Planet X interviews Darren Merinuk US illustrator and cover creator for Killer Tone Jones debut EP ‘Crush The Bone’.

How long have you been creating art?

Been drawing since I was a little kid. Didn’t really get serious about it until the early ’90s though. Started getting record sleeve work in ’92/’93 so I’ve been at it awhile!

What / who have been your biggest influences?

My biggest influence is the old EC comics from the fifties. Also underground comix, sleaze culture in general (B-movies, girlie magazines, tattoos etc), and any artist that’s doing intense, detailed work.

What methods/ techniques do you use?

Strictly old school, brush and ink on paper for me. I use the computer to add color and make a file that printers can work with but most of the work is done by hand like a caveman would do.

Who would you urge people to google to find other active artists?

Some current artists I like are Sol Rac, Karl Kaufman, Dave Warren, Marcel Bontempi, Dirty Donny, Olaf Jens, Dr. Chainsaw and Furillo from Palmeras & Puros zine. Geniuses one and all!

What do you like about the Killer Tone Jones commission?

I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out! Drawing monsters is always a pleasure and the overall creepiness of it worked out pretty well, I think. I like the music I’ve heard so far as well.

What projects are you working on next?

Next up is a tour poster for an Australian garage combo, then a sleeve for a comp of Brazilian ’60s bands. After that, God knows what!

If anyone wants to know more about Daren’s work they can check out his art blog at http://intherubberroom.blogspot.com/ or at https://www.facebook.com/darren.merinuk

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With only a week to go before the release of Killer Tone Jones debut EP ‘Crush The Bone’ Planet X asked The Dead Beat King about the stories behind the songs on the EP.

PX: what are this collection of songs about?

KTJ: They are all based upon strange real life stories, Sci Fi literature and Movies.Which are general themes of a lot of KTJ music.

PX: Is Crush The Bone based on a film?

KTJ: No, it’s based upon the case of three Cannibals who lived in Florida USA. They feasted on human flesh eating it to prevent diseases like Diabetes and depression.

They were arrested in 2017 and I read about it when I was sitting in a Disney theme park. I imagined how ludicrous it was to claim eating people could cure you. So the song puts the listener at the dinner table, obsessing over human flesh and craving more and more.

PX: It sounds like Some early Cramps tracks, was this intentional?

KTJ: yes, we pushed the type of sounds the cramps used back in the early 1980s, majoring on a hard feedback fuzz guitar and Gretsch twang.

We also used that famous Nik Knox Tom sound but added slap bass courtesy of Serena Sykes.

PX: The Girl from Planet X must be B Movie based?

KTJ: yes, it has those kind of visuals, but it actually based on Edgar Rice Boroughs 1912 classic Princess of Mars, which is the main John Carter trilogy.

We looked to bring in some early B52s influences on the backing Vocals and mixed this with raw guitars and rim shots.

PX: Death Cabaret has a slower pace and sleazier feel to it, was that deliberate?

KTJ: Yes, it is about a dream or more accurately a nightmare where a 1930s Berlin nightclub Cabaret is taken over by the X Factor. The only difference is that instead of a golden buzzer failing contestants are introduced to members of the gestapo.

We got added sleaze in the mix with sax riffs played by Charlotte Beattie. This gave the track the swing it needed and late night/ early morning feel.

PX: what is Live:Die:Repeat about?

KTJ: The song title was taken from a strap line of a Sci Fi film called ‘Edge of Tomorrow.’

The film had its main protagonists living the same day over and over again until they find a way to defeat ruthless alien invaders who have taken over most of Planet Earth.

PX: what does this collection of songs say about future releases?

KTJ: next up we have a surf EP for the summer, but the same production and musicians have been used.

One of the tracks ‘Big Fat Jacks Shack’ has already been played on internet radio several times and we hope that the twang is the thang for this summer!

With only a week to go before the release of Killer Tone Jones debut EP ‘Crush The Bone’ Planet X asked The Dead Beat King about the stories behind the songs on the EP.

PX: what are this collection of songs about?

KTJ: They are all based upon strange real life stories, Sci Fi literature and Movies.Which are general themes of a lot of KTJ music.

PX: Is Crush The Bone based on a film?

KTJ: No, it’s based upon the case of three Cannibals who lived in Florida USA. They feasted on human flesh eating it to prevent diseases like Diabetes and depression.

They were arrested in 2017 and I read about it when I was sitting in a Disney theme park. I imagined how ludicrous it was to claim eating people could cure you. So the song puts the listener at the dinner table, obsessing over human flesh and craving more and more.

PX: It sounds like Some early Cramps tracks, was this intentional?

KTJ: yes, we pushed the type of sounds the cramps used back in the early 1980s, majoring on a hard feedback fuzz guitar and Gretsch twang.

We also used that famous Nik Knox Tom sound but added slap bass courtesy of Serena Sykes.

PX: The Girl from Planet X must be B Movie based?

KTJ: yes, it has those kind of visuals, but it actually based on Edgar Rice Boroughs 1912 classic Princess of Mars, which is the main John Carter trilogy.

We looked to bring in some early B52s influences on the backing Vocals and mixed this with raw guitars and rim shots.

PX: Death Cabaret has a slower pace and sleazier feel to it, was that deliberate?

KTJ: Yes, it is about a dream or more accurately a nightmare where a 1930s Berlin nightclub Cabaret is taken over by the X Factor. The only difference is that instead of a golden buzzer failing contestants are introduced to members of the gestapo.

We got added sleaze in the mix with sax riffs played by Charlotte Beattie. This gave the track the swing it needed and late night/ early morning feel.

PX: what is Live:Die:Repeat about?

KTJ: The song title was taken from a strap line of a Sci Fi film called ‘Edge of Tomorrow.’

The film had its main protagonists living the same day over and over again until they find a way to defeat ruthless alien invaders who have taken over most of Planet Earth.

PX: what does this collection of songs say about future releases?

KTJ: next up we have a surf EP for the summer, but the same production and musicians have been used.

One of the tracks ‘Big Fat Jacks Shack’ has already been played on internet radio several times and we hope that the twang is the thang for this summer!

There is always a risk when one art form meets another, especially when music meets visual art, both creatives can want their own vision above all else and that’s why it was essential hank Planet X sourced an experienced and recognised Illustrator for its debut Killer Tone Jones release ‘Crush The Bone’.

Planet X commissioned Darren Merinuk from the US to craft a monster cover for the 4 track EP. Darren had all the right influences from B-movies, sleaze and horror. He also had a great track record so for us this earthling had what it took to advance our alien propaganda.

For the cover we wanted to show Killer Tone Jones at play in his laboratory and to illustrate his quest for eternal resurrection for the dead through experimentation and chemistry.

We’ve included the step by step stages from conception to final draft for the cover illustration. The EP will be released on 1st May 2019 with preorders from late April. You can order via the usual download and streaming sites or via our webshop.