New Paltz Guitarist's Book is a Visual Feast | Daily Dose

Friday, February 12, 2016

New Paltz Guitarist's Book is a Visual Feast

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Scott Helland
  • Scott Helland

Locals may know Scott Helland as the guitarist of New Paltz acoustic punk cabaret duo Frenchy and the Punk. I first knew him—from a distance—over 30 years ago, when he was the bassist in West Massachusetts hardcore trio Outpatients (before he was in that band, Scott was in Deep Wound, which also included a young J Mascis). As one did back then, I wrote away to Outpatients for gig fliers to adorn my dorm room. The group happily complied, and the fliers went up on my walls to become part of the ragged, Xeroxed assemblage that confounded my ROTC roommate. Turns out Scott was the visual artist of the band, and it was he who designed them. Just last month, he unveiled Feast (Paris Punk Press/Exotic Aquatic), a beautifully printed hardcover book of his intensely detailed pen and ink drawings.

Filled with mottled, medieval images of guitars and human bodies morphing into trees and castles and “batfrogs” and other fantasy-forest creatures, Feast is, indeed, a feast for the retinas. Helland’s pagan-organic lines recall the gothic style of Aubrey Beardsley, as well as those of punk pen wielders like Savage Pencil, Nick Blinko, and Raymond Pettibon.

Here’s a glimpse of Frenchy and the Punk in action, with a video for “Don’t Fear the Rabbit”:

Feast is available from the band. Copies are $40 each plus shipping. For more information, visit http://www.frenchyandthepunk.com/.

  • Pin It
  • Email
  • Favorite

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Latest in Daily Dose

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Weekend Getaway in Upstate New York @ Kadampa Meditation Center New York

Weekend Getaway in Upstate New York

Fri., June 24, 7-10 p.m., Sat., June 25, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun., June 26, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Spend a relaxing weekend meditation retreat in the peaceful environment of the...
Weaving Intensive @ Hart Textiles

Weaving Intensive

Sat., June 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., June 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Learn to weave and create a sampler to take home! We'll also...

View all of today's events

Current Issue

June 1-30, 2022
Issue Cover