Friday, August 29, 2014
LOW BOTTOMS zine
8.5" x 5.5" B&W photocopy zine, LOW BOTTOMS is a collaborative/split effort between GIVE UP and RYAN TAYLOR.
after some number of years of friendship and doing design work for ryan's various bands (TEN CROWNS, THE BURDEN, BLACK COFFEE, etc), it was proposed that we do something together slightly more tangible. or at least something that was less a commissioned design and more a representation of GIVE UP art working in tandem with RYAN TAYLOR writing. the result being this 28 page zine.
featuring 11 new tracts of personal history and catharsis, interspersed with visuals designed to flow both independently as well as in context. all assembled in traditional GIVE UP form - all original content, all cut 'n paste by hand, no photoshop - and housed in a grey card cover.
as a final tribute to the GIVE UP/RYAN TAYLOR history of art and sound, as well as adding a final layer of collaborative cohesion to the project, the zine also features a downloadable audio track. with spoken word representations by ryan of his respective poems accompanied by meandering sound and instrumentation by GIVE UP aural side project HORDERS.
zine is limited to a numbered physical print edition of 50 and marks the first non-cassette release from SISSTER SSOUND. the audio is posted now and available to stream/download for FREE from both the SISSTER SSOUND BANDCAMP and HORDERS BANDCAMP pages. once the physical copies of the zines have sold out the respective bandcamp pages will change to a free stream/pay download.
available for purchase now in the GIVE UP WEBSTORE.
all worlds colliding, all worlds getting smaller. chris from MINE, HANG THE BASTARD, CULT CULTURE, etc asked me to do a poster for an upcoming show he booked with ROT IN HELL and CARRION SUNFLOWER. if you aren't familiar with any of these already then just keep scrolling - at this point i've done a fair amount of artwork for each mentioned. of course with previous histories with all of them i was excited to do it. already had the visual concept but no destination anyway, working in text was easy enough. a little jealous that this one's in london though. as that would be a bit of a trek for me. from what i've been told this will be a rare 4-piece acoustic set from ROT IN HELL. as well as one of the first CARRION SUNFLOWER shows where he'll be performing with a full band. click image to enlarge.
canadian homie cody dewald (WITHDRAWAL, etc) hit me up about doing a shirt design for his new band MORTALITY RATE. haven't had a lot of extra time lately, and they didn't have anything recorded yet when we first spoke, but i knew they wouldn't disappoint and i couldn't say no. their tarot card inspired design idea was solid too and i was stoked on the concept. demo just went live on bandcamp a couple of days ago now - fast, pissed, female-fronted hardcore. and i'm pretty sure if they haven't left for tour yet then they will be shortly. kind of been dropping the ball with this whole internet thing, but i'm sure google can tell you cities/dates. click the photo for an enlarged view, click the hyperlinks to stream/download music.
CHAOS IN TEJAS/540 RECORDS) booked the austin date of this ANDY STOTT / DEMDIKE STARE / MILLIE & ANDREA package and asked me to do a poster for it. i honestly wasn't familiar with any of them, but i was excited to once again do something design oriented outside of the realm of metal/hardcore/punk/etc. though, admittedly, my style visually doesn't really change that much with respect to genre. click image for a larger view.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
made a POST a couple months ago with details from the art and layout i did for the new ROT IN HELL "ruined empire" collection LP. not only is the band incredible and incredibly prolific, but they also have their limited merchandising game turned up way past 11. i recently received a box with the limited smoke colored vinyl of the record, a test press in a screen printed cover, and a mess of other stuff. the cd version came from the equally enigmatic GROT label and has the same art/layout at the LP, save for being in CD format and with one extra panel in the booklet. the cassette version is the same and came in a cool VHS style box that i'd never seen before. the package also contained slipmats with the re-worked 4R logo i did for them and the circle of paws image from the back cover of the album. and finally some embroidered patches, enamel pins, and a shirt. it's been a real pleasure working on so many different projects with ROT IN HELL over the years. with how much time and effort might go into any individual piece of art, it's really nice to see how many miles they're able to get out of any of it as well.
got a chance to hang out with BARRY ELKANICK while he was installing his show at FAREWELL in austin. barry may be better known in certain circles for his bands BACK TO BACK and STAGNANT YOUTH, as well as his collage work. but the show at FAREWELL is this first time he's exhibiting his paintings. show opened last saturday and will run through the month for anyone in the austin area.