“I didn’t want a graphic cover, I wanted fine art,” explains Deafheaven frontman George Clark in the new issue of Upset, ahead of the release of his band’s forthcoming album ‘New Bermuda’ on 2nd October.
“I wanted a literal cover art, visceral but very sad and introspective.”
Turned onto sculptural oil painter Allison Schulnik by Touché Amoré’s Nick Steinhardt, the end result proudly adorns the front of the band’s new album. “We committed before we saw it.
“I saw this painting. It’s this man at a piano and when I was in this depressed state, I was always on my keyboard writing music, desperately trying to climb my way out of whatever I was feeling.
“I saw this painting, it was all greys and blues and black. That’s how I feel, that’s what I did, that’s what we need.” After conversations back and forth, “She sent us that back and it’s perfect. I love it.
“There’s so much,” he starts before gesturing. “She paints with such emotion. You can feel that scrawled into the canvas, I really love that about it and it just worked. That’s it,” he states.