STARDUST TO DARWINSTUFF
♬ Evolve Viva La Résistance
Evolve Viva La Revolution ♬
It has been 13.8 billion years since the dawn of our observable universe; 3.7 billion years since the first life on earth burst into fruition; and millions of years in the evolutionary making for our human consciousness to fathom out that we are the stewards of the only known home of life in said universe. And yet our industrial machinery and bombs can tear up and ecosystem and visit extinction upon fellow creatures in a matter of minutes and hours. It has never been more apparent that our human condition requires something extraordinary of us if we are to survive as a species, when all the destructive powers in the world have been, by hook and by crook, invested in the power mongers that currently inhabit The US White House and the like.
In the coming months we the peoples of the planet will need to support a series of general strikes in support of the resistance of those workers who will be commissioned to make President Trump’s executive orders a daily reality. And as internationalists connected by our fragile atmosphere, in the quest for a fairer, more sustainable existence, we will need to stand with those peoples who resist and refuse to be bowed by the predator capitalismos of US planetary hegemony.
Art and science, those fraternal twin explorers of the human condition, are key tools in our collective workbox. For all our sakes, in the new world we are now attempting to make, future governments must abide by the science which is our best means of gauging the health and sustainability of our shared planet. And, our birthright of imagination and creativity will be vital in forging the art, which rallies us to the defense of our planet from those sociopaths who will continue to destroy it, if we let them.
As the concentrations of CO2 in our atmosphere have sky rocketed these past forty years under the shortsighted controls of the neo-liberal economic order, both science and human creativity tell us that capitalismos’ live experiment with ‘endless economic growth’ using us as guinea pigs, and the planet as a petri dish, has been a catastrophic failure, across all measures of basic human decency and planetary sustainability.
During this same time period a new science has emerged to explore the ultimate reasons as to why we humans came to exist in the first place and not least why we ever came to make art. This latter field of bio-poetics investigating why we create narratives, make paintings, and write songs etc. in search of artistic truth, strongly suggests that art evolved as a universal human behavior because it is adaptive, because it helped us survive as a species. And, in this humble stab at a consilience between art and science, in the themes on this record, I truly feel part of an axis of dissent to the prevailing order which ceaselessly extinguishes life for the sake of a cheap bottom dollar. As H.G Wells said: “Human history more and more becomes a race between education and catastrophe.”
Motivated by our—as far as we know—unique human capacity to wonder, in these times it remains vital that we try and shed light on the human condition and the meaning of life, in our long, and hopefully ongoing, journey from Stardust to Darwinstuff.
releases April 21, 2017
THE AXIS OF DISSENT
on this record are:
DANBERT NOBACON - vocals, acoustic guitar and then some
(Chumbawamba, Chimp Eats Banana)
MIRANDA ZICKLER - vocals
(Rabbit Wilde, The Seattle Rock Orchestra)
ANNIE EMMENEGGER – vocals
(Okan’ Annie, Wild Mountain Nation)
HOLLY BRIELLE – vocals
(Liberty Bell Drama Company alumni)
JIMMY BERG - vocals, accordion, keyboards.
(The Bad Things, The Pickpocket Revue)
ANNA DOOLEY – violin
(Nobacon and Dooley, The Pipestone Orchestra)
GREGORY MILES electric guitars, banjo.
(The Bad Things, Low Hums)
STEVE KAMKE – drums, percussion
(The Bad Things, Cascadia Liberation Front)
AUSTIN QUIST – stand up bass, bass
(The Bad Things, Bakelite 78)
BRENDAN PATRICK HOGAN - trumpet, upright piano.
(The Bad Things, Mamie Lavona the Exotic Mulatta and her White Boy Band)
ANDY LOWE – stand up bass
(The Pickpocket Revue, Devilwood)
AARON J. SHAY - banjo
(The Mongrel Jews, The Pickpocket Revue)
BELLOW WING – saw
MASON HERBERT – mandolin
(The Bad Things alumni, Lotties’ Lounge)
BRYN CLAYTON JONES – voiceover
(Liberty Bell Drama Company alumni)
EDWARD ZARGASTERLEY JONES – voiceover
(The Mystery Motel, The Shifting Sand)
MELANIE GOOGELLE – voiceover
(The Femi Smartbots, Brain Circus)
Written by Hunter, N. Directed by Nobacon, D.
except lines from
"Hamlet" by William Shakespeare,
"Inferno" by Dante Alighieri,
"The Masque of Anarchy" by Percy Bysshe Shelley,
"The Outline of History" by H.G. Wells.
Produced by Mell Dettmer. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mell Dettmer at Studio Soli, Seattle WA, Oct-Dec 2016
“Revolution 9.01” original recorded, engineered
by Mark Miller at The Tank studio Black Diamond WA Oct 2009, re-voxed, at Soli, Dec 2016, and re-engineered by Mell Dettmer.
“Tricky Trickledown” originally recorded by Danbert Nobacon at The Mystery Motel April 2014. Re-jigged by Mell Dettmer at Soli, Dec 2016
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