LAE ‎– Break The Clasp

Battleground Records (AZ) ‎– BGR007, The Compound ‎– CPD
CD, Album, Deluxe Edition, Stereo


1 Sexy Sadie
2 Break The Clasp
3 To Give You The Stars Above
4 Broken Knee
5 Reunion
6 New Moon
7 Sister
8 Spare Me Logic
9 Let Me Die In The Memory Of Her Arms
10 Geisha
11 17 Queen
12 Cold Dark Drive
13 Space Travel



Release Date 11/25/14 on 6 panel digipak CD, co-released by The Compound and Battleground Records. Featuring Steve Austin of Today Is The Day, who produced and performed lead vocals on the album. For fans of Swans, Three Mile Pilot, Mogwai, Sonic Youth.

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BGR007, RAE TILPS 007 LAE Break The Clasp(2xLP, Album) Battleground Records (AZ), The Compound BGR007, RAE TILPS 007 US 2014 Sell This Version


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November 22, 2014

Break The Clasp is the otherworldly debut album from Montreal-based psychedelic post-rock artisans, LAE, finally set to see its release this Autumn, as the eclectic outfit undergoes an absolute rebirth.
Performing as LAE-TSEU, their initial moniker, the outfit initially impacted the Quebec art and post-hardcore/emo/indie circuits in the apocalypse-ready Y2K era of the mid 1990s, having set out to distance themselves from the established conventions of rock music as well as the trappings of the various alternative subgenres. However, after carving an excellent name for themselves regionally, and as they prepared to record their debut album, the band dissolved, with several members’ lifestyles beginning to rot away at the rest of the band, professionally and personally.
In mid-2013, having restructured the lineup and dropping half of their previous band name, LAE emerged from the unfortunate ashes of what transpired two decades ago, completely re-envisioning the songs with new life knowledge and a ravenous hunger to make them better than ever. To capture this soundtrack, bassist, Ronald Jean-Gilles, drummer Serge Nakauchi Pelletier, and guitarists Stephane Desgroseilliers and Marc Lucas Ablasou contracted Steve Austin (Today Is The Day), flying him and an arsenal of gear from his Austin Enterprises from Maine to record in Ablasou’s wood shop/warehouse. Here, the five musicians utilized acoustic and electric guitars, trumpet, saws, multiple electric organs and pianos and more to capture their long-awaited full-length, Break The Clasp in full analog on a vintage Neve Console. However, as Austin became immersed in the recordings, eventually his producer duties shifted to more instinctive musician sense, and in the end, Austin ended up performing lead vocals to the entire album in addition to other musical contributions.
After being mastered at Austin Enterprises back in Maine, and being fitted with imaginative cover art crafted by the band’s longtime cohort Sonny Kay (The VSS, Gold Standard Laboratories label), LAE’s Break The Clasp will finally see its birth this Autumn. Encompassing nearly fifty-three minutes of unclassifiable, unearthly, heartbreaking psychedelic audio artistry, while fans of Three Mile Pilot, Swans, Sonic Youth, Unwound, Slint, Shellac and more will be instantly hooked by these tales of love, devotion and loss, Break The Clasp is an incredible experience, the record unfathomably original and unlike anything accessible on this planet. Break The Clasp will be issued through a collaborative release between The Compound and Battleground Records. The digital download and eco-friendly, 6-panel digipak will be available on November 25th, 2014, and a massive 180-gram double LP in February 2015 as the band begins touring throughout North America. [The Compound / Battleground]