London duo Post Louis agreed to speak with us around their excellent Lock Tavern Festival set last week. Check out their track ‘Fragility’ below and read their enlightening interview here!
Hi, Post Louis. How do?
I’m good thanks, how are you?
How would you describe the Post Louis sound?
Textured guitar music. The vocals and guitars tend to fight a bit. That’s only partly a euphemism.
What does London mean to you? Does your neighbourhood influence your sound?
London is my home and I have grown up here. I love living in London. When we write instrumental parts we’re strongly influenced by other musical reference points and by what we want each song to achieve. Meanwhile, the lyrics focus on human relationships and damage. Concrete imagery is fine but I tend to prefer the very granular (pharmaceuticals, skin, hotel rooms, body-building, pilots) to anything that gives away a specific geography or a time. So I’m not sure you’d guess we are from London from the music – apart from the accent, maybe.
Favourite shade of blue and why?
RGB = 151.170.184 – i.e. the one in these images: http://www.haser.org/new-gallery-1/. Did you ask the other bands this question too?
In early April, you’re heading back into the studio. Anything you can divulge about the new stuff?
The pieces we have written already are a bit soggier and darker than the second EP. The songs are pretty expansive and we are allowing ourselves to be fractionally more upfront with how direct they are (lyrically and musically). Let’s wait and see if this works.
Do you have any favourite venues to play?
We’ve played a couple of headline shows at the Sebright Arms with Parallel Lines – the sound there is great and it’s a lovely venue. Mattis (our drummer) lives and works at the Norwegian Church in London (http://www.sjomannskirken.no) and we spent some time last summer staying there and rehearsing in the church. It’s beautiful. At the end we had an open rehearsal and party for our friends, and a Norwegian family were visiting the church on holiday came with their little kids to watch us.
In terms of venues that are still on the list… a friend of ours called Will who’s a tour manager has a house boat, and used to put on shows on it. He has put a drum kit on top of the boat before. So next I would like to play on his boat (which also doubled as a hat shop called “Chapeau Bateau”)
How do you feel that playing with an expanded lineup changes the dynamic of your music?
The line up has swelled and changed quite a lot over the last couple of years. It’s gone between 2 and 6 people and at points it has felt much like a collective, with many close friends and family involved – including both of mine and Robbie’s younger brothers. Now that we’ve spent more time working on the live show, we can write with it in mind. The playing styles of the band members are important. Adam (bassist) has been in a few punk bands previously; Andy (guitar) has hands shaped/marred by years of classical training; Mattis (drummer) is a tough drummer but his playing is also very responsive. So this has had an impact on what we are capable of live.
It feels like a tight unit now and is intense on stage. There is a lot of trust. This might be why the new material is quite raw – we feel we have the band to carry it.
What’s next for Post Louis?
We are playing this current run of shows in London (named Passover Shows in homage to Yo La Tengo’s Hannukah series’ at Maxwell’s, though we could hardly have picked a less appropriate holiday). Then we plan to spend the summer focused on writing and recording, as well as our day jobs… We’ll be back towards the end of the year to do some touring and share new material.
Famous last words?
It’s a great song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIlTOaeqajI
Thank you for your patience.