Pale Horses is the title of mewithoutYou's highly anticipated sixth album, which will be released on June 16th by Run for Cover Records. As always, the record's artwork is centered around a series of illustrations by Vasily Kafanov, with imagery and tones that echo the gritty, darker themes of the music. I worked directly alongside the band's singer Aaron Weiss, and manager Mike Almquist, to design & lay out the packaging for the record. The pre-orders just launched at midnight last night, and you can order a standard edition LP, CD or cassette from Run For Cover Records. Or, for the collectors is a Limited Deluxe 2xLP + 2 CD Edition which comes packaged in an intricately die-cut triple-gatefold jacket. It also includes a poster, lyric booklet, and postcard set of additional artwork from Vasily. As proud as I've always been to collaborate with this group of individuals, the songs on this record are unlike any of theirs before. I think their loyal fanbase will be very excited to hear nods to the band's earlier records, but also Aaron's lyrics reaching a new, unchained individuality. I've included the album's teaser video below the product mockups.
FUTURALBUM is a collaborative album art design project created by Troy DeShano. Troy invited me to contribute re-imagined cover art for any album of my choosing, with simple but strict restraints for the design: Use only images from Flickr Internet Archive Book Images, and use Futura only for all type. For my contribution, I decided to re-design Things We Lost in the Fire by Low. I've been seeing Low concerts for over a decade, and being one of their classic records, "Fire" was an obvious choice for me. Pulling inspiration from the opening song Sunflower, I also used a similar color palette that's on the real cover of the album. My piece was posted today, see it here.
My old friends in Caravels recently announced that they'll be going on hiatus, and earlier this month I flew to Las Vegas to catch their last show in America. On the bright side, before they go out, they'll put out one more release: a split with Baltimore's Octaves, and both bands are currently touring together in Europe. The split comes out next week (1/27) via Topshelf & Bridge 9 Records. The artwork is centered around a series of architectural photographs taken by George Foskaris, Caravels' drummer, and I lent a small hand helping him with the package design. I also screen-printed a small run of special-edition covers for the tour-pressing of the record, which is currently available on the European tour, on black vinyl. You can stream the entire release, below.
This is the cover for Dietrich Strause's new album Little Stones to Break the Giants Heart. It was produced by my friend Austin Nevins, who plays guitar in Josh Ritter's Royal City Band. He hired me to collaborate with his brother, grammy nominated artist Peter Nevins. Peter printed a series of linolium-block prints, which we then colored and assembled together for the final package. It comes out on October 22nd!
The next gig-poster I'll be printing up is this one for Cloud Nothings' show next month at the Beachland Ballroom, with Two Hand Fools and Protomartyr. I collaborated with my friend Nick Spolarich, who illustrates all of the band's merchandise. Nick did tons of little illustrations with pencil, and then I assembled them into the full design. They'll be two-color silk-screened on French's Blu Raspberry Pop-Tone paper. Nick & I will be selling the posters at the merch table at the event, they'll be very limited so come grab one! Click the image to enlarge.
Gennadiy is a new documentary film from my friends, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning creators of Blood Brother. I first learned of the new project back in February, when Danny & Steve asked for my help to create some initial materials for the film.
The story follows Gennadiy, who works through the political system as an activist, and he runs an orphanage, but the system doesn’t work fast enough for him—or for the thousands of street kids who live in his city of Mariupal, Ukraine, most of whom are addicted to a lethal cocktail of injected cold medicine and alcohol. So at night, he goes on raids for the lost children in the ruins of this empire.
The project is currently being funded on Kickstarter, and they need your help! You'll also get plenty of great rewards in return for your contribution. Watch a trailer blow, and consider donating.
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Having been a featured designer last year, I'm very proud to be a sponsor of this year's Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. WMC Fest is the premier art, design, and music event in the Midwest. Now in its fourth year, 1,200+ attendees will descend upon Cleveland for three days in August to see 20 speakers, 20 designers, and over 30 bands. Creative professionals, entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, students, and fans will gather to learn, get inspired, collaborate, network, and celebrate together. Running August 16 through 18, this year’s Weapons of Mass Creation will feature over 70 performances and will include inspiring talks on topics such as graphic design, art, entrepreneurship, leadership, productivity and creativity. Jaw-dropping art and design shows will highlight both local and regional talent including album art, t-shirt design, typography, poster art, toy design, fashion design and illustration.
Today, mewithoutYou premiered their official music video for February, 1878. If you watch closely, you'll see a good handful of projects I worked on, scattered throughout the video. I even make a small appearance around 1:25, as I spent a couple of days on the road with them last March, working directly to speed up the design process. The band is currently offering an HD download of the video, in exchange for donations. Stream the video below:
This is the new music video for Donora's song Float Away, directed by my friend Thom Glunt. I've worked with Thom plenty of times over the years, and he asked me to come-up with a type-treatment for the video. He wanted something quirky that would be carved into a tree; fitting for the camping-aesthetic of the video. See my original mock-up, and the video below. [Also: See my past post about Ramona Falls' "Spore", another video of Thom's that I worked on.]
The next installment of The Mylene Sheath's Test-Press contest series has been long overdue. Next up is I am Your Bastard Wings by Eksi Ekso. Originally released in 2008, the label held a contest to redesign the artwork, the winner has their artwork screen-printed and gets one of the test-pressings of the record. My good buddy Brian Stowell won the contest with his artwork, and I printed it with two-colors on French Speckletone paper.