Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Uberband, LIVE IN POLAND,... an i helped, release party December 5th

Coming out in the beginning of this month is the first official full length release by Uberband, after years of touring with only a few tracks previously released.
Their music; an often times maniacal blend of genres such as jazz, funk, metal, country, 50's ballad, etc. that is expertly crafted and played often with complex timing, and lyrically; vicious, funny, cruel and sweet, which is backed by a carnival-esque stage presence, strange costume and makeup themes that give their audiences' brains some visual mania to go with the sounds. And aside from all that, its really fucking fun!

I have collaborated with Ryan, RyThoJo, Uberband's front man, in the past years on some elements for their stage shows. I brought in my pal and fellow makeup effects artist Don Rutherford to do KISS styled makeups for a previous show, consulted on some blood gags for some shows, and built some wearable open brain surgery caps (one can be seen in photo below) that the band used live and for photos.

Following shortly after Ryan told me the name of the new album, LIVE IN POLAND, i got a visual in mind and threw it at him. He liked the idea; a model set of the cover, kind of the feel of Mr. Rogers kingdom set and look of a model set you might see in an older campy low budget sci fi flick, with flower topiary for the name of the album, snowy mountains, Polish villages and the Uber U as an ice sculpture. The hope was to capture the feel of the band and music, i guess on a textural level, if they were a farmland somewhere in Poland.
Below is foamcore, bamboo skewers, cardboard and hot glue in action.

an early heavily saturated ice u test

Ryan took the imagery and did a photoshop mockup for the lay out. Then i got to building, down and dirty foam core construction, paper surfaced mountains, practical clouds and setting sun, etc. Then with Ryan's approval and assistance, we lit and shot the set. The Uber U was sculpted in clay, molded, then poured up in different red tinted ices that were shot separately and comped into the photo later. I also contributed ideas for the cd surface artwork and back panel which Ryan put together the artwork for and did the final layout.
December 5th, you can see the craziness for yourself, the record release party happens:
at Trip Bar
(non-descript black colored bar next to Jack-In-The-Box. Howzabout a map?)
2101 Lincoln Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
$5 per person - 21 and up

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