We are completely thrilled to be sharing our first music video with you from our upcoming record. “Light Outside” debuts today on Metal Injection. What makes it extraordinarily fun and real for us is that we have a very large hand in the making of our videos. You could say it’s a huge part of what Beak is. Chris is a photographer, and he works very closely with the ideas in Jon’s lyrics and he finds a visual expression that is true to that subject. I suppose that is a pretty unique opportunity for us. You can look into our heads and see what we see.
The visuals needed to be iconic as possible, so inspired by “The Tree Of Life” and the Brothers Quay, we set out to pair lyrical and abstract visuals with very heavy, jolting and contrasting images. It’s an exploration of beginnings. Enjoy and thank you for taking part.
Today our new record “Let Time Begin” is available worldwide for pre-order. Watch the album teaser and get a preview of music videos and sounds to come. Order the record in our store or amazon or anywhere.
In two weeks time – Friday September 19th at Chicago’s Beat Kitchen – we will be playing the new record, live, in it’s entirety from front to back, for the first time ever, in celebration of the release of “Let Time Begin”. This is currently a Chicago only event, though we are taking this act on the road later in November. The first 50 people through the door will be given a cd copy of the new record! Shit, that’s the kind of night this going to be. Anatomy of Habit and Vukari will be joining us. Get tickets here.
We set out on a mission to make a video for our new single ‘Light Outside’. We’re Beak, that’s what we do, make videos for our songs. Our drummer Chris had a crazy idea, so we followed along. Our latest record, “Let Time Begin” speaks of the origins of the universe, the beginning of humanity, and primordial goo. How the hell do we show that in a video? Water. We perform the songs in water. Jon sang the song in a cold pool of water with Chris’s camera hovering above him on a tall tripod. Cue lights, cue sound, cue the dumping of milk and dye over Jon’s shivering face in the pool. Then Chris’s 3 year old son Ellis comes out to see what dad and his friends are doing, curious about the 4 men in the garage with the lights and camera and boombox are doing with his pool. Ellis dances anyway. For Jason’s vocal parts we wrapped his sweaty head in thermal blanket and made him sing through that. That’s fun. The rest of the night Andy just bitches about dumping all of the stinky milk water into the alley. This is how we spend our Saturday night.
“Light Outside” music video premiers in September. Stay tuned.
Our 2nd single – the first track off our forthcoming record – debuts today on Stereokiller. “Souls in Streams” is a song we’ve played out frequently over the last year. You might recognize it. This is one of my favorites off the new record. We can’t wait to get the whole thing out. Just 3 weeks to go. Listen to it here.
It’s time. We’re finally ready to share news of our debut full-length. “Let Time Begin” was written and recorded on the heels of the release of our last, and we’re super excited to share it with you. We spent the bulk of our time at Chicago’s legendary studios Electrical Audio and Soma, recording, recording and mixing with the talented Neil Strauch (“Eyrie” engineer, Bonnie Prince Billy, et al). We see this record as a forward continuation of where we last left off only with this twist: it’s a prequel.
The album art was done by our drummer, Chris Eichenseer of Someoddpilot. 8 songs. 40+ minutes of music. The album will be released on September 23rd 2014 on Someoddpilot Records via Ingrooves worldwide. Pre-orders, videos, and more coming soon.
Souls In Streams
The Breath Of Universe
Let Time Begin
Into The Light
Carry A Fire
Over The Shelter, The Morning Breaks
Fiery They Rose
With Chicago sucking at an all time high on the Chart of Truly Horrible Living Conditions, the inaugural Deep Freeze Festival couldn’t be landing at a more appropriate time. Next weekend, a two day festival from the guys at Epitonic bangs around the cold corridors of Wicker Park’s six-corner intersection at the Double Door, Subterranean, and Public Works. Catch us with Bloodiest, Czar and Pink Avalanche on the Double Door bill Saturday night, Feb 1st. Tickets here.
Normally our official Beak photographer supplies the images featured on this site, but here we have some from the KEN Mode show at the bottle by local Chicago metal show veteran John Mourlas, who covers nearly every show of note in the Windy City. The full set is here.
Beak is back for a Chicago show before the end of the year. This Sunday, December 1st, with the mighty KEN Mode, promises to be an awesome end to November. Be on the look out for new tracks from our upcoming record. As always, art by our drummer Chris Eichenseer.
We’re playing with our good friends Arbogast, Scientist, and Columbus, OH’s Behind the Eyewall this Friday night at the Empty Bottle, Chicago (Free with rsvp here). It’s a record release for Scientist and it’s sure to be a serious night of the kind you’re aren’t supposed to be involved in, the only thing moderately freakish and non-digital about your buttoned up life, in the current year of our great country, and of this heaven on earth and so on. We are kicking mostly-understood-by-all-members new songs from the upcoming record, but not all mind you, because we’ve been mixing them for the past 6 months, but we sure haven’t been playing them.