If you are a Today Is The Day fan, you don’t need me to remind you that the Temple Of The Morning Star is turning 20 this year and that there is a deluxe reissue of the album in multiple formats (such as vinyl and digital) that was just released. I feel obligated to inform you, however, that we have an exclusive video of the band’s leader Steve Austin talking about his studio Austin Enterprise Recording & Mastering, some history about the studio and his personal recording philosophy, only right here on Gear Gods.

Says Today Is The Day’s founder and visionary Steve Austin,

“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.”

He continues, “Feeling kicked out and pushed out by everyone, 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.”

Steve is also the subject of the recent documentary entitled The Man Who Loves To Hurt Himself, an Anthony Short film that takes a look at the frontman’s 25+ year career as a musician. It explores how he balances life with his artist passions and the undeniable effect his fans express to him about the life-altering meaning his music has had on them. The documentary was filmed throughout the U.S. over the course of 2 years, with Short – like a fly on the wall – listening to Steve Austin’s innermost thoughts and questions about life. It’s a stream of consciousness.. a guide through Austin’s mind… a first-person account. If you were to have your life flash before your eyes right before you die… this film is what Steve Austin might see about himself.

The film was selected to screen at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in NICE May 13-20. Anthony Short has been nominated for Best Director and Best New Filmmaker.

So check out the video and the reissued album – when exactly? Oh right – TODAY.

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