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So, there’s this band. They’re called Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate. They’re a London rock band, and they’ve got science fictiony sensibilities–like, check out their 2016 album When The Kill Code Fails.

So, their newest release is Out of Mind, and one of the tracks is called “When I Was A Ship” and yes, they do mean that ship.

This song was inspired by Ann Leckie’s Ancillary series. The main character had once been a warship, whose artificial mind had been distributed within the ship, and also within many ancillaries – prisoners who have had their minds wiped. The ship itself and all of the other ancillaries was destroyed, leaving just one fragment of the mind left in one body.

So, like, that’s a thing that happened.

You can hear “When I Was A Ship” on Spotify. You can also purchase it at Bandcamp, along with When The Kill Code Fails and their other albums. I’ve been listening to WtKCF for the past few days and really enjoying it.

5 Responses

  1. Malcolm

    Dear Ann,

    Thank you so much for your kind support, and for creating such inspiring characters, stories and worlds.

    Best wishes,
    Singer/songwriter/keyboard/guitar/producer of Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate

  2. TimR

    I gave it a listen and I like it.
    I put on my big head phones, crossed my legs and closed my eyes.
    A lot of the music arrangement reminded me of the Mass Effect trilogy, it’s a very Sci-Fi, kind of foreboding feel.
    Like the weight of the enormity of the universe slowly descending on your psyche.
    The singer gave me a real David Bowie feel with the melodic, spoken word sort of combination.
    Reminded me a bit of Bowie’s Blackstar.

    I will give their other stuff a listen over the next couple of days!