Au Pair's Gary Louris and Django Haskins Perform "One-Armed Candy Bear" — Exclusive Video

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive video by Au Pair, a new project featuring Gary Louris of the Jayhawks and Django Haskins of the Old Ceremony.

In the new clip, which you can check out below, the duo is performing the title track from their debut album, One-Armed Candy Bear, which will be released this Friday, November 13, via Sham/Thirty Tigers.

The album is a balance between the two performers' songcraft and cheeky experimentation, including body percussion, feedback loops, avant guitar and Krautrock touches.

"I look like I'm going to be swallowed up by Django's sofa as we strum and sing," says Louris of the video. "It is apparent to me as we sit in his living room the ease and comfort we have as friends and collaborators.

"And then there is the official video for 'In Every Window' (below). What kind of guitars are we playing in that one? Well, they are, um, well, they are made of cardboard. I love the sound of cardboard guitars—the way the thin layers of paper resonate the subtle tones of the drawn-on strings and pickups. I play a '67 Georgia Pacific and Django plays an Eighties Weyerhauser."

"'One-Armed Candy Bear' is based around a swampy riff, but as the song goes on, more dissonant and angular guitar parts come into it," Haskins adds. "It's pretty straightforward lyrically, in that it's all about the same seedy character and his international exploits."

One-Armed Candy Bear is available for pre-order via iTunes. (opens in new tab)

For more about Au Pair, follow the pair on Facebook.

Photo: Matt Carter

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.