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Wolves in the Throne Room Screenprint and Taint poster

for those that didn’t make it to the gig, here’s one of the screenprinted posters for the Wolves show. I’ll put these up for sale on my website in a sec, so go grab one!

I’ve also just designed a poster for the next fatout show (not including the one tonight, which everyone should go to), featuring the rather thundering Taint, with support from Manatees and Loss Leader.

Here’s the pencil sketch I used to make this:

Currently listening to:  Miles Davis – Aura

Remember Remember

Here’s a new poster I’ve just designed for another Fat Out show in June. Remember Remember is Graeme Ronald from Glasgow, signed to the city’s respected Rock Action label. They have this to say about him:

Remember Remember has been playing elaborately staged shows in and around the city for the past few years and has been producing some of the most epic-sounding and ambitious music we’ve heard in a long time.

If you’re a fan of the likes of Mice Parade, Animal Collective or Bjork along with artists such as Philip Glass, Brian Eno and Yann Tiersen then you really should take the time to check out his work.

Expect to hear new music from him in 2010 following on from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. He is one of the most talented and imaginitive artists we’ve had the pleasure to work with and are really excited at the prospect of getting new material off him.

It’s looking like a good show already, but more bands are to be confirmed soon.

It actually looks pretty sweet just with block colours as well:

Wolves In The Throne Room Poster

Here we go, one hell of an extreme metal showdown from Fat Out Till You Pass Out. Giants of the UK black metal scene Wolves In The Throne Room will be joined by Wodensthrone, a black metal outfit from Sunderland who have been at the receiving end of a lot of buzz since the release of their huge 2009 album ‘Loss’. Check out the numerous and glowing reviews here!  Also playing will be Cloaca from Ipswich/London, the new project of Atavist’s Chris Naughton.

Should be an epic and immersive night! You can get cheaper advance tickets at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/75894

here’s the flyer, this will be available as a big and beautiful screenprint on the night and off my website in due time:

Currently Listening to: Grails

Upcoming Fat Out Show Flyers/Posters

I’ve recently been designing some flyers for my good friends Emma and Vez, otherwise known as promoters Fat Out Til You Pass Out, and there’s some sweet gigs coming up. I’m going to make some prints of these designs, probably using a mixture of lino cut and screenprinting, which will be available to own in exchange for cash if you manage to get to the gigs.

The designs are obviously suppossed to compliment the sort of music being played and the image relates in some way to the headline acts. Emma said she didn’t want any crazy psychedelic designs where the text is incorporated into the image, and I know she definitely doesn’t want anything that’s really kooky or deliberately odd.

One of the bigger shows coming up is the Master Musicians of Bukkake, who are an insane collection of musicians based in Seattle. The band includes members of some truly legendary bands, most notably Earth and Sun City Girls. They whip up shamanic droning mantras that seek to genuinely synthesise influences from west and east, combining dustbowl folk instrumentation, noise/drone elements, ritualistic percussion and obscure chants.

Although some see this sort of music as westerners dabbling in a bit of eastern exotica, I think when done well it can be seen within a more interesting tradition of experimentation. They seem very influenced by Gamelan, a form of music that originated in Indonesia and has proved inspirational to many of the 20th century’s most significant musical minds, including Cage, Bartók, Reich, Boulez…..King Crimson and so on. I’m really excited for this show; the music’s gonna be amazing and it’s Fat Out’s first gig at Islington Mill, which is always a great place to see bands, and shall hopefully be host to a good crowd on the night.

Here’s the flyer:

The illustration was done as a pencil drawing which I scanned in and finished up on the trusty GIMP.  The image depicts some kind of transcendental experience, where one’s ascension to freedom is not necessarily seen as contradictory to one’s rootedness in physical existence, symbolised by the snakes (which crawl on the earth) and the plant (which grows from within it). Obviously the image is about the false distinction between man and nature:  if you see them as separate, the image will probably have negative connotations, but if you see them all as one entity, such worries tend to disappear.

The next show was initially going to have The Death of Her Money headlining, so I prepared this idea, which relates to the band’s name:

This is about the decline of empire in the post WWII period, specifically relating to when hundreds of Royal Navy ships were scuttled or sold to other countries due to economic hardship and our navy for the first time since the 18th century gave up it’s position of global dominance. The moon is waning, again emphasising ‘the death of her money’.

The gig now has a new headliner in the shape of Ala Muerte, and thus, a new image (click on it for fullsize):

Muerte means death, and the phrase ala muerte kinda makes me think of ‘a la carte’, so this is literally just a meeting between death and food. This is a deer skull that lives in our garden,  which I set up a while ago with some fruit to do a time-lapse series of photographs.

I think animal skulls are always interesting to look at, and I think its funny that when you strip the head down to its bare functionality it always seems hideous or scary, as if the things that people find appealing or cute or attractive about animals and each other is merely surface; skin, eyes, hair, fur, clothes. Everyone likes to think that metaphorically it’s what inside that counts etc etc, and yet the giblets and meat and bones that fill us are usually a source of disgust rather than celebration. It’s also interesting to ask carnivores whether they would eat human meat, and in their reactions you can see flash past every superstitious justification to not do so, based solely on a distinction between ‘us’ and ‘them’. When you put an animal skull on a platter is ceases to represent pain or death, but rather food, feasting and enjoyment…. you just wonder how many people would enjoy the feast with human skulls scattered around. When Peter Greenaway’s 1989 classic The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover was released, there was outrage at the film’s ending and it was subsequently released with an X rating or not released at all. As you may know the film ends with The Thief being forced to tuck into the cooked corpse of the Lover, which is rolled out ceremonially like a hog roast. This is  a perfectly choreographed and powerful scene which serves huge allegorical purpose within the film, and actually, I don’t even find it distasteful at all and don’t see why it should be so shocking to people. It seems to me that those who refuse to engage with imagery or content about supposedly shocking or distasteful topics like death or sex are really just refusing to engage with life.

Anyway, I’ll be turning these into prints which will hopefully find their way up here soon.

Currently listing to: Master Musicians of Bukkake – The Visible Sign of the Invisible Order (DOWNLOAD)