Tom Sharples — who has recently been cracked on the side of the head with a skillet, but more on that shortly — explains the image just above:
It’s by a West Cumbrian artist called Percy Kelly.
It’s an original drawing I have on the wall in my house. He refused to sell any of his work while he was alive but since he died has started to gather a bit of a cult following. He mainly drew and painted the area where I grew up, and which has inpired a lot of the songs we’ve written in The Skeleton Dead. Knackered, rusty old shipping and mining towns along the West coast of Cumbria.
(The word “knackered” gets us every time.)
The drawing ornaments their latest release, the two-track Two Days in February EP, available for free download since April 22. We first met them in December, when their inaugural, self-titled album was still warm. We lauded “such fragility of music,” concluding The Skeleton Dead was “a significant fall debut.” This brief new collection cements the previous one: mountain runoff guitar, apparitional vocals, and a bare-arm songwriting style. Stream here.
And before we forget, the frying pan: