Do y'all know about the AlphaBands weekly drawing challenge? Lots of folks are drawing bands/musicians and things music-related once a week for every letter of the alphabet. I’m not sure I’ll have time to do a decent drawing for all 26, but I managed a passable “B is for Beastie Boys” this weekend.

If you want to participate, you can find info on the AlphaBands tumblr. Basically: anyone can participate. Just do your drawing for the week’s letter and then submit it to the tumblr.


C is for Clutch, by Sam Wolk

Growing up in Maryland and living in Montgomery County my entire life, there are few things about the area for which I can feel genuine pride. But we do have Neil Fallon, Tim Sult, Dan Maines, and Jean Paul Gaster. Formed in Germantown, Maryland in 1990, Clutch began as a hardcore punk/metal band whose grinding, heavy riffs and growled vocals garnered an almost instant following.  The first track (A Shogun Named Marcus) off their first album (Transnational Speedway League) became a video that got some play on MTV back when the “M” still stood for music and not mediocrity. But I digress. Their style has changed over their albums from stoner doom metal to hard rock that incorporates all sorts of other musical influences: funk, go-go, southern rock, and hip-hop.  Their signature sound has matured and evolved but they’ve never lost an edge.  Their most recent album, 2013’s “Earth Rocker” is straight up hard rocking awesomeness.   However, my picture this week is drawn from the fifth song on their second, self-titled album.  It’s called “Escape From the Prison Planet” and it’s indicative of their sense of humor and lyrical playfulness.  Give it a listen!

So the same folks behind alphabeasts, alphabots, etc. have started another alpha-project, this time - alphabands. And since it’s always good to keep motivated to draw, regularly, I decided to participate. The idea I had was to not illustrate a different band for each letter, but rather, devote the entire alphabet to the songs of one of my favorite bands of all time – The Melvins. Also funny thing is, being that they have such a massive library, every letter is represented in their song titles (except for X, but I have an idea for that one).

So, here is the first one, “A is for American Cow,” which is off their latest album, Tres Cabrones, which is great by the way, check it out here: https://play.spotify.com/track/2U7PsDuVLowcdaUQmDbU0Q