Post Zero Interview by Roisin Kelleher
Louder Than War: How has the new year been going so far?
Post Zero: Great, we started the year with a single launch show for The Shallows at Manchester Ruby Lounge, Rowetta performed with us on the song for the first time live – it was great, she’s got the most powerful voice I’ve heard in person bar none.
Louder Than War: Have you got any major plans for the year ahead?
Post Zero: The single is out on 11th February and we’ll be doing more dates to support that at London Hope & Anchor on 16th February and Manchester Fac 251 on 27th February. After that it’s more writing and recording hopefully.
Louder Than War: What inspires your music?
Post Zero: The world and how it is for me. The state of things like popular culture – and how it’s dumbing down, it seems to me that most people are happy to settle for this decline.
Louder Than War: Who are your favourite acts around at the moment?
Post Zero: I love Manic Street Preachers, for me they’re a shining example of not compromising what you do, yet still managing to get your message across in a manner which is still commercial. It’s almost a Situationist idea, infiltrating “the system” has become a cliched idea but it’s one that appeals to most unsigned acts I’m sure.
Louder Than War: Who inspires you?
Post Zero: Writers like Greil Marcus and Nicholas Carr, in music it’s John Lydon and Richey Edwards from a worldview stance, but introspectively I’ve got a lot from Ian Curtis‘ lyrics, there are very few, if any, better than him.
Louder Than War: What do you think makes music so important?
Post Zero: It’s been a lifeblood for me since childhood, an outlet for frustration. You’re let down constantly, even in childhood and adolescence, so having a positive outlet for your disillusionment is vital. Otherwise you just hurt others, physically or emotionally.
Louder Than War: Does the internet make promotion easier/ harder?
Post Zero: It’s harder to break through the noise. There’s no quality filter in my opinion now – radio and television are tightly controlled commercial entities so it’s hard for unsigned and unknown musicians like us to raise our heads above ground.
Louder Than War: Tell us about your upcoming gig and why people should go!
Post Zero: Our next show is at London Hope & Anchor on Saturday 16th February. Live we give everything. We’re not doing this to be “rockstars” – it’s just expression in the purest, most positive sense possible in my opinion.
Louder Than War: What is your favourite thing about gigging?
Post Zero: Feedback from people, seeing people mouth lyrics I’ve wrote along to a song is nothing but a pure thrill, the best drug ever.
Louder Than War: Finally, if you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Post Zero: I’d fly because if I got bored of the Manchester climate I could escape to Spain instantly!