Chuckamuck have been around for the last decade and a half and have now embarked on their most ambitious album, Language Barrier, an album of 8 different languages.
In embarking on the project for their new LP, essentially a best-of titled Language Barrier, Chuckamuck were inspired by the numerous 60s bands who, at the timem, re-recorded many of their songs into different languages to garner fans the world over. Their aim was to capture the excitement of those times and aims once again.
The band, from Berlin, entrusted the translations of their songs to a host of international artists who they have built up contacts with through their time playing. Similarly, the hit Sayonara translated makes it sound like the 80s Japanese new wave song it always begged to be and is very addictive. Watch the video for チャカマック – サヨナラ below.
11 complete music videos have been produced for each song off of this album, all including original hand-drawn animations by award-winning cartoonist Oska Wald. Three weeks after a particularly rough mushroom trip, Oska had a flashback to a moment of intensity and visual disturbance from the trip – and began drawing, plate by plate, the original animations which would continue for three gruelling years to complete.
The band have also just released the video for the track Vingt Mille km.
At a time of seemingly ever-growing nationalism around the globe, it’s a welcome dose of community to hear a band reching out across the language barriers.
Language Barrier is out now on Staatsakt and available here.
Words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.