I am sitting here today with a brand new band to my ears and a new band to the Indy music scene as well, The Post Script. I was turned on to these guys from a good friend of mine Josh Corken. Josh, who is currently working on the design of their debut album cover, is friends of the band and shared their music with me. And I must say that I am glad that he did. Bringing a certain groove infused jazz laced funk sound to the stage you should prepare for pure talent on the instrumentals and industry quality lyrics. Not having even released their debut album yet The Post Script gets you right off the bat with their already established image. Wearing tie-dyed shirts and carrying a handful of Woodstock influences you are immediately impacted by their drive to the top. You just simply see fun in their music and passion in their hearts. Sit back while I introduce you to a band you might not have heard of yet but will fall in love with in the very near future.
How did you guys all meet?
Well all three of us knew each other from around 2004-2005 because the bands that we were playing in at the time (The Suits, Killer Thomas, and The Urban Rednecks) all played together. When we all met up at the Dave Matthews concert in the summer of 2007, all of our bands had broken up so we decided to start something new and fresh. That was when The Post Script was born.
What was your inspiration to record music like this?
Honestly, our inspiration was to be nothing like any bands we had ever played in before. We all came from very one person centered groups, where we didn’t feel like we had the ability to do anything we wanted. This group was based off of freedom of expression.
Who are some of your biggest influences both personally and musically?
(Abe) The Beatles. I am also into jazz and fusion, and have been become very hip to Afro Cuban and Latin too. I am inspired by rhythm. Personally, I am inspired by the people around me. I have been blessed to have friends and family that I love and that love me. (Blain) Musically I was Blessed to grow up around a lot of musical friends, it’s cool because when everyone around you is really good, you kind of push yourself a bit more trying to keep up. (Laughs) I love so many musicians it’s really hard to pinpoint one main influence. I try to be open to influence because it can come from any number of things, you know? Personally, my parents we’re a huge influence for me. They were always really supportive with the choices I made. Also just all the friends I have made along the way and all the people I have gotten to jam with for sure. (Matt) My biggest influence musically and personally was my mother, and family. As a little kid, around five years old, I would go to my mom’s band practices and that really is what got me interested into music, and playing in bands. She showed me basic chords on the guitar, and taught me how to read chord charts and tabs, and then told me if I wanted to learn how to play, then I could. From there it was all about listening to other musicians, and playing with as many different people as I could. Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Trey Anastasio, and John Mayer have been the biggest influences as far as my guitar playing goes. As far as songwriting goes, my influences come from a more Pop-Indie- Psycadelic based style- Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, John Mayer, the Beatles, and Matt Wertz.
Any tattoos in the group?
Blain has bass clefs tattooed around his right bicep, and matt has the word “music” tattooed on his right forearm.
Who was the most?
Blain and Matt are tied. Abe’s just a puss.
Where do you guys practice?
We practice in the basement of a huge office complex in Noblesville. It used to be an old grain mill and has a very cool old brick building facade. The only downside is we have to practice all night long, since we can’t play at all during the day, and we all have full time jobs, making the ability to practice at nigh, actually kind of a good thing.
What is the largest crowd you have ever played for?
32,000 sprinting Hoosiers in the streets of Indianapolis for the three hour straight jam that was the Mini Marathon in 2008.
What about the smallest?
Abe’s dad at practice. He thought we were too loud, and should have played some Yanni tunes. We decided Abe would look good with Yanni’s mustache though; very full.
If you guys were headlining at Verizon Wireless Music Center who would be your opener?
OK, so picture this. The Post Script, free lawn tickets, free booze, and a four hour set with the opening song “The Boys are Back In Town.” It was just always a dream since we would always go see concerts there as we were growing up. As far as an opener, we are kind of used to being the opener. (Laughs) So we would probably just bring in all our friends and have them jam onstage with us.
Do you guys all have jobs or is music it?
Matt Works at a few different places in Broadripple. Blain is a pharmacy technician in a town called Tipton which is about an hour north of Indianapolis. Abe is a part time accountant and goes to school at IUPUI.
What would you be doing if you were not playing music?
Wondering what the hell we were doing with our lives. (Laughs)
How do you all know Josh Corken?
He is Matt’s cousin. He also goes to IUPUI with Abe. Otherwise, we know he has healthy taste for Yats and an excellent eye for graphic design. Keep your eyes peeled, because his work is likely going to be a staple for The Post Scripts image for a while.
Where are you recording your album?
We are recording at The Pop Machine in Broadripple. We have been working with Eric Klee Johnson as our producer, who is an absolutely amazing individual and has really helped us move our music to the next level. We actually have the first six songs on the album done, we are going in to start recording the last 6 in early February or late January.
What are you drinking on stage?
We are all under 21, so Matt is a super nice guy and always buys us water before shows. We try to get Ethos whenever possible so when we waste money on bottled water we know, at least some of the profits are going towards a good cause. Helping out and giving back is very important to us, and we plan to give a portion of the money we make off the CD’s to environmental funds.
If you could tour with any one band in the industry today, who would it be?
(Thinks) That is a good question. We know a lot of good bands that we would love to go on tour with. We have a lot of friends we love playing shows with. It could be any of them, then of course there are those bands that have influenced us as well, like Keller Williams, John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Death Cab For Cutie or Umphrees McGee. Another amazing band that is
just now breaking into the scene from Chicago is Company of Thieves, they are great guys and we love playing with them.
If you could only cover one song for the rest of your career what one would it be?
Something by Yanni to keep Abe’s dad off our backs.
You guys have some pretty solid photography. Who took all those shots?
We are fortunate to have become great friends with a Mr. Steve Hamm. He is a stellar photographer and has done most of our stuff. Also Mrs. Megan Mayhem from Laurence North High School has done pretty much everything else that Steve didn’t do, and she of course is also super gifted.
Let’s play word association. Name the first thing that comes to your mind when you read these three words. Go.
Apple Pie: Dragon Fly
Fruity Pebbles: Barney Rubble
Tim Allen: Tool Time
If you could live in any other city in the world where would it be and why?
(Blain) Anywhere in New Zealand where they filmed Lord of the Rings. Beautiful place. (Abe) Somewhere hot. Preferably on water. (Matt) I’ll be happy switching off living at their two houses. They sound real nice.
If you could sit down and have dinner with one person, alive or dead, who would it be?
(Abe) Today, it would be president elect Barrack Obama. (Matt) Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. (Blain) Jaco Pastorius; surely he would be an interesting conversation. Or Carmen Electra naked. That would probably be equally as interesting.
What are you eating for dinner?
(Blain) Chinese (Abe) Something cheap. (Matt) Left over something cheap.
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
(Abe) Eggs and bacon. (Blain) Breakfast quesadilia; oh yeah. (Matt) Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with syrup and hash browns.
Mac or PC?
What am I doing on the computer? But probably PC.
If you were told you could sign a record deal right now for $250,000 but you had to record someone else’s lyrics and it was a country album, would you do it?
If we had to tour to back it; hell no.
Where do you see yourselves in five years?
Making music. Playing music. Hopefully making enough money to continue to make music, and help the world be a better place.
What do you want to be remembered for when it’s all said and done?
Just to be remembered would be super sweet.
I always let the artists get the last word.
Go. Listen to music. Do good for those around you. Try something new. Peace, love and good vibrations.