Lately I’ve been heavily into Glasgow/Manchester’s POST, a band who play tripped out garage-beach pop. I love my garage vibes but when it comes to POST, they take the atmosphere to a whole other level of catchiness with dreamy vocals and hooking riffs. My favourite song off their debut mini-album Cavalcade would have to be Monument to a Lost Cause— a song full of vocals surprises and melodic jangles. We love this band and have a feeling you will, too. So have a read as AMBY spoke with POST’s Graham Wann (we do love our caps lock) about “Men on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”, recording Cavalcade, and how shitty times often lead to good songs!
AMBY: Hello POST! Thanks for having a chat with AMBY, what have you been up to lately?
POST: Hi AMBY, it’s a pleasure. Lately we’ve been very busy time gigging across the land to promote our recent mini-album, including a launch party at Glasgow’s NiceNSleazy, and hanging out with Marc Riley at BBC 6Music. We are now getting on with writing new material.
AMBY: How would you describe POST’s sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
POST: Sultry, darksweet, petulant. Your off-kilter, no-filter garage-pop sound from hot Northern Britain.
AMBY: You have recently released your album-ette Cavalcade. What was the experience like making it?
POST: It was probably the most enjoyable time I’ve ever experienced in a recording studio. We made the album in a very short space of time – under a week – in Glasgow’s Green Door studio, where analogue recording methods still rule and where we worked in a very live way. This meant getting most of the instruments down together, playing through each song a few times till we got a take that felt just right, rather than getting one thing down at a time for the sake of some notion of ‘perfection’ while risking the liveliness of the overall performance. This was vital to the sound of Cavalcade, as was the hands-on style of mixing we were able to do here, which was itself more like a performance than a dull, clinical procedure.
AMBY: Monument To A Lost Cause is such a great song. What is the story behind it?
POST: Thanks for saying. It’s about the feeling of boredom being at a party full of friends and acquaintances from your local music/creative scene and the moment when you’re struck with the notion that the best of times you’re all trying to keep alive have passed. And there are the hangers on who always seem like they have a lot to say but when you tune in to their chat it’s really nothing of any consequence. It’s not my outlook that all is doom and gloom though, and I don’t believe that all parties are crap, but this is just a snapshot of a time. Better things are always around the corner, if you don’t shut yourself off to discovering them. And shitty times often lead to good songs.
AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called ?
POST: Friends On Benefits? …Men on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown? We’re just waiting on the right director to come along tbh.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
POST: I can’t recall any really funny things happening to us personally at any of our gigs, but there was an amusing guy at our album launch the other week. He was exactly the sort of punter I’d want to be there at every gig, just having a great time and dancing manically in front of the stage. He would desperately try to get Adam’s attention between each song for whatever reason, then start dancing his arse off again as each new song began. At at least one point in the show he bought us shots of whisky (I’m sure there were at least 8 shots on the stage at the end), and later on I pretended not to see him nick a CD from our merch stand. I figured he’d made up for it already with the whiskies. About half an hour after this I saw the guy getting ejected from the venue, a bouncer under each armpit, for some unrelated incident, and him just peacefully going with it. He’d had a good night; it was time to go home.
AMBY: If you could hang out with any of your influences for a day, who would you choose?
POST: It’s not the sort of thing I think about much to be honest. I’ve been lucky to meet a few people who’ve been an influence to me, and I like the humanising effect – the bringing down to earth of an icon helps to put your own life in perspective, when you see that the folk who you had up there on your pedestal are actually on the whole just as ordinary and just as weird as yourself. If pushed though, dear AMBY, the only one who comes jumping into my mind would be Mark E Smith, and mainly because the premise is so ridiculous – by all accounts he would never entertain anyone who’d claim him as in influence. So yeah, I’d like to say I’d spent the day with MES. I reckon it’d be pretty normal if just a little more inebriated than your average day, but with an air of surrealism creeping into it – the fanboy in me would be fascinated to see the process that goes into writing the Fall’s bizarre and brilliant output. Mainly though, I’d just like to be able to say that I had done it because, of course, IT COULD NEVER HAPPEN!
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
Me: David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Craig: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Murder Ballads
Adam: Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works
AMBY: What is the best song of the year so far?
Me: Casual Sex – Stroh 80
Craig: Thee Oh Sees – Toe Cutter/Thumb Buster
Adam: The Presets – Fall
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
POST: The brand new single we are due to release in late Autumn (details firmly under our hats for now), with UK tour dates to accompany it.
AMBY: If you had to describe each member in the band with one word, which word would define them?
POST: Me: moody. Craig: dozy. Adam: rocket!
AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about POST that nobody knows?
Thank you POST, for giving us your answers!