life's realities. And the realities of life such as who we are, where we are from and what we as a species is capable of are themes that are explored in another of the album’s stellar tracks, "Alien Agenda.”
If there is a song on “Yellow Dwarf and the 9 Orbs” that begs for a 12 inch (vinyl) remix it's the exciting irresistible electronic alternative dance rocker "Empathy.” Don’t wanna dance just wanna rock, then “Two Insomnias” is for you; it’s a great rocker with that late 60's hard rock (Jimmy Page like guitar work) sound that I mentioned. After dancin’ or rockin’ the time comes to pay the piper and the track "Demon Cleaner" suggest sometimes we need to stop, shake stupid self-absorbed, self-destructive, foolishness out of your head, let some ideas go, step back re-think, and look at life’s larger picture, because despite what you may think, it’s not all about you.
"2000 Light Years From Home,” it’s electronic rock with an awesome danceable cosmic kick and for me the most cerebral yet visual track on the album. In my very imaginative mind I see DCSD playing at some seedy club deep in interstellar space while beautiful sexy silver space suited go-go girls imprisoned in gilded cosmic cages shake shimmy wiggle and sizzle to rockin’ solar sounds that DCSD create.
The track "Earth Beings" asks that ages old question we earth beings have been asking since our inception, "Why can't we all just get along?" DCSD doesn't attempt to answer that extremely complex question, they simply point out the commonalities that make us the same. Yet instead of embracing our sameness we use biology, religion, sex, race, ethnicity, nationality (our sameness) as tools to create that which separate us; in short, earth people have major issues. DCSD illustrates that these things that separate us can unfortunately lead us to the "Perpetual Motion War Machine,” another thought provoking track with the lyrics that say we are nothing more than "monkeys with bombs and guns," (yep, that's us alright) and exemplifies that ages old axiom "violence begets violence," as war only perpetuates war, continuing a senseless barbaric cycle that never ends. I also dig this song because it reminds me of an episode of iconic BBC series Dr. Who, in which this reptilian race who despises us humans refers to us, with a disparagingly negative connotation, as "the apes."
Speaking of the time traveler Dr. Who, the tune "Post Human Chrononaut" explores one of my favorite themes, time travel, and poses the question what if our creator(s) were alien time travelers from the future; something to think about, eh?
I thought DCSD last album was great but "Yellow Dwarf and the 9 Orbs" is far superior as the album does not go the simplistic route of simply stating that we should love and respect one another and get along, no, DCSD examines who we are and why we should be getting along and tries to explain that the reasons we aren't getting along are contradictory to who and what we are as a species. Through exhilarating music they offer ideas, pose questions and explore themes and in the end make it clear, we are all cut from the same cloth. Then there is the musical execution which is a fantastic cohesive satisfying mixture and balance of technology and traditional, futuristic and modern, rock and electronic.
At the end of the classic 1951 sci-fi film "The Thing From Another World," Scotty, the reporter who has just survived the world’s first (documented) visitor from another world says "Look to the skies, keep watching the skies." With the new revelations about the big bang theory, the “God particle,” dark matter and the overwhelming number of new alien planets that have been discovered by our incredibly awesome Kepler telescope, DCSD is also saying “look to the skies,” as the answers we seek may be out there beyond the stars. Only DCSD says it with caustic electronics, thundering drums and wailing guitars, all of which makes “Yellow Dwarf and the 9 Orbs” quite a musical adventure, or as they said in the late 60’s drug counter culture, “a trip.” I highly recommend that you get a copy of Didges Christ Super Drum’s new album “Yellow Dwarf and the 9 Orbs;” it’s a mind altering trip.
© 2014 Rix Roundtree-Harrison
Artist Link: http://didgeschristsuperdrum.com/