Song-writing long preceded book writing for Stephen John Hartley from the Notsensibles. The book is filled with musical anecdotes and the Painting Snails album provides a sound track, including all the songs mentioned in the book and others which relate to stories in the book. It continues the purist DIY theme, recorded during three live sessions, in the same Northern back room where the book was illustrated and edited. Bish plays drums and Bryn Davies plays bass. The cover is hand-made and letterpress printed, with three woodblock prints which feature as illustrations in the book.