Sunsets on Empire, Raingods With Zippos, Fellini Days and Field of Crows are now available in the Fish Shop!
After much consultation with fans on the FB pages Mark Wilkinson and I have come up with the new designs for the T’s and sweat shirt for the ‘Clutching at Straws’ tour shirts. There was a lot of to’ing and fro’ing and gnashing of teeth so much so that Mark eventually sent me this on the last late night of design frenzy.
I felt it was important to get input from fans as to what you want rather than plough ahead with something we both liked as I’ve come unstuck in the past and been left with a wardrobe of shirts I loved but which didn’t go down as well as I’d hoped with the majority of people at the shows.Obviously the ‘Weltschmerz’ artwork is in formative stages and although an element of it has been hinted at on the tour poster with the frame of flowers there wasn’t anything substantial to bring into play. We therefore decided to concentrate on the ‘Clutching at Straws’ images.
The ‘cocktail glass’ was my initial idea for the ‘CAS’ album front cover but was rejected by the band at the time. I decided to resurrect it on this tour and Mark gave it a twist as befits a martini with the ‘fish’ logo on the umbrella and a ‘tear’ of blood as used on the ‘Warm Wet Circles’ single artwork. It actually seems more relevant than before and ties in to the ‘Weltschmerz’ idea in an abstract way. We tried using the ‘flower border’ on the design but the detail didn’t come over as we had hoped so reverted to a clean image for the front of the shirt. The lettering was settled on when Mark suggested we use the original album title font style.We went for a blue shirt rather than a’ traditional’ black as it just made the image more vibrant. I had originally intended to go without a backprint as it’s only 11 shows and many a time I’ve been caught out with overstocks that become dated after the tour. The fans decided otherwise and I bowed down to wishes and we created a simple design for the back of the shirt that ties in with the front and provides a souvenir from the first of the shows on the ‘Clutching at Straws’ anniversary tour.
The idea for the second shirt was a polo with an embroidered martini glass but after consultation with our printers, ‘Razamatazz’ we discovered we couldn’t capture the detail in the needlework we wanted. It was Mark who suggested a second T using the artwork he’d supplied to ‘Prog’ magazine for their front cover a few months ago when they ran a feature on ‘CAS’. Neither Mark or I were happy with the original album cover and his retake where he populated the original bar scenario I thought was genius. Again I went for an alternative to black and we agreed a grey background gave it a bit more class. The backprint of tour dates and the “still drowning” quote was again added by popular demand.
The final item on the merch stall will be a black sweatshirt rather than a ‘hoodie’ as it lends itself more to a front design. With these never as popular as T’s on the road I decided to omit the back print and keep it simple and ageless as a stock item.Hoodies may be popular with some but as we still have stock from the ‘Feast of Consequences’ tour I opted for a return to a traditional sweat shirt and sated the demand for a black item. I personally think it looks stunning.As with the T shirts the seat shirt will be produced in large sizes and I’m waiting to find out from ‘Razamatazz’ just how big we can go with the designs. I’m not going with ‘girlie’ sizes as in all honesty we don’t sell enough to qualify print runs but we should be able to cater for most other sizes.
All these items will be available on the mail order shop on the website in November together with the ‘Suits’ and Songs From the Mirror’ remasters and all will be for sale on the UK tour on the merchandise stall. Some have asked if the mail order service caters for outside Europe and the UK and the answer is yes. We send items worldwide
With the web site being completely redesigned by Rob Skarin, who has done an amazing piece of work with Steven Wilson’s site and others, it’s a perfect way to launch the newly designed mail order pages.
I’ll know more about pricing and the date for the new website relaunch in the next week or so and this post will be followed up later with news on ‘Weltschmerz’ and the new ideas which quite honestly I think you will be very excited to hear about.