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Jensen Ward on Iron Lung: Band, Label, and Worldview

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Illustration from the cover of Iron Lung Mixtape I.

Iron Lung is a band, a label—and, for better or worse—a worldview. The label was founded in 2007 by Jensen Ward and Jon Kortland, the two men who also make up the band, one of the few internationally known non-revivalist and non-reunited powerviolence bands in the world.

“We started [Iron Lung Records] with band money,” Ward recalls. “We toured. We had a couple of bucks left after a trip, and we’d decided to put out a record with it. We figured we’d either be making a huge mistake, or starting something really cool. Or both. I think it landed on both.” This statement is a good reflection of their worldview: sardonic, fatalistic, with enough brash idealism to start a vinyl-centric label well before the vinyl revival. They’d issue records by harsh, confounding bands of varying stripes, based solely on their personal taste. The label doesn’t pay Ward and Kortland’s bills, but it is self-supporting. Clearly, both in stated intent and action, making money was never a concern.

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Great Design: The Simonsound

From the album The Beam b/w In the Shadow of the Skylon:

The Simonsound, The Beam b/w In the Shadow of the Skylon 1

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The Simonsound, The Beam b/w In the Shadow of the Skylon 2

The Simonsound, The Beam b/w In the Shadow of the Skylon 4

The Simonsound, The Beam b/w In the Shadow of the Skylon 5

The Simonsound, The Beam b/w In the Shadow of the Skylon 6

Great Packaging: Geweih Ritual Documents

From Goblin Guts’ Global Cuts [vol.1]:

Geweih Ritual Documents, Global Cuts Vol1

Geweih Ritual Documents, Global Cuts Vol1

Geweih Ritual Documents, Global Cuts Vol1

Geweih Ritual Documents, Global Cuts Vol1

Great design: JP Haynie

Hi, this is Moni, I’m the designer here at Bandcamp. I frequently come across examples of fantastic design on the site (in the form of album art, page design, merch, bio photos, and so on) and share them around internally. You may find some of it as interesting and inspiring as I do, so now and then I’ll be posting it here. Hope you enjoy!

From JP Haynie’s The Sand:

THE SAND 12inch LP w/ 24 Pg. Book pic 1

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THE SAND 12inch LP w/ 24 Pg. Book pic 4