THE LAWRENCE ARMS “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD” 2xLP/CD
Raise a toast to the champs! And me, cuz I just did a bunch of art and design for the greatest hits collection from the Lawrence Arms! This was a collaboration with David Holtz, their longtime designer and the guy responsible for the layout of one of my all-time favorite records, Apathy and Exhaustion. Really proud of the little mini-narrative that transpires across the front and back covers: The cover image was Brendan’s idea, a riff on the old “three guys walk into a bar…” joke setup, and the back cover was my idea, an actual illustration of the meandering routes that led the three goons to the same place at the same time. With a good chunk of unreleased tracks, this collection surveys the territory in a very satisfying way; many of the songs find new life as chronology is foregone in favor of a more moody flow. Even before the internet ruined everything I thought greatest hits records were generally lame, but file this next to All Ages as one of the exceptions. And both LP and CD packages were printed with eye-popping metallic gold ink!