Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
Legendary extreme experimental band Today Is The Day has released a video for their acoustic version of the classic “Temple Of The Morning Star” song. The title track is featured on the recent 20th-anniversary edition of the album of the same name.
Band mastermind Steve Austin commented:
“‘Temple Of The Morning Star‘ was made late at night alone in an industrial warehouse that my studio was in. I was homeless and living there just trying to survive. No family, no love. I had broken up with my girlfriend, and my life was in a fast downward spiral that I was living through. I had been listening a lot to Shake with John McLaughlin.
I was impressed with the ultra fast middle eastern acoustic guitar playing. I wrote the song in a stream of conscious. When it was complete, I decided that the track would be the theme for the record. I was in pain, filled with loneliness and anger.
Feeling kicked out and pushed out by everyone and I needed something to relate to. ‘Temple Of The Morning Star‘ was a declaration of freedom and independence that made it clear that I will not compromise myself or the things I believe in for acceptance from anyone. You have to be yourself, even when it hurts.”