People are always asking about the artwork for our last full length Saturday Evening Underground and we’ve never really got to tell the whole story… When we were nearing the end of the recording process, Kev and I had started discussing some ideas and he felt strongly that we should brand the album in the spirit of the old Saturday Evening Post magazines to compliment the album name and the band agreed. The Saturday Evening Post often boasted covers by Norman Rockwell in which he spoke volumes about the times (war, poverty, and other political and social issues) with a single striking image. We admired the way his art, sometimes controversial, made you not just feel a certain emotion but also made you think about the topic at hand. So that begun our google search for old Saturday Evening Post covers. We found many we liked that seem to relate to the album content, but eventually Kev stumbled upon the cover of the Dec 9th, 1944 and we knew that was it. This particular cover ended up actually NOT being a Norman Rockwell but was equally as powerful. Only one problem….the google image was much too low resolution for an album cover. So began my ebay search for the actual issue, amazingly I found one! It came all the way from New York from an ebay seller named oldtimer438. I paid $8.88 and in a weeks time I had the original mag and was ready to scan it in. Thumbing through the magazine we found the propaganda from the time fascinating and the politically incorrectness of the advertisements laughable. We actually ended up using other photos from inside the magazine for our t-shirts and for the back of the album cover.
During our brainstorming sessions we had joked around about manipulating the picture a bit and making the kid seem like some kind of twisted “boyscout gone wrong”. Once I got into photoshop and started messing around, the theme was ringing more true to the social issues that Kev speaks of throughout the album, so I rode that wave and kept going. I was able to grab things I needed fro the web like Machine guns, missiles etc and with some finessing make them look like they were always there (using a halftone pattern overlay helped a ton with this for all you photoshop geeks). The only thing I had to draw by hand was the Bombs on the desk which I did using some prisma color - colored pencils. In the end everything really came together, from the songs, to the recording help from our friends, to the artwork. We had a final product.
1 year anniversary without a post?? Who cares, California Coastal Cleanup is right around the corner. Be there!
Well, holy shit! It’s been almost a year since we posted any type of blog and I think we should break our silent treatment that we’ve been giving all of our non-reading cohorts something to read (I’m sure you’ve been checking back for the last year, hoping that we had something relevant to the modern events occurring today to say)…..but nope.
Anyskiddles, we are almost done with our new album. We took a different turn with how we wrote the album and I’m sure that it will tear your fucking face off cuz it tears ours when we play it. We developed a concept album: songs are more dynamic, songs are longer, and there is a story to the whole novel idea of the album. And we, for one, are super stoked.
So with that being said, and as we get older and our hair turns grayer (greyer?), or our hair falls off of our sluggish heads and somehow roots itself into our shoulders and backs, we as a band continue to grow stronger. I know for myself (this is Kevin speaking, maroons) that this point in our LF lives is super exciting especially as we are producing a new album with the same line-up as Saturday Evening Underground. LF has never had a consistent line-up when it has come to recording. That is something that I know that we are all thankful for.
Well Earthlings, next month is California Coastal Cleanup. This will be our 4th annual event so if you want to participate email us, or text us, or myspace us, or facebook us, or porntube us, or just call……
We’ll post something real soon with more details for the Cleanup. For now, take care….be pro-active, and think progressive.
From the dungeons and the desk of our scattered minds,
So it’s that time of the year again where it’s time to clean the shit out of our beaches. The last 2 years have been quite the experience where the first year that we participated in this event, we picked up a lot of trash. The second year was quite the contrary where we didn’t have much to clean. Although it was quite to our dismay, it’s actually a great realization that people are actually picking up their fucking trash. Maybe it’s because the alcohol ban on the beaches has been enacted so there aren’t as many Schlitz’s or Olde E’s that we have to pick up (or put into our own poor ass bags to recycle for cold hard cash…..to buy a fresh 40 oz of Olde E……how ironic)….
Anywho, we hoped to see many of you out there. We’ll be at our local surf spot (maybe mine) between Cardiff and Swami’s…if any of ya’ll are interested in joining us, please e-mail the band and join us for breakfast. Then afterwards, Cap’n Keno’s for drinks and laughs…..
Hey people of despond & discord (yeah, you know who you are)….Well, summer has waned, and I hope all of your bodies are non-malignantly tanned as our San Diego bodies look like we’ve seen the frozen moon of the Arctic tundra……..And there’s a good reason why……we recently just moved into our new studio…..24 hr. access…..cameras to guard our cheap shit…..and the best part……a passcode to get into the door….we better stop boozing or write that shit on our hand or there’s gonna be a lot of practices that we’re not gonna be jammin’ on………….
So with this new studio, we’re working on new material for the follow up to Saturday Evening Underground. However, we’re still promoting SEU and hope to get a couple of tours going in the oncoming months with The Regime and Save Amos who have been amazing supports throughout this year. Check out both bands, by the way…..They’re epic!!
