Music Reviews
The Vulcan Freedom Fighters

The Vulcan Freedom Fighters

Stardate Unknown

Alien Communication Recordings

Calling all Trekkies!! The resident Trekkie here at Ink19.com has the greatest ode to Star Trek (possibly) of all time. Stardate Unknown by a duo who calls themselves The Vulcan Freedom Fighters is the perfect tribute to the show that has spawned five spin-offs, roughly a dozen movies and millions upon millions of fans who are more than willing to wear the goofy lapel pin, throw up the Vulcan hand sign and speak in Klingon.

When I first put this album in and pressed play, I had no clue what to expect. Would it be a bunch of cheesy punk songs rhyming Klingon with “bring it on?” Would it be some sort of strange ranting diary of why “Star Trek” is the greatest thing to happen since Civil War reenactments? It’s much more than either would suggest. Christopher Haines and Brandon Wiggins take ambient techno drones and stoner rock and combine numerous audio from numerous “Star Trek” episodes to create one of the strangest yet fulfilling albums ever… that’s solely dedicated to the show.

But wait! There’s more!

Not only are there blips and clips from the original “Star Trek,’ but there are also little bits from AC/DC, “The Sopranos,” Metallica and Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis’s character from “The Shield”). What more could you ask for?!

As The Vulcan Freedom Fighters themselves say, “[We] may have gone boldly where no band has gone before, or should necessarily go in the future.” Honestly, I don’t think I could have said it better myself. I don’t think that it could be done any better than Stardate Unknown. If you’re a Trekkie, check out this album.

The Vulcan Freedom Fighters: http://www.vulcansrock.com


Recently on Ink 19...

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

Event Reviews

Joe Jackson brought his Two Rounds of Racket tour to the Lincoln Theatre in Washington D.C. on Monday. Bob Pomeroy was in the area and caught the show.

Matías Meyer

Matías Meyer

Interviews

With only a week to go before powerful new feature Louis Riel or Heaven Touches The Earth premieres in the Main Slate at UNAM International Film Festival, Lily and Generoso sat down for an in-depth conversation with the film’s director, Matías Meyer.

Mostly True

Mostly True

Print Reviews

Carl F. Gauze reviews the fascinating Mostly True: The West’s Most Popular Hobo Graffiti Magazine, a chronicle of forgotten outsider subculture.

The Tin Star

The Tin Star

Screen Reviews

Anthony Mann’s gorgeous monochrome western, The Tin Star, may have been shot in black and white, but its themes are never that easily defined.

Flipside

Flipside

Screen Reviews

Charles DJ Deppner finds Flipside to be a vital treatise on mortality, creativity, and purpose, disguised as a quirky documentary about a struggling record store.