Jane is Space is proud to announce the release of the music video for “Mental Abrasions”, taken from their “must hear” (HuffPost) eponymous debut album, out now on Aion Records. The sonically electrifying and stimulating psychedelic video is directed by Permian Strata, a Brooklyn-based video artist that specializes in music videos and visual accompaniment to live music. Permian Strata has worked with Jane in Space in the past both with their live performance, and directing the video for their single ‘Feel it Alive’ last year. Permian has worked acts including Hannibal Montana, oddlogic, Argotec, and Color War.
The video comes out right in the middle of a series of remixes released by Jane In Space leading up to the release of “The Remixes EP”, which is due out on December 15th and will be available everywhere via Aion Records. This follows up the recent November 20th release of the 8-bit chiptune beat retro video game version of Mental Abrasions by Inverse Phase , and also the November 27th release of the house, synthwave and forward thinking electronic DJ Paul Feder remix of the same song. “The Remixes EP” gives a taste of things to come before Jane in Space’s sophomore offering, due out in the first half of 2018.
Be sure to check out this new video of “Mental Abrasions” if you are a devoted fan of the late 80s and early 90s electronic rock stylings of groups such as Depeche Mode, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb or Nine Inch Nails. This will definitely bring you back to a time where the visuals, lights, and colors were just as an important part of the overall experience of the music in both the live performances and MTV music videos of bands from this era.
In addition, check our interview with the band below where we discuss the single, video and what’s next!
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Tom: Thanks for having us back. Doing good — a lot has happened since we last spoke!
Can you talk to us more about your new single “Mental Abrasions”?
Tom: We wanted to give our debut album a nice send-off, and “Mental Abrasions” was a favorite from it for a lot of people. We worked with director Permian Strata again to put together an amazing video. We also got some really talented friends to do some remixes of the song for us: Inverse Phase did an 8bit chiptunes version, and DJ Paul Feder put together a funky house synthwave remix. Both sound super awesome — you can check them out on Spotify et al. now, and they’ll also be coming out as part of the “Remixes EP” on December 15th.
Jesse: As for the song itself, I wrote the beat in Paris on a Game Boy. When I played it for Tom, he warbled random melodies–as he does–and the whole song came together super fast. Our bassist Josh Stillman threw on a funky bassline that glued it all together.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
Tom: No, it’s just about modern love and the ways seeing someone you have a spark with can make you feel. I don’t remember where the line “I get mental abrasions when I look at you” came from. I generally just write random lyrics down that come to me here and there, and I found that line written on my phone when Jesse was playing me the beat. I later googled “mental abrasions” and found that Jimmy Buffett used the term once, but I promise I did not know that at the time! So there was absolutely no inspiration from Jimmy Buffett on this song.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Jesse: Filming was quick and easy. The editing process I assume not so much!
Tom: Long-time collaborator and visuals wunderkind Permian Strata came to our rehearsal space with his camera, and shot about six takes of the song from different angles. Permian Strata then used a video mixer to create feedback as a textural motif, with an incredibly psychedelic result.
The single comes off your eponymous album – why name It after the band?
Tom: I’m personally a huge fan of debut albums being eponymous – mostly because some of my favorite bands such as The National and The Stone Roses have done it this way, and to me it makes a sort of definitive statement.
Jesse: Also, doing so short-circuited what would have been a lot of arguments with Tom.
How was the recording and writing process?
Tom: We started recording songs before the band was even really a complete band. At a base level therefore we had half of the album tracks semi-recorded before we even thought about releasing a record. Jesse is a gifted producer and added a lot of instrumentation throughout the process. Also, a lot of compromise was involved, mostly due to me wanting to strip back a song and Jesse wanting to add more to it!
How has Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails influenced your writing?
Tom: Jesse and I have always tried to find common ground in music we like, and Depeche Mode was a big mutual influence. Our first attempt at writing Jane in Space music together was actually an attempt to emulate Depeche Mode’s classic “Enjoy The Silence.”
Jesse: That effort became “Dehydrated,” on our debut album, and ended up sounding nothing like Depeche Mode… but the ingredients are there! As for Nine Inch Nails, I think Trent Reznor and his crew successfully brought together noise timbres and pop structure, letting those ideas fight but also make peace. “Mental Abrasions,” in its own way, follows that example.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Tom: Lyrically, all sorts of different places really. A few of the songs are about different elements of relationships of course. The song “Weightlessness” is about climate change. “Spiderwebs” is about how depressingly narcissistic we as a society have become (me included). One of the new songs we have been working on is actually lyrically about a murder spree which happened in North Carolina in the 20s, told from the imagined point-of-view of the sole survivor. I spend a lot of time reading up on crazy, and often unexplained, events which have happened which I guess is pretty macabre but also fascinating. I certainly find inspiration from that.
Any plans to hit the road?
Tom: Right now, we’re focused on finishing our next album. But we’re definitely psyched to get playing live again — we now have a talented drummer named Brian Korpalski in the band, who is bringing a completely new dynamic to our set-up. Brian and Jesse are big metal fans, and adding Brian has injected the songs with a heavier live sound to Jesse’s delight.
Jesse: With music like ours, live drumming makes performing feel like a war between the human and mechanical elements. I love that.
What else is happening next in Jane In Space’s world?
Jesse: Our next record is almost done, and should come out in early 2018. It’s a lot darker than the first album — conceptually, very grimey and violent. I keep describing the record as the feeling of being surrounded in the jungle, hearing hostile forces closing in.
Tom: Keith Hillebrandt, who previously worked with Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie, has been working with us on it, which has been a great experience.
Jesse: I can’t tell you enough how much of an honor working with Keith is — I am still ripping off tricks I read in interviews with him from years ago. We can’t wait to share the album.
Tom: Keith also did a remix of our song “Weightlessness,” which will be coming out on the “Remixes EP.” It’s incredible and we hope everyone can check it out.