Worcester Magazine Interview

on Oct 10, 2015

You play several instruments, but you’re known as a drummer. What initially drew you to the drums? Music was just something that was around our house growing up. My dad, Al, played music professionally.  My mother is a huge fan of music, so we were always listening and enjoying it. My uncle, Russ, is also a drummer, music was just everywhere. My sister, Charlene, and I would bang on couch cushions and the organ or piano in the living room and make up songs. She started to take up the drums and guitar, but couldn’t play both at the same time. She would insist that I play the drums with her guitar and showed me what she knew. Which was also to play “incorrectly,” playing the hi-hat with my left hand, which I still do. Who or what has had the biggest influence in shaping your music style? I get very inspired by music and I tend to obsess about it. I try to let everything...

The Curtis Mayflower Psychedelic Mongrel [video]

on Sep 25, 2015

This is a video I  produced for The Curtis Mayflower as something to project on stage during shows. The video is a collection of manipulated images and videos I’ve found. The music is from the live improvisational recordings that we did for the American Mongrel soundtrack and features the great Dana Colley on saxophone. It was performed at live at The Citizen in Worcester MA and recorded by Paul Dagnello. I did the final mix of the music.  The film has not yet come out due to some complications but in the meantime you can hear some of the music and watch this psychedelic video....

Tweed VI Pre Fest

on Aug 14, 2015

We had some fun the night before The Tweed River Music Festival doing some long exposure photography. These are all 30 second exposures. We used our flashlights to draw with and basically looked like a group of insane people for a few hours in a misty field in Vermont.  Here are some of the results. Tweed River Music Festival – Vermont Tweed River Music Festival – Vermont Night Rainbow – Tweed River Music Festival – Vermont Stage – Tweed River Music Festival – Vermont J. Moses – Tweed River Music Festival – Vermont Tweed River Music Festival – Vermont Levon – Tweed River Music Festival – Vermont Benmont – Tweed River Music Festival – Vermont Tweed River Music Festival – Vermont Tweed River Music Festival – Vermont Tweed River Music Festival – Vermont Me, Annie and our great friends Sarah and...

Interview with Twangville

on Jul 7, 2015

I was interview by Twangville recently about the upcoming Tweed River Music Festival, check it out! Twangville Tweed River Talk – A Few Words with Duncan Arsenault of the Curtis Mayflower New England quintet The Curtis Mayflower are no strangers to the Tweed River Music Festival. They’re regulars, in fact, who never fail to awe the crowd with their intense live performances. If you haven’t heard it, seek out their 2014 full-length debut Everything Beautiful Is Under Attack for a taste of their soulful brand of rock and roll.  Drummer Duncan Arsenault shares his perspective on the Tweed experience and introduces us to “Tweed Potato.”  ON TWEED AND VERMONTYou’re a Tweed veteran. Any favorite memories from years past? There are so many great memories. There is something special about sharing a space with a large group of likeminded people that is very satisfying to your soul. At Tweed my...

49 Mile Scenic Drive

on Jun 11, 2015

When I am working on music or design I often find it helpful to take a break to create something that is abstract or just unlike what I’m doing. I took a break the other night and listened to this demo that I did with Craig, Brooks and Jeremy from The Curtis Mayflower. It’s a rough sketch of a song that may never see the light of day. I had mixed it to sound like it is part of a city scene. I was inspired by some footage that had seen on the Prelinger Archives and created this video out of footage found there. Here’s a bizarre little video, made as a distraction. Have a...

Design Roundup May 2015

on May 7, 2015

It has been a long and busy winter, here are some designs from the past few months. I hope you enjoy! Glenn Yoder & the Wester States album cover The Curtis Mayflower show poster Tweed River Music Festival 2015 Logo Benefit Concert at Ralph’s Vincent’s Sessions Poster Tweed Acoustic Show Huck and Childhood acoustic concert poster Big Eyed Rabbit at Vincent’s poster Ohm, Sweet Ohm Poster Vincent’s Wednesdays Poster The Curtis Mayflower April Residency at Vincent’s The Marshall Pass single artwork The Curtis Mayflower, Sam James and Julie Rhodes Poster The Curtis Mayflower show poster Vincent’s Wednesday Sessions...

Blood Red Moon

on May 2, 2015

Here’s the album cover I designed for the great band “Glenn Yoder and the Wester States” called “Blood Red Moon”. You can check the band out and hear the album when it is released later this month at glennyoder.bandcamp.com Glenn Yoder & the Wester States album...

The Marshall Pass – Maggie

on Apr 5, 2015

I started writing this song for The Marshall Pass after our dog Magritte “Maggie” died. She was a special girl and a beloved member of our family. I had recently picked up this Gretsch guitar the day after she passed and wanted the first song I wrote on it to be for her. I stuck a photo of her on it and began playing.  When I played the demo for Craig I didn’t ask him to write a song about a dog. He wrote this beautiful lyric and melody and it just fit perfectly. His lyrics and performance are brilliant as always, thank you Craig. I started to produce the track and wanted to capture the bittersweet feeling of losing something that brought you joy. It’s neither a sad song or a happy song. I asked my dear friends Jeremy and Brooks from our group The Curtis Mayflower to add upright bass, piano and strings and they recorded their wonderful parts. My lovely and...

Welcome Levon

on Feb 3, 2015

Levon Charles Arsenault joined our family on February 3rd and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Here are a few photos of the little man....

Fourth Wall Video and Artwork

on Oct 30, 2014

The Curtis Mayflower recently released our second single as part of a collection of singles that we will be putting out over the next year. This song was recorded in Pawtucket RI at Machines With Magnets with the great Dave Westner at the helm. I created this music video and used some of the footage to create the artwork for the single. We shot the footage backstage at Atwoods in Cambridge MA. Check out the song, check out the artwork and check out the music video. It’s all right here....

Long Exposure

on Sep 12, 2014

These photos were taken at my uncles place near Augusta, Maine. They are all 30 second exposures, taken during the early evening. Sidney Maine, Sept 2014 Maine, Sept 2014 Maine, Sept 2014 Maine, Sept 2014 Maine, Sept 2014 Maine, Sept 2014 Maine, Sept 2014 Maine, Sept 2014 Maine, Sept 2014 Here is a short recording made on the end of the deck that you see in these pictures. A simple capture of the sound of a warm Maine day in September. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your...

King of the Fools video and artwork

on Aug 25, 2014

My band The Curtis Mayflower just released our new single “King of the Fools“. I designed the artwork using a photograph I took many years ago and producing this music video. Have a look, have a listen and...

Design Update

on Apr 8, 2014

I haven’t been keeping this site updated like I should. I’m just going to throw up a bunch of music related designs I’ve done over the past few months and maybe I’ll sort them out later....

National Sales Meeting Video

on Feb 13, 2014

National Sales Meeting Video

The Curtis Mayflower Album Design

on Feb 8, 2014

The concept for the artwork for “Everything Beautiful Is Under Attack” began with the idea that we would produce an engraved nameplate to attach to a vintage photograph that is framed and hanging my friend Bill Connor’s organ shop in Worcester MA. Bill was gracious enough to let Jeremy and I visit his shop and spend a couple hours photographing his collection of vintage organ parts and various music equipment. I shot a couple hundred photos that day and felt confident that I had gotten the album cover shot but I wasn’t sure exactly which photo it would be. Once I was able to go through the photos it was obvious that the photo that we used on the cover what the right one. I made some minor adjustments, placed the credits on the back cover and the artwork for the vinyl was done in just a few minutes. The back cover was a photograph of an old poster for Hammond...

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