I’ve been a fan of Steve Austin‘s and his ongoing revolving cast of audio anarchists Today Is The Day‘s output for a long time (Willpower is my current favorite…TITD albums always change place vying for number one in my heart, much like Clutch and Melvins records). Steve told me once years ago during an interview that once he got hooked on The Jesus Lizard he was just drawn to need uglier and more raw sounds. Their new clip for “Heathen” (from recent Southern Lord life punisher Animal Mother) certainly finds a foothold in the steaming guts of misanthropy. It might be their best since “Six Dementia Satyr”, which was a long time ago. “Heathen” is a disturbing distilled animated vision of boiling grief, alienation and anger. Set to the untamed crunch of TITD’s grim march, the clip features weaponry, self-harm, madness and crosses while Steve screams “No God/One shot” in his trademark bloody and hissing shouts. In a particularly moving scene sure to give existential nightmares we see isolated figures made of burning flame atop mounds of accumulated refuse as crosses seem to beckon with empty promise. It’s a scene of images that will be glued to my thoughts for some time to come, I wager.
Bloody Disgusting has the video premiere HERE. Highly recommended experience from a classic noise/grind band.
The video for said anthem comes courtesy of Novel Concept TV, whose architects share an equally mad vision of the world as the band, bringing the song to visual fruition through an intense, animated self/outward mutilation spree.
Issues Austin of the “Heathen” video’s inception, “I was on tour last fall and stayed at my long time friend, Neil Barrett’s house. While I was there he showed some of the video work he had been doing and my mind was blown. Neil and Marco Morales are super creative dudes and Neil has been intoTITD since the band began. Together, they make some really psychedelic mind expanding films; it’s really cool to finally get to work on something together.”
The video’s creators themselves offer, “We’ve been in the dungeon at the Austin Enterprise compound for several weeks with no food, water or sleep creating this visual nightmare. We’re just happy it’s over. Steve Austin is a genius and a madman. We hope you enjoy the fruits of our suffering.”
In additional rad fucking news , after a brutal highway accident in late November, which destroyed their van, merch, equipment and seriously injured some of the members, TODAY IS THE DAY returns to the road in two weeks. Currently comprised of bassist Trevor Thomas, drummer Douglas Andrae, and founding guitarist/previously mentioned vocalist, Steve Austin, the band’s new trek will hit nearly thirty North American cities in a “clockwise massacre”, beginning in Portland, Maine on April 24th and finishing on May 24th in Rochester, New York, with direct support being supplied by Lazer/Wulf. More US tour dates and European shows coinciding with the band’s set at Temples Festival in Bristol, England in May will be declared soon.
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