new Challenger EP this week.
By Jennifer Kelly
Sole and the Skyrider Band, hot off this year’s Hello Cruel World, have teamed with
Evangelista’s Carla Bozulich for a new EP Challenger.
The title track, streaming
now at Soundcloud, commemorates the 1986 Challenger space shuttle
disaster. Challenger broke apart just
over a minute into its flight, killing all seven of its crew members, including
Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire
science teacher selected as the first Teacher in Space. Because McAuliffe was a teacher, many schools
were tuned to NASA TV for the launch, so that an extraordinary number of school
children, by some accounts, 48% of nine- to 13-year olds, watched the tragic
The song, “Challenger” reflects the dark, technologically
dystopian subject matter, with booming, deep-space percussion and eerie washes
of spectral sound. Sole’s verses
connect the innocent, knowledge-seeking space program with the more paranoid,
information-and-power obsessed technologies of today, while Bozulich keens
dramatically about skies lit up and boys with sad eyes.
The EP Challenger is out this week on Fake Four Records.