“Crashland” is the lead single off Pennan Brae’s feature film The Astronot album. Brae says that it’s a special track for him.
“I got to work with two rock ‘n’ roll legends. Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Eric Clapton) laid down drums, and Garry Gary Beers of INXS played bass.”
Brae wrote the song with Grammy nominee Eric Alexandrakis. “Crashland” was mixed by producer Paul David Hager and mastered by Grammy-winner Emily Lazar (David Bowie, Beck) at Lodge Mastering in NYC. It’s no surprise that such legends play on the track because from the wild guitars at the beginning to the first drum hit just a few bars in, it oozes pure rock ‘n’ roll liveliness.
For the lyric music video—that’s right, we’ve got both story and words appearing on screen here—Brae teamed up with Tim Cash of Far From Earth Films. Cash also directed The Astronot film, “so he knew the material inside out and backwards.”
From exploring with a metal detector (what kind of precious, otherworldly metals will our hero find?) and a Rocky-esque bedroom calisthenics scene, to a bike ride down a long, desert road and phone calls to another planet, we come to find that perhaps there’s no greater journey than the quest to find someone to join you along the way.
And … wait a second … is that an astronaut (or astronot …) making his way across the vast, Earthly plains? At the hands of anyone else, “Crashland” might’ve been desolate, dreary, or hopeless—but with Pennan Brae’s eternal optimism, we’re imbued with the reminder that—victorious or not—everything will be alright.