What would be cooler than getting to draw the album cover for an up-and-coming band you idolize… when you are just 10 years old?
That's what happened to Wyatt Pike when Toronto indie pop band The Danger Bees showed up at his school, Nackawic Elementary, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Three years ago the group came across his drawing of a cat (which he penned when he was 7), and they liked it so much that they were inspired to not only use the sketch but they also named their album "Wyatt." They've been using the kitty as their logo since that time, and while on tour, they decided to surprise the lad by showing up at his school and posing for a few pictures. The new album, with Pike's artwork, will be released on June 11th.
"There's something endearingly expressive about it. And, I don’t know, it was calling us for some reason, I'll never figure it out,” said David Macmichael, the band’s lead singer (as reported by CBC News). “The image encapsulates what the group is about in the sense that it's very imperfect but it conveys something."
"It's going to make for a very interesting story when he's old and has grandkids sitting around someday,” his mother Tracey Pike told the same news outlet.
The young boy told the press about his "impressive" drawing that garnered massive attention from The Danger Bees, "It's weird, it's an ugly cat."