Today Is the Day – Axis of Eden: The Film
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Director David Hall has made a film around last year’s Axis of Eden, by Today Is the Day. The band is currently on tour (dates below) providing a live soundtrack to the film. (The above video for “I.E.D.” comes from the film. I love how the mirror effect assaults the central axis.) I just came back from this, and it was amazing. Hall basically downloaded the mess that is Steve Austin’s mind – guns, drugs, sex, psychosis – and splattered it across a psychedelic horror canvas.
If there’s a plot, it doesn’t make sense, but it also doesn’t matter. TITD is about drilling down to the bottom of the psyche and exposing it in the rawest way possible – no hiding behind corpsepaint or costumes. This show featured an extended duet between shrill computer keyboards and Austin’s surprisingly good crooning, and a song that was just bass-drums-vocals. Uncomfortable, challenging stuff, and ultimately invigorating. Go see this show.
In the meantime, check out two good interviews with Austin. The first is at Revolver. Despite the nonsensical navigation – you have to scroll down on each page – it’s informative, discussing the film and Austin’s SuperNova label, which now releases albums only on MP3 and vinyl. Austin astutely observes that abandoning CD booklets opens up the possibility of online, animated artwork – something I’ve always wondered why bands/labels haven’t done more. Then, buckle up for this incendiary interview at Metalsucks. It names names and burns bridges; I’m surprised Relapse hasn’t issued a statement in reply.
– Nov –
6 Philadelphia, PA @ Millcreek Tavern
8 Toronto, ON @ Blue Moon
9 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
10 Providence, RI @ Club Hell
11 Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St. Pub
12 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
13 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
14 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
15 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
16 Chicago, IL @ The Metal Shaker
17 Nashville, TN @ The End (w/Zoroaster)
18 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
19 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
20 Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee (w/Zoroaster)
21 Dallas, TX @ Reno’s Chop Shop (w/Zoroaster)
22 Austin, TX @ Red 7 (w/Zoroaster)