We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of The Universe By Year’s new music video for their song “Slam Your Head Against The Wall (Carefully)” – watch it below. The track is taken from the band’s self-titled album, which is available now through Czar Of Crickets. You can purchase the album through iTunes, on vinyl, and on CD, as well as stream it on Spotify.

The band states the following:

You gotta hit them when they’re down. That’s why The Universe By Ear delivers the next punch hardly two weeks after the release of their untitled debut album. This time it’s a clip and a boneshaking one at that. The song (the third song from the aforementioned album turned into a visual experience) is an almost-instrumental one that makes sparse but effective use of the bands three voices. In layered harmonies only the title is sung, but it prooves to be a memorable line: “Slam Your Head Against The Wall (Carefully).”

In between these rays of light, the three-piece-bands heavy riffs and shattering drums dominate the scene, fittingly illustrated with retro-colored images of cars racing and crashing and old-school-rocketts taking off into space. But The Universe By Ear neither indulge in pure lust for destruction nor do they advertise violence in any form. However… slamming your head against the wall (carefully) can surely lead to mind-altering states – or if you prefer a way to do that without covering your walls in blood: check out The Universe By Ear.

And on a more production-wise note: So why these pictures to those sounds?

Cars racing: The main riff of the song has that repetitive and driving (shallwe say: driven?) quality. The octave-slide all over the fretboard is mirrored in the gear-shifting of the cars. like a short grasp for breath before you race on.

Cars crashing: We’ve chosen controlled crashes only, as in crash-tests. Those outbursts in an otherwise very reliable setting are quite similar to our songwriting, where the main frame is always given, but certain parts are deliberously kept open for (group-)improvisation. Usually that is where the real fun starts.

Rocketts taking off: At certain parts in the song, the dirty riff is exchanged for a more open sound, the road leads into space. Per aspera ad astra. We really like to play with those contrasts in our compositions. And we love delay pedals.

Dangerous looking aliens: Hey, why not? To many ears, that is what we sound like, I guess.

Nasa-control-rooms: Sometimes we feel like those guys, our computers are our pdalboards full of effects. We hope to steer the spaceship in the right direction. And some times that actually works the way we planed.

Psychedelic colours: Music needs more colours and more contrasts and more trippy stuff. So there you go. You’re welcome.

Overall retro-look: We actually detest the modern ultra-clean and hyper-compressed sound of many of todays rock-records. We love albums that still breathe, where there’s dynamics and you can hear (yes, there are mistakes!) the human beings interacting with each other and not with a clicktrack in an isolated booth. Retro is the way to go – unless of course, you do it so consistently that it becomes a restriction again.

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  1. “I” and “We” would be the band or the magazine? Who exactly wrote this review?

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