Getting To Know Perry Shall March 31, 2016 00:49
If you're a Modern baseball fan then you might have seen Perry Shall's artwork. If you don't know him...we've got you covered.
Perry's a Philly based artist who's work ranges across illustration, video's, collages and much more. He's probably designed something for one of your favorite bands like Against Me, Pitty Sex, Diarrhea Planet, Modern Baseball, Wavves and Best Coast.
We met Perry through our friends in Modern Baseball when we started to work on a pre-order package for their new record Holy Ghost. He'll tell you he's got an tee shirt hoarding "problem"... which, he back's up with proof if you have a second to creep on his instagram.
We asked Perry if he'd answer a few questions so, here we go...
Wax: I gotta ask to stereotypical question...What influences your art?
Perry: It really depends on what the art I'm creating is for. So many things are influential though. People, my surroundings, my mood, music, podcasts, other art. Literally everything and anything makes me look differently at each thing I'm working on.
I don't just do one thing. I do a lot of illustration work but also graphic design, collage, a little painting, etc etc. So I think because of that, it's hard to pin down. It's all spontaneous in a lot of ways too.
Wax: You play in a band called Hound who I assume plays out in Philly often. What would you say makes the Philly music scene different from other cities?
Perry: I was born and raised in Philly and have a lot of pride in that. Philly is a very working class city and I think that rubs off on new people that move here. I think there's this struggle to keep things going no matter what. If a house that does shows has to shut down, someone else will open up their basement to do them. If a venue closes, it forces someone else to open a new one. It's been more or less pretty consistent since I started going to shows around the age of 14. Philly isn't necessarily the most welcoming place to live but in the smaller community of punk and things associated with it, it IS very welcoming in most ways. So a lot of people feel like they have their small scene and that can be what they need to feel comfortable in the place the city they live in.
I've been on tour to a million places and not everywhere has it as good as we do. I think Philly will always have a strong music scene. I don't ever see that dying out.
Wax: (two parter) Growing up buying music I was always drawn to records with "cool" artwork. To me it was crucial for bands to push the boundaries with their album artwork alongside their music. How important is the relationship between artists and musicians? And, do you see a shift in that relationship with more and more musicians shifting to digital singles?
Perry: I always find that I do my best work when I have a strong line of communication with the band or person I'm working with. I always try to communicate with them through text or in person. It's much easier to shoot the shit so to speak and more easily get a feeling for the person or their lyrics or where they're coming from when you have that kind of connection.
I've become pretty close with a lot of people I had never met before asking me to do their art. You spend so much time writing songs, recording, putting out records, playing shows, touring etc. Those things are there to express your deepest feelings, emotions, and thoughts to the entire world.
Why shouldn't the art be the same way? The art is the first thing you see when you find out about when you see the record or even the image of the record on the computer or phone or whatever.
Before hearing the band, the artwork says everything you could possibly know about them in one shot. You have to hope whatever it looks like is enough to get someone's attention to check it out further.
I don't know anything about the shift in relationships between artists and musicians because I always try to maintain that relationship. I can't speak for anyone else though.
Wax: Alright last one... there's this whole election thing happen this year. Are you planning to vote? Why or why not?
Perry: Yes I'm planning to vote. You'd have to be a real jerk to not vote this year. Or too young hahah. But yes, I'm voting for Bernie because whether it's even likely he can make a lot of these things he wants to do happen, he is the best hope we have for the future.
Shit is grim in this world and the least we can do is get someone who has real ideas of turning that around that doesn't involve hate or helping the rich get richer.