Friday, September 07, 2018

Sing & Tell :: The Post Romantics

Credit: Kara Moon

Formed in Liverpool, The Post Romantics - made up of three brothers and a friend - blend hip-hop beats, haunting guitar riffs, and R’n’B-infused vocals. They released their debut single, 'Call It Off', (recorded with producer Ady Hall of the Sugar House team) last month. The atmospheric "anthem for disgruntled lovers" has a feelgood pop infectiousness which disguises a darker undertone.

Who are you?

I’m Cameron Cockbain and I play guitar in The Post Romantics. The rest of the band consists of my two brothers, frontman Connor and bassist Liam, along with our friend Sam Barton who plays drums.

Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today.

We grew up around Liverpool playing in various bands. Connor and Sam have played in the same band together since they were about 13. They’ve always been musically inseparable. Liam and I got drafted in a few years ago to start a new project that turned out to be The Post Romantics. We haven’t looked back since.

Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.

Style is a hard one to define. I think it’s important for us as a band that we draw from all of our influences and forget about fitting into a niche. We grew up listening to such a mix of things; my dad always made us listen to Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan, and then my mum would be playing Madonna and Duran Duran in the car, so all of that has found its way into what we do.

We’re mainly influenced by modern hip-hop and R’n’B though. The Weeknd and Lana del Rey are artists that we really respect. We probably wouldn’t be making music if it wasn’t for them.

Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.

It’s different every time, but it usually stems from a feeling. Either we find a sound to express that feeling and then fill in the words, or we’ll figure out what we’re trying to say first and let the music work around it. We’re pretty direct writers though, none of it happens accidentally.

Tell us a little about your new single.

'Call It Off' has been quite a long time coming really. We wrote this song about two years ago and it was kind of a turning point for our band. I remember Connor bringing the barebones of it in to rehearsal one night, and at the time we were doing a completely different thing style-wise, but we started jamming it and realised that it was exactly what we were looking for. We dropped our entire set as of that night and started again. It was the catalyst for the sound and vision we have since developed, so releasing 'Call It Off' as our debut single is quite fitting.

Can we catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows?

Our next show is in London at The Shacklewell Arms on 24th September. After that, we're back home to play Liverpool at The Jacaranda on the 28th September. We’ve also got loads more in the works so there will be plenty of opportunity to come see us.

How's the rest of the year looking, plans-wise?

Busy. We have loads of material written, so we’re going to get in the studio as much as possible over the next couple of months and hopefully get some more music out ASAP.

Where can we hear more of your music?

Follow us on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Soundcloud etc and you’ll be the first to hear anything.

What social media platforms can we find you on?

Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

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