Alternative rock pioneers JANE’S ADDICTION recently filmed a video for the song “Underground” off the band’s latest album, “The Great Escape Artist”. Shot with director Robert Hales (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, NINE INCH NAILS, BRITNEY SPEARS, MILEY CYRUS, KID ROCK) in Los Angeles at the club Fais Do-Do, originally a speakeasy from the 1920s with a New Orleans ambience, the clip shows frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins, along with Chris Chaneyon bass performing while a cast of vaudevillian characters lurk around the dark, smoky setting.
“JANE’S ADDICTION perform in a Los Angeles brothel built in the 1920s,” singer Perry Farrell tells Spinner.com of the concept. “There are Siamese Gargoyles, séances, card games and a man in a white fedora who was also on the cover of ‘In Through The Out Door’. People get made love to and murdered in the backrooms while the band plays on.”
An explicit version of the video will debut at Playboy.com this Friday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m. EST.
“The Great Escape Artist” sold around 24,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart.
“The Great Escape Artist” is JANE’S ADDICTION‘s first all-new studio effort since 2003’s “Strays”, which opened with more than 110,000 units to enter the chart at No. 4.
“The Great Escape Artist” is only JANE’S ADDICTION‘s fourth album of original material in 20 years. Like other bands that have reunited in recent years such as BLINK-182, the members of JANE’S ADDICTION recorded a lot of the album in separate studios. Drummer Stephen Perkins told The Pulse Of Radio why this worked in JANE’S‘ favor. “Back in the day, we spent all our time together playing,” he said. “Now we have a big pie. JANE’S is just a slice of that pie. But we still want to work and be efficient musicians, so hey, you can’t make it to Burbank, you’re in Santa Monica? I’ll send you the tracks, let’s get to work. So it is still just as raw and as emotional as being in the same room together, but it also lets, I guess, a more efficient way of making the record nowadays that we have different things going on in our life.”
The current JANE’S ADDICTION lineup features original members Stephen Perkins, Perry Farrell on vocals and Dave Navarro on guitar.
Although founding bassist Eric Avery initially returned to the band when it reactivated in 2009, he quit the following year.
Dave Sitek of TV ON THE RADIO played bass on and co-produced the new record, while Chris Chaney has returned as touring bassist.
Ex-GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan also contributed to the album and has songwriting credits on three songs.