Break The Clasp, the debut album from LAE — the Montreal-based psychedelic post-hardcore quintet fronted by Steve Austin of Today Is The Day — is now finally ready for release in its deluxe vinyl format. Alongside preorders for the massive 2xLP edition, an official video for the incredibly heartbreaking “To Give You The Stars Above” has been released through an exclusive premiere at Exclaim! Magazine. LAE will also play their very first live performance in early September.
The incredibly expansive torrent of emotions contained on LAE’s nearly hour-long Break The Clasp features standout performances from each member, the album recorded in full analog in main songwriter Marc Lucas Ablasou’s woodshop in Montreal by Steve Austin of Today Is The Day, who ended up providing lead vocals to the entire album, and the lineup completed by Ronald Jean-Gilles, Serge Nakauchi Pelletier and Stephane Desgroseilliers. Re-envisioning their original anthems penned under initial moniker LAE-TSEU in the mid-late 1990s alongside new songs, the band recorded live on vintage 1970s equipment utilizing a range of guitars, basses, drums, accordion, trumpet, saws, organs, pianos, electronics and a multitude of vocal styles into a four-part storyline of Life, Love, Hope and Death. The record was then mastered by Austin at his own Austin Enterprises (Converge, Burn The Priest/Lamb of God, Deadguy).
Of the thirteen songs Break The Clasp encapsulates, “To Give You The Stars Above” takes the emotive outpouring of LAE to the most inconsolably sad levels on record. Collecting a spread of joyous family film clips, the official video for the song creates a polar opposite vibe of the actual music, further accenting its despondent tones, culminating in an incredibly sad display of what Break The Clasp has to offer. The video was created by director David Hall of Handshake Inc. (Today Is The Day, Brutal Truth, Maryland Deathfest The Movie), who alongside the band, has issued a statement about the creation of the new video. Both statements are now running with an exclusive premiere of the video through Exclaim! Magazine.
View LAE’s “To Give You The Stars Above” video exclusively through Exclaim! now at THIS LOCATION.
Additionally, a new video for the track “Sister” is in the construction process for release in the coming weeks. The entire album is available for streaming RIGHT HERE.
LAE has also booked their very first show since the band’s initial incarnation as LAE-TSEU in the pre-Y2K era! The outfit will perform a set in their hometown of Montreal on September 5th, bringing the songs of Break The Clasp to a live audience for the first time. Additional tour dates will be announced in the months ahead.
9/05/2015 L’Hemisphere Gauche – Montreal, QC w/ The City Gates + invite [info]
Following its initial digital and digipak CD release of LAE’s Break The Clasp in November, the album is now available for preorder in its most expansive edition yet, as the massive double-LP version is set for a September street date. A co-released title between The Compound Recs and Battleground Records, the wax version is pressed on two massive slabs of 180-gram black vinyl with poly-lined inner sleeves, a full-color gatefold cardboard outer sleeve with front and back spot varnish with a free digital download card, fully shrink-wrapped with a cover sticker, displaying the otherworldly cover art by Sonny Kay (The VSS, Angel Hair, Gold Standard Laboratories label, etc.) and LAE’s incredible songwriting in an ultra-deluxe format.
Set for release on September 25th, preorders for the 2xLP version of Break The Clasp as well as the CD versions are now available via The Compound HERE and Battleground HERE. All preordered copies will ship ahead of street date.
LAE frontman Steve Austin also recently scored the upcoming Hollywood release of Addiction: A 60’s Love Story. Directed by Tate Steinseck (Face Off) and set for release through Breaking Glass Pictures, Addiction: A 60’s Love Story takes place in New York City, in 1968. Austin created a dark, afflicted, psychedelic soundtrack to match the film’s delivery. Additionally, several of Austin’s prior recordings were worked into the soundtrack, including the emotional “Broken Knee” ballad from LAE’s Break The Clasp and several Today Is The Day tracks. Addiction: A 60’s Love Story is set to premiere in Hollywood on November 3rd, 2015. View the film’s official trailer at Entertainment Tonight Online HERE, and the official IMDB listing for the movie HERE.