When I was asked to create a poster for the second I Got Brains! Fest, my first thought was to try to highlight the incredible line-up that Jon and Kimmi were able to book for the festival (just as they did the year before). The idea for the poster came about after creating a band tshirt that included numerous icons revolving around summertime. So, I proceeded to illustrate simplistic icons that would represent each band in some way. Knowing that some references may not seem as obvious as others, I wanted to elaborate on where the ideas came from.
Thanks for looking through and learning more about the process. Building this collection of logos took many hours, but the outcome was well worth the work put in.
1. State Faults - arrowhead, from the song of the same name.
2. Trust Fall - crow, reference to the song ‘Be Your Own Bird.’
3. Nothing - phantom, taken from the song ‘Phantom.’
4. Cherry Cola Champions - cola bottle, cherry cola is delicious.
5. edhochuli - spear and club crossbones, weapons of a ‘Totally Caveman.’
6. The Joint Chiefs of Math - tangled wires, from the band’s album Wires.
7. Tawny Peaks - double peak, icon to reflect the band name.
8. Muscle and Bone - satchel, reference to banner artwork on the band’s Facebook.
9. Slingshot Dakota - minivan, the touring minivan the band had.
10. Alta - ocean, ‘ocean waves, you went away’ from the song ‘Ocean Liners.’
11. The Front Bottoms - knife, from the album art on Talon of the Hawk.
12. Oddczar - St. Basil’s Cathedral, from the artwork on One Word.
13. The Reptilian - full health, low health bar, reference to the names of two record titles.
14. Sohns - stained glass, from the band’s two releases that depict religious environments.
15. Apart - open hand split, the first icon I made. Wanted to symbolize the name of the band; something splitting apart.
16. Modern Baseball - a tear over a beer, from the song ‘Tears Over Beers.’
17. American Thunder band - pack of cigarettes, cigarettes on the 4 way split art.
18. Calculator - window shatter, combing the artwork from This Will Come to Pass with lyric from the song ‘Overture.’
19. Allison Weiss - umbrella, one of the icons from the ‘crest’ tshirt.
20. Candy Hearts - Tillie, from the song ‘Asbury Park.’ Iconic mural at Asbury Park.
21. Innards - lungs, icon for internal organs, synonym for the band name.
22. Adobe Homes - cattle skull, from the band’s demo art.
23. Old Wounds - skull, combination of the band name and the artwork on Terror Eyes.
24. Lemuria - triclops, three eyes have been featured on multiple apparel designs.
25. Barrow - eagle claw, from the song ‘Clawhold.’
26. The Caution Children - adobe pyramid, man-made structures located in Cahuachi, a song title from Unknown Lands.
27. Tiny Moving Parts - couch, from the artwork on the band’s album, This Couch is Long & Full of Friendship.
28. Empire! Empire! - paper airplane, I’d seen paper airplanes used on the band’s merchandise.
29. Kittyhawk - a snowflake/four leaf clover, from the first line of ‘Older/Wiser’ on the band’s debut release.
30. Gates - elegant gate, icon to reflect the band name; large, gated entrance.
31. The Island of Misfit Toys - bear beard, combination of the album title Bear Hair and a song from the release: ‘Beginnings of a Beard.’
32. Fucking Invincible - asterisk, common symbol to use when censoring F*ck.
33. Geoff Rickly - empty notebook, ‘Like the unmarked pages of your diaries’ from the song ‘HE’S EVIL.’
34. Jowls - pine trees, represents the forested landscape in Michigan; a tree for each member.
35. Sainthood Reps - halo glow, icon to reflect the band name; glowing halo.
36. Old Flings - balloon, from the artwork on the split with Break-Ups.
37. Dowsing - the swings of Catan, first lyrical line of ‘Littoral,’ with the addition of a board game reference.
38. Run, Forever - winged foot, icon to reflect the band name; the symbol of Mercury.
39. Pet Symmetry - Rover, from the artwork on the band’s debut release.
40. Cayetana - three arrows, arrow featured on the band’s bandcamp page; an arrow for each member.
41. Octaves - snake, from the song ‘Anaconda Squeeze.’
42. Mountain Man - fox tracks, from the song ‘Animal Tracks.’
43. Cloakroom - moth, one of the illustrated elements from the band’s debut release.
44. Prawn - sailboat, from the artwork on Ships.
45. Greys - astronaut, reflects the Drift vinyl labels and artwork; exploring space.
46. Whenskiesaregrey - clouds, icon to reflect the band name.
47. Loma Prieta - torn polaroid, from the song ‘Torn Portrait.’
48. Full of Hell - flame, icon to reflect the band name.
49. Tyler Daniel Bean - eye glasses, the glasses Tyler wears.
50. Restorations - fireworks, ‘Fireworks crest the cornices all across the north east’ from the song ‘Val d’ Or.’
51. Into it. Over it. - Chicago postage, stamp from 12 towns.
52. Aviator - typewriter, from the song ‘A Thousand Typewriters.’
53. Such Gold - buffalo, reference to the location of the band.
54. State Lines - back pack, from the photograph on the band’s self title 7.”
55. Go Deep - lock, from the song ‘Lockout.’
56. Secret Plot - mushroom cloud and ring, icon to reflect the band name; top secret file.
57. Foreign Tongues - racquetball, from the photograph on the self-titled release.
58. Frameworks - antlers, from the album art on Small Victories.
59. Signals Midwest - longitude and latitude (state of ohio), combining the state the band is from and the title of their first LP, Latitudes and Longitudes.
60. Sundials - cassette tape, ‘I could make a million mixtapes for you’ from the song ‘When I couldn’t breathe.’
61. You’ll Live - swim trunks, from the artwork on the band’s album Above the Weather.
62. By Surprise - corn on the cob with roses, “Artichokes with lettuce, corn on the cob with roses.” A fantastic line of lyrics.