What we need:
We are in need of CD Album Illustration for the front, back & inside jacket. Album Name: “There Goes Paradise”.
We need the JPG's AND the Editable File Versions of this project. (psd, ai, etc..).
Attached. We will not be using the name "Archer" on the front of the CD illustration, the logo will be enough. We will put the band's name & website on the back. There will need to be space on the back of the cd for a list of about 15 songs and a copyright info near the bottom. The usual UPC code, etc.
Style of Artwork/Illustration:
Similar to that of Journey, Boston, DIO, Molly Hatchet. Front will be more gothic and dark while the back will be more light and colorful (please read the descriptions below)
Description of Album "There Goes Paradise":
The band is ARCHER, and their debut album working title is There Goes Paradise. The inspiration for the album name comes from a line that is repeated in the title track Frozen River. The song is written about our great country the United States of America, and it’s struggles to keep its’ relevance in a time where political correctness, political corruption, and an entitlement-mentality have swept the nation, a time where special-interest groups have successfully lobbied the politicians, as well as the people, to believe that freedom means that anything goes, and even worse, that freedom is free. The song paints the picture of a time where the dreams of this great land are gone, referring to the Statue of Liberty as the lonely lady, surrounded by the frozen river, which is congress & government. Politicians are likened to white knights living in their castles, who never tell lies. The country is compared to ancient Rome, and the people as sheep being held in a zoo…or led to slaughter.
The second track on the album, All Over Now, was also written about our country. This song uses the metaphor of a relationship such as boyfriend/girlfriend to say to our government, “You don’t know me anymore” and “Baby, it’s all over now”. In the chorus, the lyric “Your statue is tarnished and your flames’ burnt out” is also a reference to the Statue of Liberty.
The only cover-song on the record is a modernized version of Bread’s early-70’s hit Mother Freedom, with its’ classic David Gates lyrics, “Freedom…keep tryin'. People stay alive and people keep dyin' for Freedom…so don't lose it. Ya’ gotta’ understand, ya’ just can't abuse it”, as well as other great lyrics that, although written over 40 years ago, still apply today. Other songs such as “What’s the Difference?” serve double-meaning as politics as well as relationship, and the 9-minute anthem “My Song/On My Way” states; “They come from far an’ wide to gather here in this great land…to live the dream, to live the life, and live it hand-in-hand”, and begs the answer to “Why can’t we all just get along?” as it promotes peace, love, joy, & faith, while we still have time to change the world.
Description of Artwork (FRONT OF ALBUM):
The Statue of Liberty has her arms crossed over her chest, shivering, frozen, with frozen tears running down her face. She is still holding the torch, across her chest, but the flame has gone out and only a wisp of smoke rises from the horizontal torch. The Statue rises over the frozen Hudson River & the bay, all ice-covered, and she looks down at a very dark looking congress building, next to a Roman Colosseum, both on the shore just off of the ice. Scattered off to the west (left) will be sheep, all heading towards the entrance of the colosseum where they are willingly entering single-file through the gate marked "Slaughter". Peeking up over the roof and walls of the Congress Building and the Colosseum will be wolves, showing some fangs and licking their chops. We could at the artists discretion add a boatload of immigrants in despair, frozen in the ice under Lady Liberty. The artist will need to decide how busy & detailed we can get, considering that the art is for a CD cover, but may also be available in Vinyl Album format, or possibly even a small poster, both of which will be larger.
All of the above scene will be in the foreground, dark & gothic, definitely night time, but with lots of color. It would great to see traces of blood around the entrance to the colosseum. In the background will be the dark, distant city-scape skyline. The skyline of skyscrapers & buildings should have some brokenness to it, maybe even some smoke. We do not want to specifically reference 911 or the 2 fallen towers, as that is not the point and may not be in good taste. Let's focus on Lady Liberty sadly looking over the wolves leading the lambs to slaughter, and the government being pretty much like ancient Rome. Somewhere in there should be the band's logo, but let's be careful not to associate it with the government stuff. One idea for the band's logo is to shoot it up into the sky above the city just like Gotham City does to signal for Batman. The band's logo has a similar shape so this might work particularly well. Also we should incorporate the title, "There Goes Paradise".
Description of Artwork (INSIDE OF ALBUM FRONT AND BACK - LANDSCAPE)
The inside covers need to be less busy, so we can lay text over most of it, so the best idea would be to have the basic edge-colors of the front design roll inside the 2 panels. The inside panels represent the middle of the country, where the front represented the coast, or entrance. I would like to make the whole inside cover area like a dessert, with cactus and tumbleweeds all around, with an old broken wood sign that says; “BORDER”. Underneath that in smaller letters the words; “Cheap Stuff – South” with an arrow pointing one way, and then an arrow pointing the other way that says; “Free Stuff – North”, both on the wood signs.
Description of Artwork (BACK OF ALBUM):
On the back of the album we should use the same graphics as the front, except restore the Statue to it's original position & beauty, with the river all thawed out, the colosseum gone, and the cityscape & skyline all brightened up & restored, not so "dark". If we decide to use the boatload of immigrants on the front cover, then we would use them again on the back, except now they would be joyous as they enter the thawed harbor under the Statue. It would definitely be day time.
The album doesn’t so much promote a particular political view, as it does simply point out the drastic changes in the values and vision of this great nation over the past 200 years, and asks the questions; “Why?”, and “Is this really progress?” It would stand to reason that the artwork for the record should pose the same challenges, visually, to the audience. As artists ourselves, we love the great animated album covers of the 70’s by bands like Journey, Molly Hatchet , Boston, Dio, and Meatloaf, and of course the great animations in classics like Mad Magazine. It would be amazing to create a collage of images in the spirit of those classics that hi-lite the topics of this record. We imagine something very busy, with many hidden images, as well as hidden meanings, imagery that means different things to different people while always challenging the reader/listener to think. We need our logo in the collage somewhere, too, unless we use the "Batman" idea.