Experimental grunge-rockers THE STONE EYE have revealed a new music video for their latest single “Aleutian Summer“. The video was directed by Stephen Burdick. Watch it right now at this location. “Aleutian Summer” is the third single from the band’s sixth full-length album South Of The Sun following two previous music videos for the singles “Witches & Raptures”, and “Catatonia”. South Of The Sun is scheduled for a worldwide release on October 15, 2021 via Eclipse Records.
“Aleutian Summer was written while we were killing time before a show in D.C. and this song is actually a special moment for the band in my eyes, as it was one of the first times where we truly collaborated on the writing process as a band” says lead vocalist & guitarist Stephen Burdick. “I started playing the riff, our guitarist Christian joined in with his part, and from there the song wrote itself in a matter of about an hour. Lyrically, I tried to paint a picture of a scene that could be found out of “The Shining” by Stephen King… a dark, brooding atmosphere that only releases tension when the song does at the choruses. The title of the song being ‘Aleutian Summer’ draws on that same Shining influence; as being trapped on a seemingly desolate place such as the Aleutian Islands for a period of time could hypothetically lead to the stir-crazy conditions comparable to those that fueled Jack Torrance’s rampage in the novel. Given the almost ‘retro’ theme of the song, we decided on paying homage to the eras of rock before us with a lo-fi, green screen approach to the video. Very minimal, performance shots only. We felt as though the simple approach would convey the meaning of the song better than any alternative. Paranoid by Black Sabbath anyone?”
The new record, titled South of the Sun, is one of those gems that is familiar somehow, yet takes the listener on a journey mapped out in new pathways. The album’s music invokes the spirits of Frank Zappa and Kurt Cobain while applying their influence upon music which easily falls alongside the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and Alice In Chains. Heavy with a layer of glorious weirdness, this album combines a raucous, dirty guitar sound with clever musicianship … vocals that are as hypnotic in harmony as they are diverse in range, and a rhythm section as daring as it is ornate and, at times, funk-a-licious. With thirteen mesmerizing songs altogether, the singles from the album certainly showcase the wide range of influences upon the band’s writing. For the first single “Witches & Raptures“, the band sings about being trapped in the big picture of the world around us and how servants eventually are consumed by their social masters after they have served their purpose. The second single “Catatonia” is more of an exercise in meditative songwriting designed to just lose the listener in the lyrics which represent such philosophical questions such as ‘who’s out there, what’s there?’. The third single “Aleutian Summer” can be best described as a scene out of The Shining, going stir-crazy because you’re figuratively trapped in the middle of God knows where. They are soulful songs, and in their own way erotic, both perfect for rock, alternative, stoner, and even metal radio playlists as fuzzy stoner sludge wrapped up in a progressive, pop metal take on the rock genre.
The Stone Eye live dates (get tickets here)
Sep 18 – Wilmington, DE @ BarXIII
Sep 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Century
Sep 25 – Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St.
Sep 26 – Canton, OH @ Buzzbin
Oct 2 – Pottstown, PA @ Rivet
Oct 15 – Frederick, MD @ Sky Stage
Oct 22 – Phoenixville, PA @ The Pick Music Hall
Oct 23 – Queens, NYC @ The Windjammer
Oct 29 – Lebanon, PA @ The Church
Nov 5 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Karl Hall
Nov 12 – Washington, D.C. @ The Pocket at 7drumcity