Health Is the New Drug
Boxing Lesson’s must-see music video
By Kevin Curtin
, 12:35PM, Fri. Jan. 24
The Boxing Lesson, touted by critics as “space rockers,” have finally broken orbit with a brilliantly shot video for their song “Health is the New Drug.” The psychedelic Austin trio’s cosmic journey was made possible by Mark Miks, who built Wayne Coyne’s spacecraft for the Flaming Lips’ Christmas on Mars.
The five-minute clip features guitarist Paul Waclawsky, keyboardist Jaylinn Davidson, and drummer Ben Redman, who’s since been subbed out for former Supersuckers timekeeper Dancing Eagle, on a galactic exploratory mission in which they examine Petri dish samples of earth matter, navigate the solar system using paper maps, and hold band practice wearing Hazmat suits in a glass chamber. Throughout, we see flashbacks to their civilian lives as well as copious footage of amateur female boxing and mental patients drooling in a cell.
The clip was the creative product of a reunion between director Miks and keyboardist Davidson – best friends growing up in Wichita Falls. They became estranged during high school and lost contact for many years until a mutual friend informed them that they were both living in Austin. Miks contributed B-roll footage from international shoots and built a custom spaceship for the project in his East Austin studio. The filming wasn’t without incident, either. When Waclawsky shatters the wall of glass with his guitar, his hand was filleted open, requiring an on-the-spot superglue first aid session.
The Boxing Lesson’s 2013 album Big Hits, which features “Health is the New Drug,” has been pressed on vinyl by Corpus Christie indie label Cliff House and will be available at the band’s record release party at the Mohawk on Saturday with Blackstone Rangers, the Baker Family, and Yum.
Director: Mark Miks
Editor: Jason Stratton from Beast
Colorist: Brandon Chavez from Company 3
Big Hits! Vinyl Release: The 9 track vinyl album is officially being released by Cliff House Records, a new indie label out of Corpus Christi, on January 21, 2014.
LP available to purchase here: http://theboxinglesson.bandcamp.com/
We are throwing a hometown party with an awesome lineup to celebrate the release! It’s at Mohawk Austin on Saturday, January 25th:
Big Hits was named:
#2 Austin record of the year by Austin Chronicle critic Michael Toland.
#4 Austin single of the year for Health is the New Drug by Austin Chronicle critic Kevin Curtin.
#2 Record of the year by Loris Lowe of KLBJ. THANK YOU!!!
We are pleased to announce the Health is the New Drug music video that is Directed by Mark Miks! This one has been in the works for some time and it’s a must see. It portrays the band in outer space reminiscing on the earthly existences they left behind.
Excited to and honored to announce that we have been invited to perform at SXSW 2014. It’s been such a great year. Thank you!
In the meantime, Big Hits! will be released on vinyl in January 2014 along with a music video for Health is the New Drug.
We are thrilled to announce that our new full-length record, Big Hits!, is out today!
Celebrate the release with us at the Mohawk this Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Big Hits! is the first full-length album released by The Boxing Lesson in five years. It is not a concept album nor does it have political overtones, although it may offer solutions to some personal troubles. It’s more rock-oriented than The Boxing Lesson’s past albums. It is produced by Chris “Frenchie” Smith at The Bubble in Austin, TX, and contains a total of 11 songs. Big Hits! is not a jam-band album. Most tracks are under 4 minutes in length. There are lengthy guitar solos for cosmic relevance, but only in 3 songs. Synthesizers were used extensively but it’s neither new-age nor electronica music. Big Hits! is definitely psychedelic but not in a throw-back 60′s way. It’s recommended to listen to the songs in order, but if shuffled there will be no negative consequences. Multiple listens produce higher levels of understanding.
MAY 16 RELEASE ON FRENCHIE SMITH RECORDS: