INTERROBANG is now an AWARD WINNING CD. Dig it.
The creative team at Sheer Brick Studio (namely Donna, Geo, and Oscar) have won both a Gold and a Best In Show for Print at the Greater Lehigh Valley ADDY® Awards for the packaging of INTERROBANG.
Thanks to our friends at John Sterling Ruth Studio for the excellent
photography (and warm studio) and the team at Christmas City Printing
for the spot-on offset litho. As always, you make us look good.
- From the Morning Call (Dan Shope, reporting)
- Donna Mugavero thought the Lehigh Valley needed a company run by a
woman with tenacity. She started Sheer Brick, which produces annual
reports and media guides for companies such as Binney & Smith. She's
hard-core ink and paper.
- [she was a] big winner at the recent Greater Lehigh Valley Ad Club's annual ADDY Awards
And then there's Sheer Brick. Opened in 1993, it won for its entry "Interrobang," a CD packaging for Geologic Records.
- "Interrobang" by George Hrab has been described on one Web site as
"a musical journey of self doubt, naked ambition, personal revelation,
and the challenge of living up to a philosophy
plus a song about
- "I focus on print," said Mugavero, 46, who remains the company's only employee.
- Using the tenacity of "sheer brick," she now has a list of clients that include Binney, USA Basketball, the Ivy League colleges
the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem and DeSales University.
- "I don't do all the work for these clients," she said. "But I focus on doing a part."
- Interrobang recieves 3.5 stars on Sea of Tranquility website
- March 10th 2006
- Hrab, George: Interrobang
- Time to come clean: I've never heard of George Hrab. And even though
his fifth album, Interrobang, apparently is as confessional and
personal as the drummer-turned-multi-instrumental vocalist gets, Hrab
warns liner-notes readers: "Don't you assume you really know me." That
established and without even hearing a single note on this odd
60-minute CD influenced by Talking Heads, Frank Zappa and Prince it's
clear that Hrab isn't your typical do-it-yourself indie recording
artist. The tall, bespectacled and bald man poses nude (save for a pair
of red high-top sneakers) on the cover, the detailed and mind-bending
liner notes explain the theory of relativity, and the disc itself is
packaged in one of those sleek, clear-plastic DVD cases. It won't fit
on your shelf between the Bruce Hornsby and Hum Machine CDs, but if
it's any consolation, Interrobang did recently nab an ADDY® Award for
its packaging design.
But, you ask, what about the music? Well, the music is a fun and
delightful cornucopia of rock and pop song structures (as opposed to
the funk and R&B leanings of Hrab's earlier albums) with lyrics that'll
make you think more than you want to. The bald naked guy performs an
awesome drum solo on "We're Looking for Something a Bit More Ethnic,"
paraphrases Carly Simon on "Out of My Mind" and takes plenty of shots
at the GOP on "?" which comes with 17(!) footnotes in Interrobang's
booklet. The album gets a bit blustery and self-indulgent near its
conclusion a song about squirrels? but at the end of it all, Hrab
thanks me for listening to Interrobang, and that makes up for
- Cheers, George.
- Reviewer: Michael Popke