RSD 2020: Alcopop! Records reissue Art Brut – Modern Art, plus tour news

The ever brilliant Alcopop! Records have come up with their own delightfully skewed version of a Record Store Day 2020 release. As the label say “So often referred to as the home of the major label reissue and the £19 one track 7”…but here in our little indie corner of the world we’re shaking things up; shaking things up with a brightly coloured paintbrush.”

The label has teamed up with the equally ever brilliant Art Brut to reissue a brand new 16 minute, as live, Berlinische version of Modern Art, on rather fetching black and red splatter 7″.

After an idea from Alcopop! collaborator and artist Rhi Lee (of Rhi Lee Design fame) they’ve taken each one of the 300 sleeves, and asked a different person to ink each one to their own specifications with a simple brief inspired by the song’s lyrics: “JUST DO IT UP WITH ART THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO ROCK OUT.”

Amongst fans, family, friends, and members of the band across the world crafting some next level artistic creations, there are some interesting names amongst the assembled artists—with the likes of Black Francis, John Cooper Clarke, Dev from IDLES, Ian Burden and Jo Callis of The Human League, Ben ‘Eddison Tollett’ Crompton from Game of Thrones, David Devant, Tess Parks and members of The Manic Street Preachers, Bis, The Lovely Eggs, TIGERCUB, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Cheerbleederz, and more, all doing wonderful things. 

On purchasing their copy of the record, punters will be able to check the Alcopop! Records website on RSD morning, crosscheck their release number and see which talented individual put together the artwork in their hands. Fancy a Cooper Clarke original one-off hanging in your living room for the price of a reasonably priced 7”? You got it… 

One sleeve was even being produced moments before the artist gave birth to her first child, though whether little Saskia garners the same fame as the kid from Nevermind we’re yet to ascertain. Meanwhile, a record store in Southampton is having a sleeve painting party, while Bridport Music Centre is getting stuck in with an art class to create some awesome sleeves.

This one is all about art, music and community, inviting people to be part of a vinyl celebration. Check out the original version, here

Art Brut will be touring the UK with The Subways throughout March 2020 (see below for full listings).

ART BRUT live w/ The Subways:

12.03.20 – Newcastle – O2 Academy
13.03.20 – Glasgow – Garage
14.03.20 – Manchester – Academy
19.03.20 – Norwich – Waterfront
20.03.20 – Bristol – O2 Academy
21.03.20 – Portsmouth – Pyramids
26.03.20 – Birmingham – O2 Institute
27.03.20 – Nottingham – Rock City
28.03.20 – London – O2 Forum Kentish Town

Tickets on sale now:

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