January 26, 2016
Unpacking Nevermen’s triple gatefold vinyl edition.
A power trio of sorts, Nevermen are Tunde Abebimpe of TV On The Radio, Faith No More’s Mike Patton and Adam ‘Doseone’ Drucker of Anticon and cLOUDDEAD. Heavyweights in a previous life, the three have come together to form a “leaderless” group, jamming in the nether regions of rock, rap and soul to release a self-effacing, self-titled debut on Lex records.
Given the task of creating a visual identity to this fluid process, the trio have enlisted another big hitter in the form of visual artist Keith Tyson, winner of the 2002 Turner Prize in what was one of its most controversial years.
Laid out by Optigram, the studio responsible for iconic sleeve work with Hyperdub, Warp and Ninja Tune among others, the triple gatefold is housed in a perspex sleeve, emblazoned with a triumvirate of symbols that bind the band together.
Inside, Tyson captures that coalescence of ideas and influences in a mixed-media explosion of anarchic collage, hyper-real, post-pop art painting and dystopian print work, each 12″ panel a canvas for a separate piece created exclusively for the project.
With a limited edition lilac vinyl version and a standard black version available through the Lex shop, check out our gallery of images ahead of its release on 29th January.
Photos by Michael Wilkin for The Vinyl Factory.