Era Vulagris 2

It’s been a while since i’ve seen any album covers that spins my wheels enough that i feel like talking about it. But when Jason Noto, from the very talented and creative Morning Breath Inc sent us the latest QOSTA cover and all the accompanying artwork, i decided i oughta pull my finger out.

I think it’s worth mentioning that QOTSA’s previous album ‘Lullabies To Paralyze’, although a great album, had one of the worst covers i’ve ever laid eyes on. It looked like someone’s friend had a friend, and that friend had a cousin who did “design”,who took a flaccid stab at it.

So it was a relief to see such a badass cover created for ‘Era Vulagaris’. It’s the kind of cover that you’d want on vinyl, even if you didn’t have an LP player, just so you could look at it in a larger format. The font it perfect, the illustrations remind me of 50′s-60′s drive-in food intermission characters (like the ones playing on the screen behind Danny in ‘Grease’ while he’s banging on about that chick Sandy, who he ain’t banging), except these characters are a pair of skeezy burnout hoods bathed in hot pants pink.

Jason was kind enough to fill us in on the how the cover design came about.

“So here’s a little back story of the QOTSA Era Vulgaris package. We have had a working relationship with their management for some time, working with some of the other artist, etc. The groups manager thought we would be a good match for Josh’s mindset and wanted to get us on board with the Era artwork. We sent them samples of some of our more personal work so the band could vibe off of. Their was a page in our book “The Early Bird” that struck a chord with Josh, it was an illustration of a retro advertising style of beer and cigarette characters.”

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“It was at this point that we could share the same appreciation of nostalgia in art, and a sense of fucked up humor. Josh was really into the idea of that bizarre retro vibe and the idea of cute characters that have that underlying purpose of enticing kids to get into fucked up habits. Josh threw a few ideas our way of characters he’d like to see, and we just ran with it. This may be one of the first packages we’ve done that had a true taste of the kind of artwork we love to produce.”

Cast
Roughs

Album back cover and vinyl singles.

package

Inside Packing Poster

Inside Package Poster

Single covers and inserts.

QOTSA single 1
Single Insert 1
QOTSA single 2
Single Insert 2

Massaged fun holes everyone!

QoTSA single 3
Single Insert 3
QOSTA sinlgle 4
Single Insert 4

Queens Of The Stone Age: Era Vulgaris

Era Vulagris 2

It’s been a while since i’ve seen any album covers that spins my wheels enough that i feel like talking about it. But when Jason Noto, from the very talented and creative Morning Breath Inc sent us the latest QOSTA cover and all the accompanying artwork, i decided i oughta pull my finger out.

I think it’s worth mentioning that QOTSA’s previous album ‘Lullabies To Paralyze’, although a great album, had one of the worst covers i’ve ever laid eyes on. It looked like someone’s friend had a friend, and that friend had a cousin who did “design”,who took a flaccid stab at it.

So it was a relief to see such a badass cover created for ‘Era Vulagaris’. It’s the kind of cover that you’d want on vinyl, even if you didn’t have an LP player, just so you could look at it in a larger format. The font it perfect, the illustrations remind me of 50′s-60′s drive-in food intermission characters (like the ones playing on the screen behind Danny in ‘Grease’ while he’s banging on about that chick Sandy, who he ain’t banging), except these characters are a pair of skeezy burnout hoods bathed in hot pants pink.

Jason was kind enough to fill us in on the how the cover design came about.

“So here’s a little back story of the QOTSA Era Vulgaris package. We have had a working relationship with their management for some time, working with some of the other artist, etc. The groups manager thought we would be a good match for Josh’s mindset and wanted to get us on board with the Era artwork. We sent them samples of some of our more personal work so the band could vibe off of. Their was a page in our book “The Early Bird” that struck a chord with Josh, it was an illustration of a retro advertising style of beer and cigarette characters.”

beersmoke

“It was at this point that we could share the same appreciation of nostalgia in art, and a sense of fucked up humor. Josh was really into the idea of that bizarre retro vibe and the idea of cute characters that have that underlying purpose of enticing kids to get into fucked up habits. Josh threw a few ideas our way of characters he’d like to see, and we just ran with it. This may be one of the first packages we’ve done that had a true taste of the kind of artwork we love to produce.”

Cast
Roughs

Album back cover and vinyl singles.

package

Inside Packing Poster

Inside Package Poster

Single covers and inserts.

QOTSA single 1
Single Insert 1
QOTSA single 2
Single Insert 2

Massaged fun holes everyone!

QoTSA single 3
Single Insert 3
QOSTA sinlgle 4
Single Insert 4





18 Comments

  1. The whole package is rock solid. I love the fake vinyl wear on the cover.

  2. enjoyed the article -keep em coming

  3. Thanks for this, I didn't realize there was such intense packaging for this record!

    If you're short of inspiration, I suggest you delve into the graphic arts of Storm Thorgerson.

  4. Speaking of fake vinyl wear on the cover – i'm trying to get this effect on a cover i'm working on at the moment. does anyone have any tips or tutorials as to how to achieve a REALISTIC version of this??

  5. Hey Nicko,
    I hope I don't sound like I'm “crackin' wise” with ya on this, but I've experienced MOST times you're trying to acheive some sort of distressed look, it has benefitted me to take it straight from the source.

    What I mean is, scanning sourcing material and textures as close to what you need is probably gonna get you closer to an “authentic” look and feel as opposed to trying to creat it digitally.

    Why not buy a record for cheap, lay some oversize paper over it, make a rubbing of sorts (with say chalk or pastel) and scan it in? Take it into Photoshop, grab the texture like line art and fill it with white. Lay it over whatever you want to be “distressed”. Try playing with layer blending options, too.

    …Or if you're fortunate enough to find a worn vinyl cover where the texture isn't interrupted by type or design (say a predominantly black or dark colored cover where the texture will show up best), then all you need to do is scan the cover in and toy with it in Photoshop.

    I hope I didn't insult you by over-explaining, I just don't know how skilled and experienced you are with Photoshop.

    Hope this helps,
    Enjoy!

    Morning Breath has some good stuff, by the way…

  6. yeah, this is the option that i was resorting to! i've got an old dark side of the moon cover that has a nice level of wearing on it that i'm just going to overlay on the image.

    thanks for the reply though!

  7. Sounds like the easiest possible solution, dude.
    I wish ya the best!
    Take care.

  8. Thanks for the article, MB does really cool stuff. I checked out their website and they have a book too. What's are they currently working on??

  9. I really like the colour, because it grabs your attention

  10. love the vintage style of the whole package. The inside is much beter than the cover you first see on sight. never judge a book by his cover…

  11. what is your insipation to create this characters and why use this colours.

  12. A friend of mine shot this out of an old magazine in the Downtown Seattle Library. Reminds me of the sketches shown above:

    http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/7899/sleevag

  13. awesome artwork… songs for the deaf was excellent too!

  14. QOTSA se ha caracterizado por tener interesantes portadas, y ''Era Vulgaris'' no podía ser la excepción.

  15. eah
    good

  16. eah
    good

  17. such provocative and captivating covers for albums. really pulls you in.
    suits the band real well.

  18. O/////////O I-I…. I jizz in my pants. I must ccreate some fan art. XD I got a funny comic idea. i’ll link it to this page :3

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