This morning I wanted to talk about something cool… sorry NOT effect pedal related, but cool nonetheless. It touches on a couple things for me – Explosions in the Sky who I absolutely love AND band posters.
For those of you not familiar with Explosions in the Sky, they’re a great band from the Texas who build amazing soundscapes and vibe. All instrumental, but can easily tell a story without vocals and send your mind on a journey. They are perfect to listen to on road trips, but if you ever get a chance to see them live, you will truly understand what I’m talking about.
When I was in various bands in the late 90s, band posters were a big thing to me. I loved collecting them early on, and it was a way to document the shows that I was a part of. We use to spend a lot of time creating them, hanging them and hoping that they had an effect to boosting the door count. At this same time, I was really blown away by some professional posters by Art Chantry, Jay Ryan, etc. Posters began taking on their own art form and began to be highly respected.
Now-a-days with Facebook, etc., it seems that local posters are still as important but less effective than they use to be. The art form is still amazing though. So below is a great video of the two things I mentioned above – Explosions in the Sky and poster art. This video shows Dan Grzeca making an amazing poster for the band is a time lapse film showing the process from start to finish. The music is of course is by Explosions in the Sky!
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One of the reasons why I wanted to make this post, is because I love getting stoked on what people are doing out there. Seeing video like this is inspirational and puts a little fire under my ass to go DO something!
Do any of you still create your own posters for shows? What are your thoughts on show posters? Let me know by commenting below.