All art by Joxen, find on Instagram here (@joxen).
Grayson Hamm: “Our album art was a big concern for us because for one, we didn’t know exactly who we wanted to create it and two, who would be in love with the idea of five-single covers and an EP cover as well. We got together with an artist named Joxen out of Tulsa and described the theme behind each single and the EP as a whole. He was into the idea and started creating covers over the next five months. Each cover took longer than we anticipated and hoped for, but when we would receive each work of art we all thoroughly enjoyed the piece. The inspiration behind each single cover and the EP as a whole is really hard for us to say where it came from. We gave Joxen free reign to express the visual elements of the music.
We gave him demo tracks of all the songs for inspiration. I felt I could give him a better understanding of the music if he just listened to the tracks as opposed to me trying to describe each song to him over the phone. Even though it was a rocky road with getting artwork on time we did come out with solid artwork, which we are grateful for. I would say the biggest theme for the artworks would be abstractness - we did not want to immediately give away the meaning of the songs through the artwork but instead take an abstract route, an opened ended theme, giving us a product that is visually and aesthetically pleasing.”
Walt Blythe: “Each artwork is different in its own but all connected through similar techniques and balanced schemes in the pieces used. Joxen used individual pieces of random objects scanned into Photoshop. Over the course of the project, he used things such as old passports, real flowers, cut up and burnt paper, matchbooks, magazine cutouts, paint streaks, and ticket stubs. A similar theme in all the artworks is the spray-painted finger streaks.
Weirdly enough this is my favorite part that occurs throughout. It has such a serious emotion built into a simple but unique part. What drew us to Joxen from the start is the ability to identify his work solely through his physical drawing style and handwriting - the way he wrote our name and the titles of each song resonated well with us and ties to the theme as a whole.”
10/06 – Fort Smith, AR – Hero’s
10/20 – Austin, TX – Oskar Blues Brewery
10/22 – Denton, TX – Backyard on Bell
10/26 – Wichita, KS – Barleycorn’s
10/28 – Lincoln, NE – 1867 Bar
10/29 – Lawrence, KS – Replay Lounge
11/02 – Memphis, TN – Growlers
11/03 – Nashville, TN – The Crying Wolf
11/08 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
11/09 – St. Louis, MO – Way Out Club
11/10 – Tulsa, OK – Festivus for the Best of Us at Fassler’s Hall
11/11 – Choctaw, OK – Me Oh My Release Festival
11/17 – Norman, OK – Opolis
11/18 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
12/03 – Oklahoma City, OK – Blue Note