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ART BRUT Reissue ‘Modern Art’ On 7” For Record Store Day 2020

13th March 2020

Record Store Day. 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.

Ever the fans of the brash, artistic statement, Alcopop! Records have teamed up with long-term label loves Art Brut to reissue a brand new version of 2005 indie megahit (in terms of legacy rather than chart positions mind) ‘Modern Art’ with a 16 minute, as-live, ‘Berlinische’ version of the single crammed onto a black and red splatter 7” (named after the German modern art gallery round the corner from where it was recorded). 

So far, so RSD…but here’s where it gets interesting, dear reader…

After an idea from Alcopop! collaborator and artist Rhi Lee (of Rhi Lee Design fame) we’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 ThronesDavid DevantTess Parks and members of The Manic Street PreachersBisThe Lovely EggsTIGERCUBGaffa Tape SandyCheerbleederz, 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.

The last couple of sleeves are still available to paint before Jack Alcopop! has to unleash his terrible artistic skills on them, but be quick—they need to be back with the label by next Friday 13th March 2020 if you want to get involved…contact @ilovealcopop on Twitter for more information.

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: https://myticket.co.uk/