Nick Mott was once a member of the formerly Leicester-based but now rather globally spread Volcano The Bear. Besides being a musician, however, he has also felt compelled to draw for as long as he can remember. These drawings then became increasingly bizarre over the years, as Nick yearned to depict things that you cannot readily see in 'reality' (as subjective as that may well be in itself) and equally reflected a personal interest in the worlds explored by Dadaism and Surrealism, although he, naturally enough, enjoys and appreciates all manner of areas outside these as well. Ultimately, however, his art is driven by the very same impulse he has when it comes to playing music. He also feels that drawing is "intensely personal", even when working to a brief or a commission, and that he's better at it than as a musician. His artwork has already adorned the front covers of Volcano The Bear's 'The Idea of Wood', 'All the Paint I Can Breathe', 'Guess the Birds', 'The Inhazer Decline', 'Yak Folks Y'are' and 'Planetary Bethlehem' albums, plus been included on the sleeves of numerous others. Additionally, Nick Mott designed the front cover to Songs Of Norway's 'Despite the Cloak' LP (from 2003) and a compilation CD on Singing Knives Records (2010). He has also worked on a graphic novel, 'Pookah', and had other works commissioned by magazines and newspapers.
He is always open to commissions, plus always has a number of drawings, paintings and collages available for sale. For LTCo, he has done an exclusive signed and numbered A4 print accompanying a one-sided 7" of a solo recording, 'Almost Entirely of Nerves and Blood', that is limited to 100. Originally scheduled for 2008, this release was subsequently re-recorded and finally materialised in late October 2011.
It is hoped that an album release by Nick Mott will appear on Lumberton Trading Company in 2012. Inquisitive minds welcome...
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