Chad VanGaalen is a wildly talented artist, illustrator and animator from Calgary. And on May 17th, we at Sub Pop Records have the very great privilege of releasing Chad’s new full-length record, Diaper Island, on CD (round, small-ish), LP (also round, bigger) and digitally (invisible). With this new album, Chad has distilled his approach, producing his most sonically cohesive album to date, and the closest thing he has done to a rock album. As with all of his albums, Chad is single-handedly responsible for all of the artistic efforts that went into Diaper Island—from album art to music videos and everything in between. The new video Chad made for the song “Peace on the Rise” (click title to watch) is ample supporting evidence for the “wildly talented” claim above. And, because he is something of an overachiever, Chad drew a series of items into the video for you to find and, having found them all, enter yourself for the chance to win a totally awesome Chad VanGaalen prize pack which will include a copy of Diaper Island on both CD and limited edition green vinyl (only 300 pressed) as well as a shirt hand drawn by Chad himself.
Click here to watch the “Peace on the Rise” video AND enter Chad’s contest.
Although it borders upon cruel to even mention this since they are now ALL GONE, we gave the first 200 people to pre-order Diaper Island from subpop.com a free 5″ × 6.5″, limited-edition, hand-numbered art print. This print features art from Diaper Island and Chad has drawn something unique on each of these. You can see what these look like here. That was for the first 200 people to order this record–those are now gone. But! Everyone who orders Diaper Island on CD or LP (and, remember, the LP will come with a coupon for a free, high-quality mp3 download of the album) will receive free Chad VanGaalen Diaper Island stickers and instant access to a stream of the album in its entirety, providing access to hear the record in the time betwixt ordering and receiving.
Chad VanGaalen’s Diaper Island is available here.
Chad has also announced a few US shows in June, with more dates promised in the not too terribly distant future.
Chad VanGaalen on the road:
Jun 19 Castaways, Ithaca, NY
Jun 20 Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
Jun 21 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Jun 22 T.T.the Bear’s, Cambridge, MA
Jun 23 Il Motore, Montreal, QC
Jun 25 Sled Island Festival, Calgary, Canada
Click here for more information on Chad VanGaalen.