Phish is Metal

I’ve recently created a new shirt inspired by the Phish song Petrichor.  The second in my Phish is Metal series, I’m currently taking preorders until 11:59pm on 11/8 (this Tuesday) for a small run that I will be making of the shirt.  Done in a death metal style, the shirt features images in the front and back, and will be printed on Fruit of the Loom Heavy Duty cotton shirts.  Shirts are available S-XXL and will produced in very limited quantity.  Shirts are $24, which includes shipping.phishshirt

The song Petrichor is the last track off the newest album, Big Boat. A composed, mainly instrumental song, the track clocks in at over 13 minutes and is done in a style reminiscent of their early work. Even more amusing is the definition of petrichor: a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.  Of course this song was ripe for the metal treatment!

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The first Phish metal logos (May 2015)

What started as a shower thought, (What would Phish songs sound like done by a metal band?  Is there a Phish metal cover band?) turned into a couple illustrations I ended up doing.

Growing up, it was all punk/metal/hardcore for me.  My best friend veered towards Phish in our junior year of high school, but I was reluctant to surrender to the flow.  It wasn’t until the summer of 2000, when we both graduated, that I finally got it.  Since then, Phish has been a constant in my life, but I haven’t forgotten my roots.  To this day, I occasionally still attend a metal show, along with my wife. (The fact that she loves Phish and metal is probably why I married her!)

I’m not sure what inspired the initial sketches, but they happened.  I actually find it very humorous, since Phish is often abhorred by many metal fans. (Not all though, as I have met some at quite a few shows).

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I even made a Metal band shirt in a Grateful Dead style!

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I enjoyed this project, since I’ve always had a fascination with the logos that metal bands use and the complexity that they employ.  It was tricky, since most logos are often unreadable, and I wanted the “Phish” to be noticeable. With the final design, I felt that I managed to get as abstract as I could while making it readable.  To the chagrin of most, I only made 3;  one each for myself, my wife, and my friend, Jeff, who was the one that introduced me to Phish.

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That one time we wore the same shirt out…how embarrassing !

 

 

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I’ve since been working on a couple other songs that I want to draw in this style.  I just finished the Harry Hood, and have been sketching out some other songs, so I definitely will continue working on these, although I have no immediate plans to make shirts (although its possible for the future).  I look forward to exploring other styles of metal logos to create new songs, and figuring out which songs are most appropriate for the metal treatment  (or least appropriate!)  Stay tuned for more!

Phish Halloween Run

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FRIDAY 10/28/2016
MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA
Las Vegas , NV

Phish Grand Prairie Run

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Mike teased Sit Still, Look Pretty before Water in the Sky. I Always Wanted It This Way featured Trey on Marimba Lumina. Piper contained a Woman from Tokyo tease from Trey.
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Lifeboy was played for the first time since December 29, 2011 (189 shows). Friday was played for the first time since August 14, 2004 (325 shows).

Phish Alpharetta Run

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FRIDAY 10/21/2016
VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE AT ENCORE PARK
Alpharetta , GA

Phish Nashville Run

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TUESDAY 10/18/2016
ASCEND AMPHITHEATER
Nashville , TN
This show featured the Phish debut of Samson and Delilah and Playing in the Band. West L.A. Fadeaway was last played October 6, 2000 (383 shows). Samson and Delilah through Playing in the Band featured Bob Weir on guitar. Weir also sang vocals on Samson and Delilah, Miss You, and West L.A. Fadeaway. The soundcheck’s Blues Jam featured a verse of Funky Bitch from Trey and Walking Blues featured Weir on vocals.
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This show featured the debut of Running Out of Time. Mike teased the theme from The Godfather prior to Golden Age. Trey teased Woman From Tokyo in Suzy Greenberg. The soundcheck’s I Always Wanted It This Way included Immigrant Song quotes from Trey and Fish.
Setlist/notes © 1990-2016  The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc.

Phish Jacksonville FL

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Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Jacksonville , FL