The Blue Stones Show the 'Battle Within Yourself' In 'Black Holes (Solid Ground)' Video: Premiere

The Blue Stones
Sam Shapiro

The Blue Stones

The Blue Stones wanted to accomplish a couple of things with the video for their single "Black Holes (Solid Ground)," premiering exclusively below from the Canadian duo's debut album Black Holes.

"We wanted to put out a performance video," says guitarist singer-guitarist, Tarek Jafar, who formed the Blue Stones seven years ago with drummer Justin Tessier in Windsor, Ont. "We felt like this is the first time people are going to get a look at Justin and myself, the Blue Stones, in a 'professional' music video, so we wanted people to get a look at who we are." At the same time, however, Jafar and Tessier "wanted to make sure it wasn't a run of the mill performance video," which meant not only dramatic, sci-fi style lighting but also a narrative about a man hooked up to a machine that forces him to shock himself.

"It's the perfect representation of a battle within yourself," explains Jafar. "Jason (Lester, the clip's director) put it into a story that's easy to understand and relate to. It really ties into the theme we wanted for the video."

The Black Holes album comes after two previous EPs, its 11 tracks mining rock influences both classic (Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones) and contemporary (the Black Keys, the White Stripes), with a keen knack for hooks. "It feels good to have it out," Jafar says. "We were getting lots of questions from fans who had heard our music before -- 'Where is everything? When's an album coming out?' It's hard to tell them, 'Be patient. It'll finally come out.' So it's nice to be able to say, 'Hey, the albums out. Please go listen to all these tracks we worked so hard on.'" And while the Blue Stones have been vested in touring to promote Black Holes since its Oct. 26 release, including a run of holiday radio station concerts during December, Jafar and Tessier are also plotting a return to the studio early in the new year to start working on their sophomore full-length.

"We're constantly writing music," Jafar says, "so it's definitely part of our plan to get some of our new song ideas down. It's funny how it works; The minute we released the album, I'm looking at Justin and going, 'Alright, man, let's get back in there.' There's so much we want to do. It never really ends."