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Operation Highjump

Operation Highjump was a post-World War II invasion of Antarctica by the United States military, in hopes of discovering new resources.

It is also an instrumental rock-comedy duo that hails from Salem, Oregon. Zach Mendoza and Cody Held make up the “strictly platonic” Operation Highjump, whose music is a concoction of rock, metalcore, electronica, and a plethora of other genres. This makes for an epic listening experience. Think of a heavier Explosions in the Sky.

Zach and Cody (not to be confused with the Disney sitcom) frequently create comedy sketches, as seen below. Along with creating music and comedy, Zach and Cody have made it their mission to not finish what the 1940s United States military started: conquer Antarctica.

Hopefully this helps spread the word.

On this week’s episode, Mark Radlund is joined by both Zach and Cody of Operation Highjump. They discuss everything from conspiracy theories, disc golf, Voodoo Doughnuts, and answer a bevy of Oregon related questions. We feature two of their latest tracks, “I Only Use Smoke Signals” and “Hero of Vinson Massif.”

You can follow Operation Highjump on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Spotify.

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