Art Direction for Jerry Lehane’s Drinking Life featuring Dicky Barrett

Art Direction for Jerry Lehane’s Drinking Life featuring Dicky Barrett

I worked on the creative direction and design for a new single release by Jerry Lehane.

This is a new solo project that follows the 2020 release of his self-titled EP. Jerry continues his songwriting and playing with The Dogmatics, with new things coming 2021/22 so stay tuned.

The song Drinking Life features guest vocals by Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

The single was released on July 30, 2021.

Give it a listen and get more details over at Rum Bar Records!

Design by James Young, Cover Photo by E Moran on Unsplash

The Dogmatics Back Catalogue Artwork

The Dogmatics Back Catalogue Artwork

Over the last decade or so, I’ve had the chance to work with the band The Dogmatics on different illustration and design projects.

These have included things like show posters, “merch” graphics (t-shirts, clothing, stickers, pins, etc.), and album artwork.

Here’s a cool picture of Dicky Barrett, lead vocalist of The Mighty Mighty BossToneS & Jimmy Kimmel Live! announcer, wearing a “Thayer St.” t-shirt from 2019.

To celebrate New Year’s Eve 2020, The Dogmatics band re-released a compilation that includes 21 of their classic songs, on Rum Bar Records. The cover includes a guitar pick illustration that I had originally created for merchandise use.

Rumor has it that the band hopes to record some more new music in 2021 to follow up on their 2019 EP “She’s the One“. In the meantime, give their classic 80’s Boston garage rock tracks a listen.

The Dogmatics streaming music

Mandolin & Design:  “An Irishman for Christmas” by Berk/Lehane at Red on Red Records

Mandolin & Design: “An Irishman for Christmas” by Berk/Lehane at Red on Red Records

I had the good fortune of being invited to play Mandolin on a new holiday song that is being released as part of the launch of a new Boston-area label called Red on Red Records.

The song called “An Irishman for Christmas” is first-time collaboration between Simone Berk (Kid Gulliver, Sugar Snow) and the legendary Jerry Lehane (The Dogmatics) further supported by a strong cast of Boston musicians: Ed Riemer, Billy Loosigian, and Norm Hartley.

In addition to getting to play on the song, I also helped with the design of the digital album cover and some light-hearted promotional graphics to help promote the song release alongside the Red on Red launch party.

Berk/Lehane Ornaments promo

It’s a fun and rocking song, and it’s already getting some positive reviews.

“I’ve jokingly stated that my disinterest in “modern” Christmas music includes anything recorded after 1970. But honestly, “An Irishman For Christmas” is an absolute delight and instantly joins the list of songs I will look forward to playing every year at Christmas time.” – Faster and Louder

Band Logo Reboot and CD Label Design for The Lemon Drop Gang

Band Logo Reboot and CD Label Design for The Lemon Drop Gang

I collaborated with The Lemon Drop Gang on some of the design assets related to their recent full album and single releases on Rum Bar Records.

I redesigned their band logo based on some past concepts, did some hand lettering for their single release “Georgie”, and designed the CD Label artwork for the full release to look like a vintage paper label inspired by historical vinyl releases from Atlantic and others.

The Lemon Drop Gang CD Label

Listen to their single above, or grab their full album from Rum Bar Records.