Steve Austin is a busy man. But despite fronting Nashville noise rock unit Today Is the Day and scoring film projects, he's managed to find the time to make music with a new Montreal-based psychedelic post-hardcore project called LAE — and Exclaim! has got your first look at their new video for "To Give You the Stars Above."
LAE bring together Austin on lead vocals with songwriter Marc Lucas Ablasou — whose Montreal woodshop served as the recording location for their debut record Break the Clasp — as well as Ronald Jean-Gilles, Serge Nakauchi Pelletier and Stephane Desgroseillier. The band released said album back in November, but it's now being given the vinyl treatment courtesy of the Compound and Battleground.
In a statement about the dark inspiration behind album cut "To Give You the Stars Above," Ablasou said:
The music for "To Give You the Stars Above" was written back in 1999-2000; very dark years for me I was working night shift in a steel factory. I had to do that job that I hated because I just had a little girl; ended up alone with no girlfriend, gone with the kid and renting a room in my apartment to a girl I barely knew that ended up dead by heroin overdose in her room, owing me many months of unpaid rents. I remember crying for nothing before going to work because I was so broke, sad and tired. Diagnosed with depression, I got a few months off work paid. I didn't return to the steel factory and met my actual wife, which helped me quite a lot enjoying life again.
As for the video, it's a nostalgic, pieced-together trip down memory lane. It was directed by David Hall, who said:
I tried to take an approach that would suit the longing and melancholy of the song, and felt that repurposing old home movies would be the best way to do that. The video is a snapshot of the past — yours, mine, all of ours — to a time in your life when you had friends, you felt loved, and yet even then, you just know that one day, all those good things will be gone forever all up in this motherfucking shit. It's kind of sentimental.
Break the Clasp will be available as a deluxe double LP on September 25, but you can check out the video for "To Give You the Stars Above" right now in the player below.
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