* Signed Limited Edition of 75 (for each size)
* Framed Giclée Print
* Printed on Hahnemühle acid-free paper, using UV tolerant museum-grade inks.
* Hand Signed by the artist, Hugh Syme
As a faux artifact of the psychedelic ’60s, the cover of
Feedback almost reeks of Patchouli oil.
The mini album consists of cover versions of songs from the 1960s that were formative influences on three young teenage musicians in Toronto. Among the eight tracks are songs written by bands such as Blue Cheer, Buffalo Springfield, Love, and Cream,
“When we did the R30 tour and made the Feedback album, we had feedback in mind as the psychedelic entity and the rock poster of the time was an irresistible inspiration to go for,” says Neil Peart.
Specifically, Hugh sought to emulate the style of concert poster that originated at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco between 1966 and 1972. The playful poster features Feedback’s song titles rendered in wavy lettering.
“There was a lot of lettering and distortion of lettering—all digitally done,” says Hugh. “There would’ve been a time when this would’ve been hand-painted and airbrushed. If I had rendered them with Rapidograph drafting pens, it would have been four-or-five weeks of work to make the warped lettering fit. Whereas this probably took a week-and-a-half. It was built in Photoshop. This is still a lot of work. There’s a lot going on in there.”
There are several fun touches. There’s a Peace Sign in place of an “O” in the lettering for “Heart Full of Soul.” The Starman makes an appearance at the very pinnacle of the temple-like composition. And there’s a floating eyeball at the bottom of the poster.
“The eyeball is a nod to Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse, who both did a lot of Grateful Dead art, including their flying eyeball,” says Hugh. “I was also inspired by the psychedelic posters art of Rick Griffin, another stalwart for the Dead.”
The overall effect? Turn on, tune in…drop out. Far out, man.