As arguably the heaviest track on the Brevet's latest album — frontman Aric Chase Damm calls it "a conversation with the Grim Reaper, or God" — "All You Need to Know" was ripe for a special video treatment. And that's just what Damm and the rest of the California troupe feels it got with Sarah Wilson Thacker's clip for the track, premiering exclusively below.
"She happened to be over in London at the time and came up with a concept and developed a storyline," Damm tells Billboard about the video, in which a Victorian-like female figure comes to a home, leaving an older, mother figure behind while taking a younger, son-like man out of the mortal coil. "It's about how she's going to take someone, if you will, and she's saying, 'You really did nothing with your life. I'm looking for you to do more before I take you'," Damm explains. "And there's an element that you never know when your time will come, so you have to live life to the fullest instead of always wondering, 'What if I did X, Y or Z…'
"I gave Sarah that (idea) and we kind of let her run with it and interpret it. And she did a really great job with it."
The "All You Need To Know" video comes as the Brevet hits the road again, with the Unlikely Candidates, to continue supporting its October release LEGS. Nearly six months later Damm is still happy with the album on all levels. "I really think it's by far our most honest record for me, personally," says Damm — including one song, "Gateway Drug," inspired by his marriage. He's also pleased with the way the Brevet sounds this time out.
"This album is much more, if you will, rock than our previous stuff, which was more acoustic guitar-driven or piano-driven," Damm says, adding that it's also impacted what he's been writing since finishing LEGS. "That kind of opened the door for me, like there's no 'right' way anymore. So we're just continuing and being creative and working hard and exploring new soundscapes — and not being afraid of it. It's a very exciting time we're in with the band right now."
The Brevet's upcoming tour dates include:
April 4 – Ames, IA – Maintenance Shop April 5 – Sioux Falls, SD – Bigs Bar April 6 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry April 7 – Chicago, IL – Schubas April 9 – Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs April 11 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade April 12 – Washington D.C. – Pearl Street Warehouse April 13 – Philadelphia, PA – MilkBoy April 15 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Café April 17 – Nashville, TN – The Basement April 18 – Knoxville, TN – Open Chord April 19 – Atlanta, GA – Purgatory at The Masquerade April 20 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre (Second Stage)