Sean and I met about 13 years ago. We both were playing in bands at the time and both were totally geeked about the same kind of music. Most of what we listened to at the time could be classified as Post-Hardcore and Post-Punk. It was this kind of music that led us to form a new band together in 1997 named after the bass player of Jawbox, K Coletta. The band didn't last long, but after all these years, Sean and I still consider these genres along with Post-Metal and Post-Rock to be amongst our favorites and is essentially what shaped both of our interests in collecting records.
If you aren't familiar with any of these genres you may be familiar with some of the bands. Post-Punk was a term coined in the late 70's in reference to Public Image Ltd. The genre also expanded to refer to other bands like Factory Records' Joy Division, The Durutti Column, and A Certain Ratio as well as 4AD bands like Bauhaus, Dead Can Dance, and Cocteau Twins. Other bands that were deemed Post-Punk included Siouxsie and the Banshees, Gang of Four, The Raincoats, The Fall, Magazine, and Talking Heads. Post-punk was also a big influence on what later became labeled as Alternative music and bands like The Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Lush.
Post-Hardcore came around in the mid to late eighties and was directly affiliated with the Hardcore Punk movement but had a bit of experimental rock and noise thrown in. Bands like Fugazi, Big Black, Unwound, Minutemen, Quicksand, and Refused.
Post-Rock emerged in the mid-nineties and generally describes instrumental rock music that included experimental rhythms and chord progressions. Some of the pioneers of this sound include Tortoise, Slint, and Stereolab and go on to describe the sounds of bands like Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, and Sigur Ros.
Post-Metal is an extension of Post-Rock but taking on the more aggressive chord and rhythms of heavy metal. Local labels like Southern Lord and Hydra Head specialize in this type of music and include bands like Pelican, Neurosis, Sunn O))), and Russian Circles.
Starting tonight and continuing every Monday night thereafter at The Griffin, Sean and I will be playing some of our favorite records from these POST- genres. We will also invite a different guest each week starting with our good friend Jesse Obstbaum from LA's Fine Records. Details to the event are in the flier below.
Hope to see you tonight or for a future Monday!