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Started in 2007 by Jason Snell, WHBV creates everything from identities, motion graphics, videos, posters, websites, publications, broadcast packages, illustrations, photography, to name a few. We call Cincinnati home, and our clients range from companies on the Fortune 100 list to small coffee shops in our own neighborhood. Our creations happen through asking questions, working hard, and allowing for the discovery process to excite and inspire us.

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Mike Breen Delivers the Goods, CityBeat, Pearlene Release!

Jason Snell

Cincinnati albums from the aughts get expanded re-issues

Recent vinyl projects celebrate the music of Pearlene and The Light Wires MIKE BREEN JAN 16, 2018 11 AM

Toward the end of last year, reissues of albums by two of the best Greater Cincinnati bands of the 2000s were released. During their initial lifespan, each act was a formidable presence in the area’s music scene and now their music has a well-deserved second chance to enchant new listeners.

On Nov. 24, a double vinyl set of the recordings made by The Light Wires was released via Northern Kentucky’s SofaBurn Records. Emerging in the early part of the 2000s, The Light Wires featured drummer Rick McCarty and guitarist/bassist Mike Montgomery (longtime musical partners who’ve played in local bands like Thistle and Ampline over the past 20-plus years), as well as guitarist Andy Hittle (El Gigante, Alone at 3AM).

The Light WiresPHOTO: SOFABURN.COMIt was also many people’s first glimpse of Jeremy Pinnell’s enormous talents. In recent years, the singer/songwriter has become a much-buzzed-about force on the independent music scene, garnering dropped-jaw acclaim from Country music critics and others in large part due to the things that instantly drew a lot of attention to The Light Wires — Pinnell’s engulfingly emotive voice and deeply moving and honest lyrical approach.

Pinnell’s creative pairing with the other Light Wires members was uniquely magical — Pinnell’s songs were in the Folk/Americana vein, giving the music its rootsier base, but the other musicians painted the songs with alluring atmospherics and rhythms drawn from their experience with Post Punk and Indie Rock.

SofaBurn’s reissue (which is also available on digital and streaming platforms) includes the band’s sublime self-titled debut from 2005, as well as the equally remarkable, slightly harder-edged The Invisible Hand, intended as The Light Wires’ sophomore album, but shelved after the group disbanded in 2008. For more information, visit sofaburn.com.

 

Coming up right around the same time as The Light Wires was the powerful, garagey Blues/Rock/Soul machine Pearlene. Pearlene’s first two albums caught widespread attention after being issued by Sympathy for the Record Industry (known for its Punk and Garage Rock releases, including early ones from The White Stripes and Rocket from the Crypt) and Dim Mak Records, the imprint founded by EDM superstar Steve Aoki (the label began by releasing music by Garage, Punk and Indie Rock acts like The Kills, The Gossip and Bloc Party).

PearlenePHOTO: WEHAVEBECOMEVIKINGS.COMPearlene was led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Reuben Glaser, and though the membership rotated a bit early on, its “classic lineup” from the end of its tenure featured bassist Jesse Ebaugh (most recently of Heartless Bastards fame), drummer Andy Jody (who has played around the world with Barrence Whitfield & The Savages and locally with numerous bands) and keyboardist Andrew Higley, who has worked with local bands like Readymaid and The Chocolate Horse and done session work with Ben Folds, The Greenhornes and others.

The band’s third album was a creative high point for Pearlene. For Western Violence And Brief Sensuality was released in 2007 and showed the tightness of the band as a unit, the growth of Glaser as a writer/arranger and an expanding sound, which was even more pronounced because it was the group’s first record done in an actual recording studio. The album was more focused and sharper, though the music occasionally drifted into acid-drenched Blues Rock Psychedelia. It seemed like Pearlene was in perfect position to reach the next level of its career, but after Western Violence, the band eventually stopped playing.

In December, Pearlene reunited for a show in honor of For Western Violence And Brief Sensuality’s 10th anniversary and its reissue on 180-gram vinyl by We Have Become Vikings Records (an offshoot of the WHBV graphic design juggernaut). Like the Light Wires’ reissue, this is a two-LP set with a platter of unreleased music. In Pearlene’s case, it’s the Rosemary Girl EP, featuring songs that were used in the Sons of Anarchy TV series but were never made available to the public. For more details on the reissue, visit wehavebecomevikings.com.

