Asterhouse’s debut video for “Sweet Fragile World,” which is one of two tracks the band contributed to the split LP Four Corners, features delicate dancing paired with imagery of decay and rock ‘n’ roll. The Kenmore-based trio treads paths both maudlin and head-banging on this mid-tempo burner, which combines just the right amount of pop sheen to its hard rocking core.
Lead guitarist Russ Thornburg (unsuccessfully and dementedly) chows down on roses before getting down to business on a shredding, metal solo mid-song. Meanwhile, singer and drummer John Thornburg finger-paints his face white while wearing a black suit, pleading to the camera. Bassist Julio Posada lurks in the shadows under the cover of a large knit hat a la Slash, if Slash wore galoshes.
Interspersed throughout are the graceful moves of Amanda White, ostensibly embodying the “sweet” and “fragile.” Yet the scene is a room draped with curtains, with nary a window to be seen. Branches with wilting leaves and piles of broken roses are scattered about from the floor to the drums along with yards upon yards of cables. The band and White all get down and dirty with this detritus, each in their own way. Director Tenschi Haiku’s camera work flits between the characters, highlighting the intricate nature of both humanity and the physical world.
All in all, this is a good introduction to Asterhouse. “Sweet Fragile World” is a passionately rocking, yet very listenable song. If you like what you hear and see here, Asterhouse is set to play the High Dive on Friday, October 21st, supporting Monsterwatch and Gibraltar. You can find tickets here.