This Friday, Henry Rollins adds another item to his CV: Host of a nature show, as National Geographic Wild debuts Snake Underworld, a series that features the Black Flag/Rollins Band alum getting his hands dirty with some venom. Watching Henry Rollins handle snakes on television is exciting and all, but looking at a handful of recent releases from newer artists, there might be a few worthy bands who could morph into nature documentary hosts themselves. Here’s five we came up with that totally make sense.
1. “Camping With Atmosphere”
“Became,” the third song on Atmosphere’s new album Family Sign finds the group’s MC Slug narrating a tale of a winter camping trip that goes horribly awry. He uses his words to craft cinematic narratives, but imagine how much more compelling it would be if his story of a camping companion captured by a wolf were documented by actual cameras?
2. “What Happened to the Dodo? Starring the Dodos”
Conservation enthusiasts would enjoy the opportunity to learn about the famously extinct flightless bird wiped out due to human activity. And who better to host this documentary than Bay Area indie rockers the Dodos, who probably feel really connected to the species on account of the name and all.
3. “Sex With Ducks With Garfunkel and Oates”
Get your minds out of the gutter, y’all: the ironists in the comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates wouldn’t be the ones having sex with the ducks — though the song “Sex With Ducks” on the ladies’ recent All Over Your Face is explicitly about that, sure. For this program, they’d explore the mating habits of waterfowl. Geez, people.
4. “Exploring the Veldt With Sims”
Doomtree rapper Sims titled his new album Bad Time Zoo, but he goes out into the wild on the album’s signature song, “The Veldt.” If he’s willing to rap about it, we can only imagine that he’ll be psyched to head out to Africa to actually check out the lions and gazelles that he discusses.
5. “Hunting for Mermaids With Okkervil River”
It’s believed that the mermaid myth originated with Christopher Columbus, whose sailors saw manatees and, having been at sea for months, squinted real hard and kinda thought they looked like girls. If that’s an interesting fact to learn when you see it typed here, imagine how fascinating you’ll find it when the origins of the myth are traced in the emotive voice of Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, whose recently released a single called “Mermaid.” There’s definitely something there.