The Creative Process, Part II: Patches!

Supsupsup Airwavians! It’s Christina. 🙂 Sorry it’s been quite a while!

For Part II of my Creative Process series, I would like to talk about our patch designs. The patches made their debut during the release show for our first EP, Devil May Care. Since then, they have been donned by many a fan on their patch- and pin-laden jackets, vests, and more!

Patches have been a staple merch item for rock and punk bands for decades. Whether embroidered/iron on, screen printed or hand painted, patches are both great collectible items and the perfect permanent addition to any rockin’ wardrobe. Handmade patches are particularly very prominent in the DIY punk music scene. I thought it would be a great idea for Crowd the Airwaves to jump on the bandwagon old-school style, so I conceptualized some DIY patches of my own using the vinyl-cut stencil method of silk screening. It is a technique I picked up around ten years ago, and I was excited to do it all over again.

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The Creative Process, Part I: T-Shirts!

Hey, Airwavians! Christina, here.

On the previous post, we mentioned that we have a new line of merchandise currently out. This includes a brand new T-shirt design, 1″ buttons (to match our existing patch design), and album art with a corresponding poster design. All can be purchased at each of our shows!

To sum things up: I am a visual artist by trade, and I serve as the in-house designer and art director for the band. Our merchandise, gig posters, logo, and various other collateral are all designed by myself. It’s been an awesome opportunity to put all of my best skills to work with Crowd the Airwaves since its conception!

Occasionally, I get questions on how my design process actually works. I love learning about the production process of other artists, because everyone has their own way of doing things. I would like to start a series of posts to show you my workflow.

This time around, we’re going to take a look at the new t-shirt design. The shirts were printed by Bands on a Budget. I highly recommend them; they are friendly, communicative, and are very helpful during the proofing process.

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THE HESS TRUCK’S BACK, AND IT’S BETTER THAN EVER…. Naw, it’s just CTA

Hey, everyone!

So it has been awhile since we last posted here, and I’m sure you’ve been wondering what we have been up to! There is so much to catch up all you beautiful Airwavians on, and only so much space in this blog post, so I’ll try to make this as cohesive as possible.

So to start, as many of you DO know, we had a line-up change that went into full effect as of April. Lindsay has moved on from Crowd the Airwaves to focus on motherhood, and taking her time to navigate her new life as a working poet and musician. Naturally, we wish her all the best in every endeavor, and will actually be celebrating with her for her daughter’s first birthday soon! That being said, Christina, Lizz, and I will be updating the blog, and rotating every 2 weeks with our post, so stay tuned!

We’ve also been writing a bunch of new songs! I’m super stoked about that, personally. I managed to pump out two more songs in addition to “Roots”, and Christina currently has a song or two brewing. If you follow our various media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), you’ll actually be able to tune in to our rehearsals; we’ve been making live videos normally starting half way through practice.

We purchased a drum kit for touring purposes, which means, as you can gather, that we plan on hitting the road soon! CTA is ready to see some new venues, and continue our quest to take over the world. I’ve been super busy researching venues, and working out logistics for our next few shows, so keep your eyes open for any new upcoming dates in your area!

Oh, and before I forget….WE FINALLY RELEASED OUR NEW EP! That’s right, folks, the new music we have been promising you fans for awhile is finally available in CD form, AND online for listening purposes! We had our release party in April at The Bowery Electric, and got to play alongside some of our favorite local bands; Freya Wilcox & the Howl, Nihiloceros, and Pussywolf are simply some of the best bands on the scene, period. You can find our album, All the Things We Don’t Say, on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, CD Baby, and various other media outlets. It’s been a long time coming, and we are super proud of what we put out, so we hope you all are digging the new music as well! We recently got quite the awesome review from Divide and Conquer, which you can check out here. Be sure to check out the rest of their website; they’ve got some really excellent recommendations for new artists.

On top of that, we have brand new merch to sell you at shows now! Our ever-talented guitarist and in-house artist, Christina, designed a whole fresh line of posters, t-shirts, button pins, and CDs to accompany our new EP, All the Things We Don’t Say. We are working on a way to have it all available online for purchase, but for now your best bet is to get yourself to a show, and pick it all up in-person!

And the final cherry on top of this musical sundae? Well…we recently released our new music video for our song, “The Truth”! Once again, we worked with Stephanie Gaweda; our trusted cinematographer who also directed our video for our song, “Blood”. We absolutely adore working with her, and implicitly trust her artistic vision. We had a lot of fun shooting (although this new video is considerably darker than the last), and managed to make a music video that has already garnered over 4,000 views on Facebook! We were absolutely blown away by the support we have received since releasing this album, and are eternally grateful to everyone who has helped us get to this point. “The Truth” music video is also posted on YouTube, which you can watch here.

I guess that sums up just about everything! Below I have listed all our upcoming shows that are currently scheduled, so mark them in your calendar, lovelies! Thanks for reading, and stay tuned! We got more coming for ya!

All the best,

Heather

Our upcoming scheduled shows are as follows:

Friday, August 25th @ The Well, 9 pm
Sunday, September 10th @ The Bowery Electric, 7 pm
Saturday, October 28th @ The Bitter End, 9 pm

Crowd the Airwaves EP Release Show!

That’s right. The Devil May Care EP release is right around the corner! Here’s what you need to know:

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TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW. GET THEM WHILE YOU CAN! THEY CAN BE PURCHASED HERE.

We encourage everyone to arrive early and stay for the whole show. Trust me, you do not want to miss any of these sets! We picked a few of our favorite bands that we’ve shared bills with over the past year and you should totally check them out too! Here’s where you can find them:

Rogue Re Vera
Natural Stranger
Dames

We’re looking forward to this show and to getting our music out there. We hope you’ll come celebrate with us!

Until next time!

Becca