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Guided By Voices TONIGHT! Grab a print!

Jason Snell

So stoked to create, illustrate, design and print limited-edition hand-signed, numbered Guided By Voices / Masters of the Universe silkscreen, poster prints for tonight's show at Woodward Theater in historic Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio. Come check out Guided By Voices kick-off there tour, grab a pint and print. If you can't make it, we'll have any unsold and perhaps a few test prints for sale online, WeHaveBecomeVikings.com Cheers! 

Sold Out in Raleigh, NC, My Morning Jacket Prints

Jason Snell

Did you miss out on a My Morning Jacket print at the Raleigh, NC show? We have a couple Test Prints -- check em out here...

My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster (TEST PRINT 05)
100.00 125.00

My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster
(TEST PRINT) 1 of 1
18"x24" Silkscreen multi-color/pulls
100lb. French paper
*Sold as-is. There will be smudges and
misregistration, possibly torn, totally hot
off the press with registration marks, uncut.

Add To Cart
My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster (TEST PRINT 07)
125.00

My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster
(TEST PRINT) 1 of 1
18"x24" Silkscreen multi-color/pulls
100lb. French paper
*Sold as-is. There will be smudges and
misregistration, possibly torn, totally hot
off the press with registration marks, uncut.

Add To Cart
My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster (TEST PRINT 09)
125.00

My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster
(TEST PRINT) 1 of 1
18"x24" Silkscreen multi-color/pulls
100lb. French paper
*Sold as-is. There will be smudges and
misregistration, possibly torn, totally hot
off the press with registration marks, uncut.

Add To Cart
My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster (TEST PRINT 12)
100.00 125.00

My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster
(TEST PRINT) 1 of 1
18"x24" Silkscreen multi-color/pulls
100lb. French paper
*Sold as-is. There will be smudges and
misregistration, possibly torn, totally hot
off the press with registration marks, uncut.

Add To Cart
My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster (TEST PRINT 06)
100.00 125.00

My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster
(TEST PRINT) 1 of 1
18"x24" Silkscreen multi-color/pulls
100lb. French paper
*Sold as-is. There will be smudges and
misregistration, possibly torn, totally hot
off the press with registration marks, uncut.

Add To Cart
My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster (TEST PRINT 08)
125.00

My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster
(TEST PRINT) 1 of 1
18"x24" Silkscreen multi-color/pulls
100lb. French paper
*Sold as-is. There will be smudges and
misregistration, possibly torn, totally hot
off the press with registration marks, uncut.

Add To Cart
My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster (TEST PRINT 10)
100.00 125.00

My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster
(TEST PRINT) 1 of 1
18"x24" Silkscreen multi-color/pulls
100lb. French paper
*Sold as-is. There will be smudges and
misregistration, possibly torn, totally hot
off the press with registration marks, uncut.

Add To Cart
My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster (TEST PRINT 13)
125.00

My Morning Jacket, Raleigh, NC Poster
(TEST PRINT) 1 of 1
18"x24" Silkscreen multi-color/pulls
100lb. French paper
*Sold as-is. There will be smudges and
misregistration, possibly torn, totally hot
off the press with registration marks, uncut.

Add To Cart

 

Thanks so much #Colortest and #MyMorningJacket for the opportunity! So stoked!

Cincinnati Beer Week 2017 Braxton Summertrip Poster

Jason Snell

WHBV/Braxton Summertrip Poster Release and Special Tapping at Arnold’s Bar and Grill

Tapping: Braxton Summertrip and Chill! Cherry Saison

For Cincinnati Beer Week, Arnold’s convinced five breweries to commission some of the best Gig Poster artists in the country to re-imagine one of their beers as a brand new work of art. From that work the artists will create a limited edition of 50, signed and numbered hand pulled Screen Prints.  Posters will be available at Arnold’s on the day of the events with a small number being available online for those unable to attend at the links above.