So when asked to be a guest editor for MAGNET, my initial reaction was that my inner 18-year-old self might flip out so much that I might have nary a word to say. However, I persevered and was immediately filled with some of the memories of growing up in the proverbial “sticks” in the ’90s. Starting there and moving forward to the present day, I accumulated a list of people, movies, music, food, poets and other stuff that, although not exhaustive by any extent, it gives an insight into me, my music, the band, inspirations and interests. At the very least I would hope that a few of these things may also be viewed as recommendations that could steer people toward becoming acquainted with a few new people, and things that I find dear. It goes without saying, I appreciate the opportunity to “preach from the pulpit,” so to speak and air my opinion on so many different things. Normally people only care about what I say about my music or music in general, which can get tedious. So thank you, MAGNET, for providing the platform to impose my taste on others. Really and truly, I hope someone finds something in here that they, too, can enjoy.
So Lloyd just did the artwork for our newest album, and he is by far one of my favorite illustrator/designers, which is convenient because he is also my friend. I have known him for more than 10 years and actually went to art school together at the University of Idaho way back in the day. Now Lloyd works on big projects at Wieden+Kennedy here in Portland and amazingly takes the time to whip out some projects for me on a biannual basis. He’s done a ton of our shirt designs as well as seven-inches and our recent cassette boxed set. His work always seems current but not indebted to contemporary design. Instead I appreciate how his stuff seems like it has a personal touch that you could go as far as to say would be idiosyncratic. Lloyd is from Boise and comes from the skateboarding/hardcore/metal school of thought, which is hilarious that he can produce work for my band that is so awesome but completely divergent from his main sensibility. Who knew a guy into gnarly stuff could make such pretty pictures? Check him out online sometime.
Video after the jump.