If you attended a Jesus Lizard show back in the ’90s and told a fan that the band’s screaming, frenzied frontman would one day publish a book about cats… you’d probably start a dogfight. But alas, here we are in 2013 and David Yow plans to do exactly that.
It’s called Copy Cat: And a Litter of Other Cats and features Yow’s series of cat portraits over 160 “bold, striking, hilarious, and beautiful” pages. Each portrait has been drawn over and given a caption based around a pun, which should elicit plenty of lols and awws from anyone with a feline sense of humor.
Yow discussed the project in a statement posted to Akashic Books’ website:
I love cats. Always have. The only time I didn’t have a cat was a brief hell in Chicago where I lived in an apartment whose landlord didn’t allow them. At that place, I had a life-sized cardboard cutout of a cat which I named Toody. I also love wordplay. I’m the only adult I hang out with who still gets a kick out of puns. I make up palindromes. I used to write songs and poems (these days, I leave that for the songwriters and poets); in this book of cat-pun drawings, I have made a concerted effort to come up with ideas that range from really funny to really amusing. The entire litter of animals in this book are line drawings that are ‘colored in’ with photographic textures, and each cat is dropped into a photographic setting. Yep, that’s the truth.
If that doesn’t bring a smile to Grumpy Cat, then clearly nothing will. Of course, one thing to frown about is that it won’t be available until August 5th, 2014. However, it’ll be preceded by another book titled, The Jesus Lizard Book, which hits stores in March and bundles photos, art, notes from all four members, and an exclusive 7″ of unreleased songs. Pre-order either release here.
In the meantime, though, Yow’s keeping fans plenty busy with his latest solo album, Tonight You Look Like a Spider. Below, check out the album’s five-part, 13-minute instrumental in the form of a music video lensed by five different directors — specifically, David Lynch’s daughter, Jennifer, Califone’s Tim Rutili, Jared Varava, Adam Harding, and Todd Adam Phillips.