Anywho…this Sept 19th is Spero Luminas CD release show and we would hope that you would attend as this band was more than influential for Londons Falling. The address is: The 923
923 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA
So, please come………..and on that note…………..see you around the bend……………
Hey comrades, the summer solstice is upon us and we’re still charging onward, submerging deeper into 2010. It’s been a while since we posted anything cuz our minds just weren’t cooperating to really write anything rational or worth understanding. So, between earthquakes, a waning economy, a monolithic cor(e)por(n)ation polluting our ocean and destroying our ecosystem and the mixed feelings of healthcare reform, we’ve decided to shun the negative media influences of despair and tread towards greener pastures.
Right now, we’re currently playing shows around So Cal, promoting Saturday Evening Underground, and just having fun meeting new people, and hanging out with old friends. It’s been a blast having all of the LF minions coming out and supporting us at all of our gigs. We’re in the process of writing new songs for our follow-up album to SEU, Sunday Nights Earths’ Crust (sorry, stupid bad fucking asshole joke). But really, we have begun the writing process of another new album so this should be interesting…..
So with that, and on a more serious and personal note, it is with great sadness and loss that on April 13th, 2010, our good friend, fellow musician, and brother, Aaron Gabriel Rowan passed away unexpectedly. He was the lead singer/guitarist for Spero Lumina to which our explosive drummer, Brant, rode the helm as the drummer for that band for the last 10 years. This obviously encompassed our emotions with gripping shock and sadness to all of us in the LF camp. Aaron was my musical confidant, and one of my biggest supporters musically, and lyrically, and I will greatly miss him. So we toast to him, Saturday Evening Underground……..
We’re also currently working on some gigs with a kick-ass band, The Regime, so we’re ready to set this city on fire……..
See ya around the bend,
So we are in the 3rd month of the year of our Lord, 2010, and we finally got through the CD Release show. We’d like to extend our thanks to The Radio Room for hosting this extraordinary event for us, and also to the bands that were a part of this historic moment for us: Breaker Breaker One Niner, Black Sails Western Shores & The Prosthetic Arms. We also would like to extend a personal thanks to Ziggy for being accomodating for this show during our personal crisis. And lastly, to our rabid fans who stayed the whole fucking time. It was an honor to play for all of you who came and made it such a memorable night for us. We will never forget that moment! So, we press onward towards more gigs and booking our summer tour up the coast to support Saturday Evening Underground. In the meantime, we’ll be invading Los Angeles and Santa Barbara for a mini-tour with a bad fucking ass band, The Regime, in a few weeks. Til then, be progressive.
From the dungeon and the desk of our scattered minds,
Hey worms and wormholes,
As most of you know, the new Londons Falling: Saturday Evening Underground CDs have finally arrived. We are ecstatic about the result of this project, and we want to thank everyone for their patience and believing in us that we weren’t bullshitting you that we were gonna get this fuckin’ thing done. We like to extend our deepest thanks to Jim Nau & Jon Hasz for their diligence, time, and mastery of their skills to this project. We are indebted to them for making our vision a reality.
So in the face of human struggle (which is a constant theme nowadays) and the carnage that accompanies its’ ugly face, we decided to give back to organizations that truly make a difference, not only by our physical actions, but fiscally. So when you purchase the new album, a portion of your money will go towards San Diego Youth Services Storefront Night Shelter. This emergency shelter is a place of safety for homeless, runaway, and “street” youth. I’ve been volunteering there on and off for over two years hangin’ with the youth, playin’ music with them, and listenin’ to their stories, dreams, and ideas.
We encourage people to be active in their communities by volunteering or donating money to organizations like San Diego Youth Services. Thanks for helping us out and thanks for helping the youth of San Diego. Let’s truly try to make a difference in 2010.
I just found out this morning that noted author, historian and social activist, Howard Zinn, passed away yesterday. I am deeply saddened by this news as he was a highly influential figure in my young adult life. I remember my mom having his book, “A People’s History of the United States”, and reading it. The effect that this book had on me still resonates loudly within my personal beliefs and ideology. If you haven’t read this book, I highly suggest it. Another exceptional book of his is, “You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train”. …read more!
Hey Skirts and Skins
It’s been a while since we last had given an update on what’s been happening in the LF Camp and we have to say that it’s been nothing, but good news and good times. For starters, the album is finally fucking done, and we are pretty damn proud of it! We would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to Jim Nau and Jon Hasz for putting up with all of our bitchin’, complainin’, shittin’ and whinin’ throughout the entire recording process. Those men are living Buddha’s and we were fortunate to have them help us create this monster of an album. Sooooo, all that’s really left is the artwork; the printing and the pressing and we are set. We are hoping for an early-mid February release, so look for our CD release show(s) (we think we need more than one). …read more!