Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Make mine a Mind Drink.

With the double pronged threat of the global financial crisis and global warming there is little doubt people are poorer and thirstier than ever before. What a relief then that there is a product in the beverage market place that comes in a range of exciting sizes and flavours that will cost you absolutely nothing!!

I speak of course of Mind Drink - the hip new imaginary refreshment that is on the cusp of taking the world by storm. You can enjoy a mind drink anywhere, anytime. There are none of those nasty calories, artificial colours, sweeteners, additives, sugar, saturated fats or super poisons in a Mind Drink - that's because there's nothing in it at all! And the best thing about pretend beverages is the savings in overheads, production and transport costs are all passed on to the consumer - so have as much of it as you please and never pay a cent!

Imbibing simulated liquid is only half the fun however. Things get maxed to the extreme when you share your Mind Drink experiences with the fresh and happening young online Mind Drink community. Find out how after the jump!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Acoustic guitars can now be played by beardless guys with shoes.

Below is my poster design for a new tour featuring Joey Cape and Tony Sly from 90s pop punk giants Lagwagon and No Use For A Name respectively- playing accoustic guitars of all things! It's not the first instance of this bizarre syndrome and heavens know what other oddities are headed our way now the dam walls are leaking. Punters have been demanding a Peter and The Test Tube Babies unplugged set for years while The Pan Flutes of G.B.H. is something I could seriously get behind. Of course the punks on acoustic guitars phenomenon was kick started by my old band Nancy Vandal and our raw and moving unplugged number 28 Bands For 28 Bucks at the end of the classic 1996 long player The Debriefing Room. Many critics weren't exactly sure what they were listening to at the time [just as we were a bit vague on what we were supposed to be playing] but suffice to say history now judges us as ahead-of-our-time innovators - as I always assumed we were.

Anyway - Designing a rock poster where the the use of skulls and bats and what not is inappropriate put significant strains on my design prowess. An arty silhouetted photoshop piece with but a hint of past pit-based glories is the end result. Check out the full poster after the jump

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Oh don't worry - I can feel the noize.

So as I've mentioned recently I have started playing in a new band recently. It just seemed the logical thing to do - what with getting old, venues closing and the music I like getting less fashionable by the year. Yet despite my own confidence in the timing of this career move - I do seem to get a fairly standard set of questions after announcing the news to friends and acquaintances. Namely....

Q1: Aren't You too old?
A: Yes.

Q2: Is it a joke band?
A: All bands are joke bands.

Q3: Right - deep. So why the fuck are you doing it?

A: There are a few reasons but one of the main ones is over the past year I have become re-smitten with my first musical love - that being mid to late 70s rock. It was the first music I heard that blew my mind and kicked off that delirious and naive obsessiveness all music fans go through in their formative years. And there was no band that made me more giddily mental than Wolverhampton's finest, Slade.