‘Mineshaft Canary’ by We Are Scientists’ Chris Cain. When asked to sketch an item crucial to life on the road, the bassist chose the tour bus ("Without it, touring is a waking nightmare"). Taken from ‘Bands On The Road: The Tour Sketchbook’, out now via Thames & Hudson.
‘Garage’ by The Killers’ Ronnie Vannucci Jr. The drummer explained his sketch thus: "While the other kids were riding mountain bikes, I’d be inside the garage, singing and beating on the washer, dryer and refrigerator."
‘Cologne Car Park’ by Maximo Park’s Paul Smith. "It was desolate but I like the emptiness of it," explains the singer. Taken from ‘Bands On The Road: The Tour Sketchbook’, a new book that compiles the sketches and doodles of musicians on tour.
‘House In Leeds’ by Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson. "This is a house that I’m trying to buy at the moment," explains the singer. "It means a lot to me because I wasn’t able to afford it until we had some success. It’s like all our success turned into stone, an embodiment of everything we’ve achieved."
‘Arizona Desert’ by Johnny Marr. "I like to go there and make myself feel small," explains the singer. "It’s better for me than sitting in the suburbs taking drugs, which is what I used to do. Once I was out there for ten days, and didn’t speak. It does interesting things to the mind."
‘A Dream Of Philadelphia’ by Interpol’s Sam Fogarino. The picture was inspired by a dream the drummer had as a child, about an old woman working a newspaper press. "There has never been a point in real life where I felt as safe or as loved as I felt by that woman, who didn’t even look at me," explains Fogarino.
‘My Parents’ House’, by Franz Ferdinand’s Bob Hardy. The drummer lived at this house, situated in a suburb of Bradford, from age 11 to 18. "It was very quiet and dull," he recalls, "but that was good, because you got a lot of time to read and draw and listen to music."
‘The Pompidou Centre, Paris’ by Coldplay’s Guy Berryman. The picture was inspired by a childhood incident in which the young Berryman got stuck on the roof of the Pompidou Centre. "I just remember being terrified and feeling very alone," he recalls, "thinking I was going to die up there on the roof."
‘Backstage Idyll’ by Bloc Party bassist Gordon Moakes. The picture commemorates a moment of rare peace while the band were supporting the Pixies in America. "We have played some really nice tours but you don’t often get a chance to sit and relax," reflects Moakes.
All the sketches in this gallery are taken from ‘Bands On The Road: The Tour Sketchbook’, out now via Thames & Hudson. The authors Silke Leicher and Manuel Schreiner asked a number of musicians to draw aspects of their inner life, the aim being to give "a glimpse into the not-so-glamorous lives of bands on the road".