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

We Are Crowd the Airwaves

Hello, everyone!

We are Crowd the Airwaves, a garage rock band from the outer boroughs of New York City. Founded in August of 2013, we’ve taken our hard-hitting blend of punk attitude, classic rock harmonies, and alternative grit to the bars and clubs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens for the past year. Now that we are on the cusp of our debut EP release, we’ve decided to take our fans along for the ride via this blog.

So welcome CTA fans! Or if you’ve just managed to stumble across us randomly…congratulations! Maybe we can convince you to stay a while and see what we’re all about.

If any of you were around during our tumblr days, you’re probably already familiar with me. To those who are new to our blogging adventures, I am Becca and I will be your guide through our wild escapades, misadventures, and musings. When I’m not blogging I also play guitar in the band. Yep, that’s me in the Ramones shirt. Yeah, the really short one. Hard to miss.

What can you expect from this blog? For the most part, this will be a weekly or biweekly update on what we’ve been up to at practice, at gigs, in the studio, or on the road. Sometimes it may offer sneak peeks of things we are planning that you might be looking forward to. Additionally, I take the time to walk you through the standard daily realities of being a working musician in the big city. As you may learn from my future posts, it’s no easy job!

So once again, welcome and I’m glad to have you on board. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences and those of the rest of the band with you all! Stay tuned, follow us, and keep in touch!

Until next time!

Becca