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The Sludge Chronicles

from infirmus by SUBOCULIS

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Between 1955 and '59, the USS Cahokia
shipped countless containers of radioactive chemicals
from the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard
through the Golden Gate, to the Gulf of the Farallones.
These barrels, dubbed "special cargo"
contained high level, long-lived radioactive material
which carry a minimum half-life of 24,000 years.
Corroding slowly over time,
these barrels continue to break down,
turning this once pristine environment into a
toxic marine wasteland.

29 miles to the Farallon sites
29 reasons to read me my rights
They say they're just barrels
of "low level" waste

As a gunner's mate on the Cohokia,
John Gessleman's main position
was to unload the drum containers
through a release hatch in the ship's bottom.
The barrels that didn't sink initially,
were then shot several times
discharging the chemical waste
before they reached the ocean floor.
Dead animal carcasses, once used for
radioactive experiments at the
Radiological Defense Laboratory,
were also among the ship's contents.

29 miles to the Farallon sites
29 reasons to read me my rights
We hope they're just barrels
of "low level" waste

Bound to a wheelchair with multiple sclerosis
His wife translates his slurred, broken speech.
With his good eye open and a limb left immobile
He traces back the steps of his blurred, distant past.


from infirmus, track released August 30, 2016


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Suboculis blends traditional organic instruments with sample based sounds creating dark, rhythmic, soundscapes with progressive influences.

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