When asked to design the album layout to the follow up of "Road Maps and Heart Attacks", I asked what the name of the new album was. Drop Out of Life. The answer was simple. YEAR BOOK. I bought over 20 year books and cut and glued the best photos to make pages. Each page has pictures from different decades, spanning from the 50's to the 2000's and collaged to make it look like 1 singular yearbook. I also went through the book and found a bunch of shots of kids by themselves, and really just looking unhappy. Which is weird that they would publish those shots in a year book anyway. The band went to a local high school and snuck in and took various shots jumping the fence, smoking week in the bathroom, and hanging out drinking 40's under the bleachers. I asked the band to ask different friends to handwrite a song's lyrics per person, as if they were signing the yearbook. They also had friends do doodles that we also incorporated into the booklet. Singer, Pete, cleaned out their van and sent me a massive envelope of postcards, laminates, coins, hotel keys, mix tapes, air fresheners, love letters, and other things accumulated while on the road touring. Instead of photoshopping everything. I laid them out on a big table and photographed it. The outside of the digi pack (cover and back) is actually gold foil stamped and embossed, giving it that legit yearbook look and feel. This is conceptually my favorite album design to date and super honored and proud of the outcome.
Concept of the debut of Mozart Season for Equal Vision came from 2 movies. The first is Nightmare On Elm Street with Freddy coming through the wall and reaching out for Nancy. The second film, is the teaser trailer for the Dawn of the Dead remake. It was all white and then zombies came out of nowhere trying to break through what was supposed to look like a screen in the theatre. Combined both of those elements and presto. The text and liner notes are all my handwriting and printed as a UV gloss, to really play off the NIGHTMARE concept
One of the most high pressure projects I have ever taken. Late one night, I got an email from pal, and new Found guitarist, Chad Gilbert, showing me the cover of their album. The artist of Sticks and Stones was the one who did it. Chad and artist, were having a tough time figuring out how to place the logo. I gave my two cents, and band liked it. The artist decided to back out, because another designer touched it. I was asked to step up and come up with a new fresh take, in a matter of hours. I was on the phone with him and Steve, cranking out covers and listening to new songs, until 4am. They knew they wanted to feature a brain throughout the entire album.
My concept was to sort of give the fan 2 layouts in 1. The idea was that your brain was all out of whack. So I used bright colors that would stimulate the brain and senses. I took photos, and made them one color, and then took another photo and flipped it upside down and then overlayed it. So while, you think you're seeing one thing, you flip it upside down and see another. I was a bit concerned if fans would react or notice this. So my solution was to feature 2 songs/ lyrics per page. Putting one rightside, and the other upside down. So you turn it to read it, and MIND BLOWN. I took a lot of photos from old medical books I have for the background and rest of the layout. I mixed that with musical instruments. Radiosurgery was a form of treatment through music and sound. So I did my best to incorporate both,. i also tried to put in the brain and bolts every chance I could. The idea was influenced by Green Day "Warning" mixed with "Nimrod".