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Michael Cottone: How does it feel to be playing your first ever Lollapalooza as a band from Chicago?
Dalton: It’s amazing, it’s been pretty crazy to play shows here and see crowds grow, play with people you look up to, and do an event that we’ve seen some of our friends do with us. It’s a big milestone when you’re from Chicago.
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MC: You guys also had such a high demand for the after show that you added another one, which shows local support.
MC: I know that Joe Keery was a member of the band for some time, and there’s certainly no shortage of talent in this group, but I wanted to know how you guys have adapted since his acting schedule has become so hectic.
Jake: Yeah, so right away when we started touring, he was already shooting the show (Stranger Things), so immediately we had to figure out how to do live shows without him. We’ve always been a band that did a lot of doubling with intent, I don’t necessarily think we had some fat to trim from the band, but there were ways we could shift parts over and have others cover the parts he had. We made pretty quick work with our live sound to get to the best spot without him, and it’s been a work in progress, but I think we’re getting there.
MC: So you guys just recently finished your summer tour in early July, and I wanted to ask what the most taxing thing about this tour was for you guys.
Matt: Losing sleep I’d say. Towards the end of the tour, depending on the routing, the drives get longer and you sleep a little less.
Jake: In the Utah, Wyoming section you’ll be in the car up to eight hours going through it, it’s great but it’s a long time. Luckily their pretty drives though.
MC: Any favorite city from the tour specifically?
Matt: Montreal was mine. Omaha, Nebraska had the most shocking turnout though in my opinion.
Jake: Denver, Colorado. We played not the best show last summer there, you know, not very heavily attended. But, we returned there this summer and it was a sold out crowd.
Matt: It was a smaller venue, but regardless, it’s special. A full 180 turnaround.
Jake: Same thing with Portland. We played a small show last summer, and this summer we returned to the Doug Fir Lounge, and shoutout to that place because it was so cool. Beautiful sound and place.
MC: You guys are a very DIY group, playing lots of club shows and house shows before you began touring in 2017. I personally have a lot of friends in that same position at the moment, and I wanted to know if you guys had a message for those bands who may be trying to break through and play bigger shows, even festivals.
ALL: Keep playing.
Jake: Play so much, and keep putting out music. Not that we know the best route because we’re still figuring it out ourselves, but the one clear thing is that if you don’t put out music or play shows, things won’t happen.
MC: So you can’t let knowing your talent get in the way of getting experience, because that’s what’s important.
Matt: Experience is all of it.
Dalton: Experimentation is a huge part of finding your niche and your scene too.
Jake: And to go out on a limb, when we first toured, we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to afford a certain leg of it. We didn’t know if it’d be possible, but we took a chance. The worst thing that happens is that you run out of money, but you gotta go for it.
MC: At certain shows when you guys play the song Heart Made of Metal, you call it Lorelai, why is that?
Matt: It’s just a lyric in the song. We have this silly thing where if we come up with a demo or an idea for a song, whatever it’s named on the program or voice memo, whatever it’s named that’s what we’ll call it, and then later we find out a title if the working title is not what we want in that moment. It’s not a joke per say, just a lyric in the song.
Jake: I still call Gelatin Mode “Clocks” actually.
Dalton: It’s also a theme based thing. Lorelai is a theme in a few bands. Styx, Beatles, Coldplay, etc.
Jake: Gelatin Mode is built in with like that clicking sound, that was part of the inception of the song so we called it Clocks.
Matt: By the way, that song by Coldplay is absolutely amazing.
MC: You guys brought up the song Gelatin Mode, can you elaborate on the inspiration and the message behind the song?
Matt: He wants it, hahahaha.
MC: I saw the music video for it recently, so I had to ask.
Jake: For me, it’s like an ode to fun, road trip and rock music of the 70s. It’s very intentionally crafted not to have some sort of existential embedded message. They lyrics are essentially based on us getting ready to play a show.
Matt: Our Detroit Rock City vibes, hahahah.
Jake: The lyrics come very organically, through scatting out lyrics, we like to jam out our music so we take it one step at a time. We don’t necessarily have a conversation before writing a song, like this is going to be about this.
Dalton: It’s our pump up song. We started playing it two or three years ago, and it’s a great song to open with, and showcase a few different sides of our band while maintaining high energy.
MC: So what do you guys think is the current state of rock n’ roll in terms of the music and the culture?
Matt: I think it’s sort of reinventing itself.
MC: Because when you go to festivals now, rock is there, but it’s more in the undercard rather than the headlining acts. You have to search for it more than you used to.
Matt: I don’t view it as a bad thing. I’ve heard people say it’s dying. It’s becoming a challenge for rock bands. A good one. I love variety though. Hip-hop is amazing and it’s killing it right now.
MC: They’re the modern rock stars now.
Jake: Yeah, if you consider it a bad thing, I want you to challenge yourself to think about the amount of times that people went to festivals like ten years ago, and all they heard was rock music. People craved hearing different things, or bubbling genres. I bet people thought festivals used to be so saturated with rock music.
MC: That’s true. Bonnaroo for example, used to be a jam band festival, but now is friendly to genres like EDM and hip-hop.
Dalton: We’ve learned a lot from hip-hop just from how it makes people want to dance, it’s very viserale.
Jake: And very honest, a lot of honesty in hip-hop right now. And I think that’s something rock has been slacking on a bit. The lines in hip-hop are just upfront and honest and I think that’s cool.
Wes: Pop a molly, I’m sweatin’, woo!
Matt: Who was that again?
MC: Trinidad James!
Matt: Trinidad James! Where you at buddy?!
MC: So what’s next for you guys? You just finished touring, any long term/short term goals you want to share?
Dalton: I think another album.
Wes: Honestly, we’re jonesing to get into the writing room again. Because we recording the songs on When I Think of You In a Castle two years ago, and they were written even before that, and we’re so different now. As musicians and people, we’re ready to bring the 2018-2019 version of us to wax I think.
It’s clear Post Animal are ready for what’s next for them in their careers. You can stream their album When I Think of You In a Castle below.
Junior at Ball State University studying photojournalism.
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