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Oakland, Calif., certainly can feel like outer-space sometimes, but that city also plays host to a very special cosmically minded troupe, the Phenomenauts. Blending pop-punk, rock ‘n’ roll and new wave, the fivesome set their eyes on the stars, literally, with loads of space and sci-fi themed tracks like “Make a Circuit with Me,” “I Am Robot” and “Galactic Pioneers.” The band’s fans and the band itself, naturally, rock some mean-lookin’ space-inspired duds.
While these galactic rockers may not board an actual spacecraft just yet, their inspiring song “Infinite Frontier” from the latest album “For All Man Kind” scored entry onto NASA’s STS-124 shuttle mission to the International Space Station, which launched on Saturday (May 31).
PunkNews.org was also rad enough to post news about us visiting NASA on this last tour:
The Phenomenauts have been invited to shoot their next music video at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The video is for the song “Heroes” about the men, women, and animals that lived and died to advance our planet’s space program.
The band was honored with a VIP tour of the Space Center last week, which included meetings with astronauts, scientists, and hands-on experience with space station parts and training facilities.
Along with that, which would be pretty incredible in of itself, the band’s song “Infinite Frontier” will be brought on board The International Space Station as part of the upcoming STS-124 mission, where it will be played for the crew’s first wake up. Wake-up calls are a long-standing tradition of the NASA program. Each day during the mission, flight controllers in the Mission Control Center will greet the crew with an appropriate musical interlude.
The track blends 70’s punk with new-wave, asking “All the way from the bottom of the ocean to the upper atmosphere, there are astronomical possibilities, so why should we stop here?” and demands that we “Press onward!”
Update: To be accurate here, NASA headquarters is in Washington DC. The band visited the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center which is one of the organization’s centres for human space flight activities.