Aaron Tanner

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Evansville, Indiana, United States
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Graphic designer
  • Author
  • Musician
Known forGraphic design

Aaron Tanner is an American graphic designer, author, and musician whose work primarily centers around the visual histories of alternative rock bands.[1]


Tanner started Melodic Virtue, originally a graphic design firm, in 2004. Most notably, Tanner has designed album covers and other merchandise for the American alternative rock band Ween for over fifteen years.[2] During that period of time, he also created design work for the Pixies (band), Explosions in the Sky, and Lil Bub.[3]

In January 2017, Tanner changed the focus of Melodic Virtue to become a publishing house for his visual history coffee table books[4] and has since released books on the Butthole Surfers,[5] Ministry (band),[6] Face to Face (punk band),[7] and Lil Bub.[8]


Butthole Surfers: What Does Regret Mean? was named LA Weekly’s Book of the Month in 2019.[9]

Music career

Tanner formed Stationary Odyssey with Brett Siler in 2002. The group produced 3 full-length albums, 5 EPs, and 2 singles before disbanding in 2012. Their last release was a split 7" single with Joey Santiago and David Lovering of the Pixies (band)|Pixies.[10] Since then, Tanner has founded the noise rock group Off-Ox[11] and a recording project with Rob Crow (Pinback) and Spencer Seim (Hella (band)) called Byre.[12]


  1. "Music Notes: Graphic designer combines passion with business". evansvilleliving.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  2. "The Butthole Surfers: What Does Regret Mean – Out March 8th". AMFM Magazine.tv. 2019-03-04. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  3. "Butthole Surfers "What Does Regret Mean?" Book Signing in Austin March 22 w/ Band Members in Attendance". WithGuitars. 2019-02-14. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  4. "Aaron Tanner - Face to Face: 25 Years of SoCal Punk, The Visual History". spillmagazine.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  5. Grow, Kory; Grow, Kory (2018-12-07). "Butthole Surfers Talk New Book: 'I Regret Not Regretting a Thing'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  6. "Hear Ministry's New Acoustic "(Every Day Is) Halloween" With Dave Navarro". Revolver. 2019-10-31. Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  7. RamynkeFebruary 24, Ashley; 2018 (2018-02-24). "Trever Keith: "Face to Face: 25 Years of SoCal Punk, The Visual History"". HS Insider. Retrieved 2021-03-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. "'Lil BUB: The Earth Years' Book and Music Project to Feature Jack Black, El-P, Thurston Moore". Spin. 2021-03-23. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
  9. "Book of the Month: Butthole Surfers: What Does Regret Mean? - LA Weekly". laweekly.com.
  10. "Stationary Odyssey split 7" with Pixies project". nuvo.net. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  11. "Berserker IV Feature - Off-Ox". hipindetroit.com. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  12. "Byre Release "Here in Dead Lights" (EP)". ventsmagazine.com.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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