Client Case Study

Say Zuzu

I met Say Zuzu shortly after moving from San Diego to New Hampshire.

I was at a Blue Mountain show at the Middle East in Boston and Say Zuzu was the opener. I was blown away. When they said on stage that they were from New Hampshire, I quickly felt proud of my newly adopted state knowing it could produce such a cool band. I chatted with them after the show and we hit it off. Say Zuzu’s music was honest, traditional, alt-country tinge—a nice combo of twang, grit, and rock. I was a fan. I designed a couple CDs along with a few posters and t-shirts along the way. Founding members Jon Nolan and Cliff Murphy would go on to have solo careers, and I was fortunate enough to design for them as well

Every Mile

For this record, I utilized images from a nice collection of old Life magazines I bought at an antique store. They had treasure troves of old art that I used here and there. The cover image was from an old ad for Ethyl Corporation. I met up with the band for one of their Northhampton, MA shows and we did a photoshoot in a side alley. I used that photo on the insert.

Every Mile is a great album. The opening song “Lonely” is still a favorite of mine to this day. I never get tired of hearing it. "I'm down and out. Like I've been dragged around. And I've been drained. That's how I feel today."

Live in Germany

Say Zuzu had a good following around Europe but was particularly huge in Germany. They were championed by a record label that had a variety of American alt-country bands and ended up touring Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium.