As mentioned previously, Wolf People guitarist Joe Hollick is not only a super shredder; he’s also, in a sense, Wolf People’s art director, designing the band’s album art and flyers. For the singles compilation, Tidings, released on Jagjaguwar earlier this year, Hollick made miniature paper models of vintage amplifiers. The authenticity and detail are unbelievable.
For the band’s full-length debut, Steeple, due Oct. 12 on Jagjaguwar (Oct. 11 in the UK), Hollick went a different, more abstract, more experimental route. He worked with glass and acrylics to try and achieve the earthy themes of the record. I’ll let Hollick himself talk about it (below). First, take a gander at the cover above and look close for the little blood orange steeple in there.
From the desk of Joe Hollick, discussing the process and inspiration behind the artwork for Steeple:
“I tried to do something illustrative orginally, but it just wasn’t working, as soon as I try and illustrate something it tends to start looking like a pastiche, as if I’m blatantly trying to attach imagery to the music, forcing it. I don’t class myself as an artist in the slightest so it was quite a push to get things going. I also got really fed up with computers, I like using them for the output stage of things, but for creating in them I find them hard work. Much of my day job involves the damned things, so any chance outside of that to go a bit mad and get my hands dirty is welcomed. I would never ever get a chance to work like this elsewhere so I wanted to try something new.