Rocky Votolato – Hospital Handshakes

I recently had the pleasure of working with Rocky Votolato on the packaging design for his new album Hospital Handshakes. After trying out a few concepts, we ultimately arrived on utilizing a series of photographs of the recording process, taken by Amber Zbitnoff. The album —which was produced by former Death Cab guitarist/producer Chris Walla and recorded at his Seattle studio —

“Evokes images of broken teeth and burned hands, suggesting the arduous career highway Votolato has traveled. Over poppy power chords and unflappable heartbeat drumming, Votolato aims for one gigantic singalong statement and, in the rushing chorus, nails it: I”m not so sure/What matters so much here/Will matter at all in the hereafter.” (Patrick Hosken, Stereogum)

Hospital Handshakes is out 4/21 on No Sleep in the US and Glitterhouse in Europe. Pre-order it here. The Hereafter premiered today on Sternum, listen below.

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