Official press release:
Steve Austin, iconic frontman for visionary metal trio, Today Is The Day, and post-hardcore quintet, LAE, has completed his first full-on solo recording, in the form of an original score for 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. A short synopsis; Max Bornstein had the wit, looks and charm that would carry him beyond the typical man’s troubles. He was untouchable… Yet the typical man’s troubles were the least of Max’s worries: He was a full-time dope fiend and a part-time father working within the underground, highly illegal pornography industry. The film stars Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter), Ian Harding (Pretty Little Liars), Carol Kane (Dog Day Afternoon), Ray Santiago (Ash Vs. Evil Dead), Michael Badalucco (O Brother Where Art Thou?) and more, with Steve Austin handling the original score as an associate producer.
Created at his own Austin Enterprise Studio — the origin of groundbreaking albums from Deadguy, Burn The Priest/Lamb Of God, Jello Biafra, in addition to Today Is The Day, and LAE — the iconic Steve 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. The song “Outlaw” from Today Is The Day’s tenth LP, Animal Mother, a psychedelic reworking of the title track to the band’s classic Temple Of The Morning Star LP, as well as the emotional “Broken Knee” ballad by Austin-fronted post-hardcore outfit, LAE, and their debut LP, Break The Clasp.
Issues Austin on the soundtrack:
“Two years ago, my good friend Tate Steinseck asked me if I wanted to do the original score for this film; after reading the script, I immediately said yes! The film is set in the 1960s. Rather than go for a retro vibe, I set out to make a score for this film that could enhance the seedy, criminal vibe going on. Dirty, smoky jazz, psychedelic keyboards, and in general a vibe that makes you feel the duality of what the main character Max Bornstein, is going through. When I got the final cut of the film, I locked myself away in my studio and watched the film over and over again. The main character in the film struggles with normal family life and the dark side of drug addiction and selling illegal pornography. I was deeply affected by this film. For days, I felt like I had fallen into the dark and insane world that Max was living in back in the 1960s and 1970s. It’s a true story, that really hits hard.”
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.
Break The Clasp, the debut LP from LAE — the Montreal-based psychedelic post-hardcore outfit which features Steve Austin on lead vocals and production/mastering — is finally nearing its availability on vinyl, following its CD and digital release in November. The incredibly expansive torrent of emotions contained on the nearly hour-long album features standout performances from each member, through the use of countless types of guitars and amplification, an arsenal of keyboards, organs, synths and pianos, trumpet, singing saw, accordion, electronics and more. The thirteen-track journey through Live, Hope, Love and Death now sees an incredible 2xLP release, 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 and free digital download. A co-released title with The Compound Recs. and Battleground Records, the vinyl version of Break The Clasp is now available for preorder via The Compound HERE and Battleground HERE.
And Austin’s primary band, the legendary Today Is The Day, continues to tour in support of last year’s Southern Lord-released tenth studio full-length, Animal Mother. One of the most critically-lauded albums in the band’s nearly three decades in existence, the blistering LP recalls some of the most seminal albums in the TITD’s explosive discography, citing the likes of Y2K-era classics, Temple Of The Morning Star and In The Eyes Of God, unleashing an ultra-intense barrage of dynamic, demoralizing, end-time anthems. Amidst the heavy touring cycle on the album, the band was involved in a horrible van accident which destroyed their gear, merch and vehicle, and hospitalized several members, which stalled all live performances for several months of heavy rehabilitation. As soon as they were healed, the band rebuilt itself once again and has reenlisted themselves into the touring circuit with furious retribution. From September 11th through October 17th, Today Is The Day will embark on a massive co-headlining tour with Abigail Williams, the caravan to raid thirty-three cities across the US and Canada. Animal Mother is available from Southern Lord digitally HERE and on CD and LP HERE.