Grandmother's Spaceship

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Grandmother's Spaceship
Scaterd Few Grandmother's Spaceship Cover.jpg
Studio album by Scaterd Few
Released 1998
Genre Christian punk
Length 62:30
Label Jackson Rubio
Producer Allan Aguirre
Scaterd Few chronology
Out of the Attic
(1994)Out of the Attic1994
Grandmother's Spaceship
(1998)
Omega No. 5
(2002)Omega No. 52002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Hard Music Magazine[1][1] [2] with interview[2]
Cornerstone Magazine (not rated)[3]
7ball (not rated)[4]
Phantom Tollbooth (not rated)[5]
Sanctified Press (not rated)[6]

Grandmother's Spaceship the third a studio album by pioneer Christian punk band Scaterd Few. Lyrically the album is themed, referencing "aliens, the cyber-age and other extra-terrestrial things,"[3] while staying centered on the ultimate truth of renewed life in Christ. Several lyrics draw their themes directly from scripture.[7] Musically it is more diverse than most punk albums, encompassing reggae, aggressive punk, funk, and a "slight Gothic overtone"[4] similar to Allan's alternate band, Spy Glass Blue.[6] While at least one critic thought the album "failed to capture the essence" that Sin Disease displayed,[8] most reviews were positive. The album was written over two years and recorded in three weeks.[2]

Lyrical themes[edit]

Lyrically, the album paints a cohesive picture of mankind in a technological society. According to Allan because man is separated from God and so has lost his true identity.[2] In this unnatural state mankind tends toward pagan activities, destroying himself through his vices, in an attempt to find his true identity. This condition is exacerbated by the conditions of the 21st century - a world of information overload where "Major Tom is now an info monk."[2] Humans are said to be a "Species filled with anti-matter."[2] Perhaps the clearest expression of this idea is in "Bobby's Song," which tells the story of a family preparing to leave Earth by way of alien abduction.[9] The story is similar to that of the Heaven's Gate cult;[7] one reviewer describes this as "the story of humankind's misplaced yearning for extraordinary salvation from all sources other than the Universal King."[5]

The album's answer is that Christ can restore man to his natural state of communion with God. Allan speaks directly to the world in pleading "Wake up, sleeper!" (echoing Ephesians 5:14, on "Lullaby") and drawing from Mark 1:17 in "Win The Fisher" ("If you follow me, I'll make you fisher's of men.")[7] In Christ Agiurre offers "Death! Where is your sting?!"[2] (from, "Incorruptible", 1 Corinthians 15:55[7]) as a triumphant victory cry over the corruption world.[5]

Grandmother's space theme has been interpreted in two related ways: that believers are "not of this world,"[4][9] and that the world increasingly alienates believers as unwelcome.[7] In this vein "As The Story Grows V.2" is a continuation of the theme set forth on "As The Story Grows" (Sin Disease), and "Space Junk" is most exploratory. These songs restate both questions posed to belevers by the outside world (such as "How can you believe in a God that would let small children suffer?"[7]), and the world's angry reply back to Christians ("We love the smell of hell / How dare you try to tell us that / He died to set us free / ...Take your cross and let us be".)[7]

The album also contains elements of praise and worship music, albeit in a punk fashion, which was, according to Aguirre, "a very conscious decision."[9] The best of these are probably "Splendor" and "Arbitrator",[6] which draws from Psalm 139, and was remade by Spy Glass Blue on their 2003 release The Blue EP.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro"
  2. "Space Junk"
  3. "Lullaby"
  4. "Win The Fisher"
  5. "Arbitrator"
  6. "Future Love"
  7. "Species"
  8. "Incorruptible"
  9. "Vanishing"
  10. "Vanishing Outro"
  11. "Suspension My Love"
  12. "Bobby's Song"
  13. "Twinkling Of An Eye"
  14. "Worm Hole"
  15. "Splendor"
  16. "As The Story Grows (v.2)"
  17. "Tomorrow"

Credits[edit]

Also Featuring:

  • Cristina Aguirre: Background Vocals in "Vanishing"
  • Corin Aguirre: as Bobby in "Bobby's Song"
  • Lee Harbaugh: Trombone
  • Diane Morren: as Grandmother in "Bobby's Song"
  • Joshua Pyle: Keyboards, Sampling

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Album Reviews: SCATERD FEW Grandmother's Spaceship". HM Magazine (72). July–August 1998. ISSN 1066-6923.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e f Keyes, J. Edward (Internet Exclusive 2003). "Scaterd-Few - Grandmother's Spaceship". HM Magazine. ISSN 1066-6923.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ a b Wiitala, Christopher (1998). "Album Reviews / Grandmother's Spaceship". Cornerstone. 28 (115): 58. ISSN 0275-2743. 
  4. ^ a b c Walker, Derek (September–October 1998). "Reviews: Scaterd Few / Grandmother's Spaceship". 7ball (20): 49–50. ISSN 1082-3980. 
  5. ^ a b c Atkinson, Matthew (1998). "Grandmother's Spaceship Review". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  6. ^ a b c (Review by Sanctified Press)
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Powell, Mark Allan (2002). "Scaterd Few". Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 794–795. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  8. ^ (The) Kern County Kid (September–October 2002). "Reviews: Scaterd Few / Omega No. 5". HM Magazine (97): 64. ISSN 1066-6923. 
  9. ^ a b c Tudor, Steve (November–December 1998). "Scaterd Few". 7ball (21): 36. ISSN 1082-3980. 

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