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 .
Western Star compilation now off to the pressing plant for Halloween release. “Sounds from the Haunted Jukebox – Songs that go bump in the night” compilation CD features 24 rockabilly and psychobilly recordings from the Western Star Recording Studio all based on the darker side of the labels output. Songs about werewolves, demons, witches, vampires and zombies. Just my sort of thing. I got full reign over this packaging job including the illustration work which is great because the meeting of rock ‘n’ roll and horror pretty much sums up the pursuits of my whole life!
I have just been repackaging this classic EP from “The Sharks” for a re-release on the Trophy record label on 45RPM vinyl. I remember getting the “Phantom Rockers” LP from Andy’s Records back in the day and it was the first time I’d come across the style that I have called psychobilly ever since. Yes, there was The Meteors and Cramps but the whole headshaving, ripped jeans super fast bass slapping thing was just an awesome modification to the whole rock ‘n’ roll thing I already loved. Another fine release to be involved with