Just signed this beauty off ready for the pressing plant. A re-issue of the “Infamy” album by “The Sharks”. This great album has just been made even better by the addition of extra tracks and remixes. Anybody who knows anything about psychobilly knows this band were there at the birth of psychobilly (if not before) and, I think it’s fair to say, cast the die for what is considered the British psychobilly style both in terms of sound and fashion. Songs like “Take a razor to your head” on Nervous Records epitomised everything generally associated with the genre probably more so than the bass guitar, punky sound of bands like The Meteors, The Cramps and King Kurt who are often cited as the origins of the style from around the same time.
Another Western Star release approved. This time it’s the new CD album from Henry & The Bleeders. I’ve worked on many covers for this great rockabilly band, it seems they’ve been around forever. Some of the songs here are on the recent, limited edition vinyl 10 inch ( “The Beast” ) but this is the full album. Henry & The Bleeders are about to perform their 15th anniversary gig on 30th November in Bedford.
I’ve been a bit quiet the last couple of weeks on the posting front, not because I haven’t done anything but because it’s been so busy! Anyway, I know it’s still August but those of us in this trade know preparations for Christmas start early so here’s the latest artwork out of the gates. A double CD album packed with Christmas themed recordings from the host of rockabilly and psychobilly bands on the internationally renowned Western Star record label. Before you start worrying that the psychos have all ‘gone soft’ you’ll be please to hear the compilation CD includes some festively named treats like “Blotto in the Grotto”, “Psycho Ho Ho” and “Freaky Tikki Christmas”. I think you get the picture!!
No rest for the wicked! A new month and new CD packaging sorted out for Western Star. This time for a new band on the label and a new band on my radar (that’s a lot of “new” in one sentence!). The Strays sound just my cup o’tea!! …
“The Strays are pushing rock ‘n’ roll to it’s limit, fusing a multitude of genres to create a unique modern sound with a gritty, vintage edge. Described as No Doubt meets Imelda May, The Strays performance style is larger than life, interactive, and deliciously unpredictable.”
Can’t wait to hear this!
I absolutely love the illustration work The Retrobaits provided for this new album about to be released on the Western Star label. My involvement in the packaging for this one was relatively minor (as opposed to the relative minor which is always a lovely chord to drop in for effect!) mainly knocking supplied artwork into the required formats for the pressing plant and making sure colours will reproduce well across the the differing print processes used for the final product.
I love how tight and neo-rockabilly this band are with very clean production, they often remind me of those fantastic neo-rockabilly bands I grew up on like Restless and The Nitros .