I grew up studying liner notes and making mixtapes. We used to host punk shows at the community center in my hometown when we were 13 years old. I can't really describe how rewarding it was to be part of a community like that. When my bands started making music, it was natural for me to make drawings on the cds that we burned, and photocopy some weird collage to go with it.
I started the "label" in college, basically just to put out my music and the music of my friends. It is still that, and we still try to make every release special with an extremely limited budget just like when we were 13.
Queen Jesus began as King God, the solo endeavor of my friend Pat Brier. He changed the name because there is another dude making music as "King God" and we received hilarious lawsuit threats. I worked very closely with Pat with these releases, and his personality and even some of his handwriting shines through. This cassette tape was a 3-color screen print job and we only made 100. He probably has about 40 left.
The album art for the second release was derived from a sketch Pat did on a napkin #paulascher. We wanted it to look kind of 70's or something because Pat is obsessed with Neil Young. Listen to "Drop D" and watch the music video.
Address are a no-bullshit punk band. Their drummer, Justin, was interested in how your brain loses synapses as you age, so we pulled some medical illustrations and used two colors.
Cave People is the seemingly woodland-inspired music of Dave Tomaine. Dave is also in a classic rock cover band called Scumbag Petty. For the cassette tape, Older, we pulled from the folky imagery of his music and thought deeply about chopping down trees to count the rings. This particular release was done in collaboration with my friend Andrew Shearer.