The clip was directed by his son, ZZ Satriani, who directed the 2018 documentary Past the Supernova about his father’s 2016 and 2017 excursions. Along with footage from the studio, the video additionally options materials shot on a soundstage as they try to recapture the temper of the titular yr.
“The yr that American Gigolo, The Shining, Raging Bull and Caddyshack got here out, I simply needed to rock,” Satriani mentioned. “‘Nineteen Eighty’ is my high-energy, throwback instrumental soundtrack to that yr.”
Satriani beforehand mentioned he wrote “Nineteen Eighty” to sound like his first band, the Squares. That group “dialed again the guitar solos and histrionics to attempt to create a cooler New Wave vibe.”
However the guitarist additionally put sufficient flash in there to pay tribute to one in all his guitar heroes on the time. “I’ve all the time been an enormous fan of Eddie Van Halen,” he mentioned. “In my thoughts, he simply crystallized that period. The late ‘70s and early ‘80s — he form of saved rock guitar. In order that’s what I’d have been doing.”
Shapeshifting arrives on April 10. 5 days after its launch, Satriani will start a 42-date European tour that runs till June 11. U.S. dates are anticipated to be introduced quickly.
Final yr noticed the discharge of a group of demos by the Squares, a trio comprised of Satriani, singer Andy Milton and drummer Jeff Campitelli. “We’d usher in components of previous rock ‘n’ roll, punk, New Wave, heavy steel, basic rock, nearly all the things you might consider,” Satriani recalled to UCR on the time.