Posts Tagged ‘CD covers’


December 12, 2011

The old Astronauts recently put out a new three-song EP for which I did this sleeve. If you buy the release you can also get to see the back cover and admire my fine type-setting skills. You might be unable to read the lyrics without a magnifying glass though, they are quite wordy songs.

You can buy the CD at gigs, or download it all here, for only a pound:

The Knoxville Boy

February 15, 2011

Hey here’s some work I did a while back for an album now available, it’s a collaboration between Knox of the punk band the Vibrators and top country-punk band the Trailer Trash Orchestra. As you can see they are quite an orchestra with fiddle, mandolin, double bass, double guitar and drums… pedal-steel not pictured. You can see a larger version of the cover here on my website, even bigger than the real thing.

Songs include some countrified Vibrators classics, new songs and of course an old standard murder ballad.

The album is available from Rough Trade and from online stores including the TTO’s home of Trashville.

Kidnapped By Spacemen

October 31, 2009

I’ve done a few CD covers and flyers over the past few years for a band called the Otters – a shifting group of young musicians and frontman Mark Astronaut, sometime leader of the punk/folk/underground band the Astronauts, and an individual performer with a massive catalogue of songs about alienation, horror and excessive drug use… often delivered in the guise of a disarmingly catchy pop song, blasted out with force and noise.

I’d hope that my style of artwork fits in with the way that accessible music can have a darker side, and how Mark’s disgusted lyrics are transposed with surreal stage antics, this delivery sometimes masking angry subjects… besides the pictures being something pleasant to look at while playing the CD. The new single ‘Melissa’s Party’ was intended for release a few years ago, and I drew a cover for this lurching song about an addled gathering: “no-one talks about the body, it lies around just like a spoilsport”. Maybe the person on the cover is having a lovely time, maybe they’re really out of it.

Kidnapped By Spacemen’ was a bit different – a track of 18 minutes long which caused jaws to drop on its first performance. The band wanted something similarly bold for the artwork, so I used block text and a pattern in the background drifting away like noise:

Songs Beginning With the Letter ‘H’’ made me think of children’s posters teaching the alphabet, so I used a nice rounded font and a simple picture, but put these paranoid characters in a green glow from above… maybe they’re at a rave or maybe it’s a radioactive death cloud.

You can listen to the band on their myspace, and look out for a documentary about Mark in the new year.