Sure, Nine Inch Nails and Goldfrapp are awesome, but Chris Corner, the visionary operating under the banner of IAMX has been creating consistently game-changing works over the course of 14 years and eight albums.
His recently released LP Alive In New Light finds him continuing to cut his own swath in the electronic-rock realm with maximum amounts of mystery and allure. Helping Corner bring the dark this time around is none other than Kat Von D, whose many roles as tattoo artist, reality TV star, cosmetics entrepreneur and vocalist has firmly placed her in the popular culture continuum. Today, AP is exclusively premiering the video for “Stardust,” the lead-off track from Alive In New Light, which also features vocals by Von D.
“Having Kat Von D on set was a wonderful experience,” says Corner, who directed the clip. “She sings beautifully on the recording, and I was hoping I could get her to star in the video. She came and fit right in. She knew what to do without me even starting to direct.”
Filmed in a warehouse loft in Los Angeles, the video is the culmination of Corner’s month-long experimentation with lighting and assorted camera techniques. “I never really go in with a solid concept,” says Corner about directing videos. “I dislike narratives but I love visual art and performance art. I also wanted to capture a little piece of the IAMX live experience, because it’s such an integral part of the project.”
Corner says the “Stardust” video “ended up becoming the look and lighting concept for the current tour,” one that electronic/goth fans will embrace when it begins April 19th in Washington, D.C. In addition to Corner and his band (bassist Janine Gezang, keyboardist Sammi Doll and drummer Jon Siren), Von D will be appearing live with IAMX on select dates including two shows at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade (April 21 - 22), San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall (May 7) and the Fonda Theater in LA (May 9).
IAMX SPRING TOUR DATES
4/19 Washington, DC @Rock&Roll Hotel
4/21 Brooklyn, NYC @Rough Trade (with Kat Von D)
4/22 Brooklyn, NYC @Rough Trade (with Kat Von D)
4/24 Boston, MA @Middle East
4/26 Montreal, QB @Le Belmont
4/27 Toronto, ON @Lee’s Palace
4/28 Chicago, IL @Bottom Lounge
4/30 Denver, CO @Bluebird Theatre
5/1 Salt Lake City, UT @Metro Music Hall
5/3 Vancouver, BC @Biltmore Cabaret
5/4 Seattle, WA @The Crocodile
5/5 Portland, OR @Aladdin
5/7 San Francisco, CA @Great American Music Hall (with Kat Von D)
5/9 Los Angeles, CA @Fonda Theater (with Kat Von D)
5/23 Guadalajara, MEX @C3 Stage
5/24 Mexico City, MEX @Lunario