LAE - To Give You The Stars Above

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"To Give You The Stars Above" hails from LAE's debut LP, Break The Clasp, out now on The Compound Recs and Battleground Records.

Video created by David Hall / Handshake Inc. 

A monumentally dejected yet inspiring nearly hour-long psychedelic journey through thirteen dynamic movements, LAE’s Break The Clasp saw its initial digital and CD release at the end of November as a collaborative effort between The Compound Recs, Battleground Records and LAE themselves. Recorded in full analog in main songwriter Marc Lucas Ablasou’s woodshop in Montreal by Steve Austin of Today Is The Day and Austin Enterprises, who provided lead vocals to the entire album, the lineup is completed by Ronald Jean-Gilles, Serge Nakauchi Pelletier, 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. Following several overdub sessions at Austin Enterprises where the songs were mixed and mastered, the album was shrouded by otherworldly artwork by Sonny Kay (The VSS, Angel Hair, Gold Standard Laboratories label), completing this transcendentally gloomy yet beautifully delivered opus.

Break The Clasp is out now on The Compound and Battleground Records. The six-panel, spot-varnished, eco-friendly digipak and digital versions are available now; a massive 12” 2xLP gatefold edition is in manufacturing for a mid-Summer 2015 release.


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 we've 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.
-- Exclaim!
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