BAD BRAINS: New Video Posted Online

The first video off the new BAD BRAINS album, "Build a Nation", has been completed and can be viewed below. SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian directed the effort, which is a video combination of two songs, "Give Thanks and Praises" and "Jah Love". Shot at the Sasquatch Festival and also Portland Oregon by famed cinematographer Danny Hiele (U2, GREEN DAY, KANYE WEST), the concept captures and merges punk and reggae. Thus the main punk video, "Give Thanks and Praises", is seen merging into the dub reggae of "Jah Love". It's a concept Shavo felt did justice to the band as being innovators of punk rock.

"I really wanted to respect this band and bring out and capture what they are about, which is a certain intensity...yet also bringing out all sides of the band," he said. "So, the brutal fury of the first video merges into this beautiful dub song. It is some of the most stunning cinematography from DP Danny Hiele I have ever seen. Glorious film style."

"Build a Nation" was released on June 26 via Megaforce Records. The group's first proper studio CD in over a decade features all the original members: HR, Darryl Jenifer, Dr. Know and Earl Hudson.

Produced by longtime fan, Adam Yauch of the BEASTIE BOYS, "Build a Nation" is a return to form for the band that helped define American punk and hardcore music. It also represents the first studio album, outside BEASTIE BOYS albums, to be recorded at the BEASTIE BOYS' "Oscilloscope" laboratories and studio compound in New York City.

BAD BRAINS performed on New York's Temptress cruiseship on June 25 as part of the Rocks Off Concert Series. It was an album-release party that sailed around Manhattan. BAD BRAINS frontman H.R. gave a rare interview to AOL aboard the cruiseship prior to the show beginning. Watch the funny antics here. Pictures from the gig can be found at Brooklynvegan, Pitchfork.

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