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Post Season & Such A Mess – Greetings From (Split 7″)

Pop punk bands Post Season and Such A Mess are releasing a split 7″, Greetings From, on Common Ground Records — out tomorrow, August 28th. We caught up with each band to talk about the new release, how they got together for this collab, their joint tour (which is wrapping up 8/29 in Pittsburgh), and more. Read on below to see what they had to say, and be sure to give their tracks a listen!

Post Season

How did you choose the songs you’re including on Greetings From?
We wrote way more than we needed for this split for sure. Then out of those songs, we picked the two we felt would be the strongest singles. With this split only having two songs per band, we wanted to make sure they stood out as our best material to date. We really enjoy the songs we picked! 

You’re from opposite sides of the country – Pennsylvania and Southern California – how well did you know each other before setting out on tour and putting the split together?
In January 2014 we toured with a band called Stanley and the Search (now known as Home Movies) and M.L. Reynolds from Such A Mess was filling in on bass for them. During the tour in upstate NY on an off day M.L. and Dan hit up a monster truck rally. Both of them turned out to be huge Grave Digger fans and had a blast screaming and yelling as the drivers smashed some cars. They have basically been best friends ever since. We love those dudes and are glad to be working on this project with them.

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What’s next for this Fall? More touring/recording?
Both, we are playing in Canada for the first time in October on a run with We Were Sharks, as well as working on writing for a release this spring. 

Can you expand on the Star Wars referencing “Never Tell Me The Odds”? Or is the title just a coincidence?
For me [Dan Tippery – Vocalist] there’s a little more than face value here. This song is about a certain person in my life that has expressed the complete opposite of support towards the existence of this band. This song to me says despite what words people throw at you it doesn’t mean they are right or that they actually mean harm, they just don’t see things the way you do and that they feel you should be taking a different path. As for me, I was raised by my Grandfather who bought me the Star Wars trilogy (4/5/6) when I was very young and we would watch it all the time together. He always taught me that despite the popular decision to chase down what I’m truly passionate about. So when I was thinking of a strong one liner for the title it just felt right, ya know? Just because C-3PO told Han Solo how unlikely it was to pull off flying through the asteroid field didn’t mean it wasn’t a way to go. The undertone here is, do what you believe in and don’t ever let people make those decisions for you.

Such A Mess

How did you choose the songs you’re including on Greetings From?
We wrote 4 songs when we knew that we were preparing for a new release. We weren’t sure what they were going to be for at first, but once we knew that this split was going to happen, we essentially picked our two favorites. Those were “Tether” and “Keep to Myself”.

You’re from opposite sides of the country – Pennsylvania and Southern California – how well did you know each other before setting out on tour and putting the split together?
We knew Post Season really well before doing going into this project together. I [Mark] filled in for Hone Movies (ex- Stanley and the Search) for a tour in 2014, and Post Season did the east coast leg of that tour. Since then, I’ve been good friends with them, and we’ve played almost all of their LA-area shows with them. We also did a west coast run together in the summer of 2014, so needless to say, we were pretty close already going into this thing.

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What’s next for this Fall? More touring/recording?
The fall for us is going to consist of writing the next release. We’re extremely excited to put more new material out there, so that’s going to be top priority. You may catch us doing some short runs here and there, but most of the remainder of this year will see us writing and recording. It’s important that we don’t slow down and get lazy. We want to work as hard as possible. Touring will be a huge part of next year for us, as well.

“Keep To Myself (In F Sharp Minor)” has such an emotional and gripping final movement, can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind that song?
“Keep to Myself” is about knowing what you want – and realizing that you don’t have it. So the final movement of the song is really the build up of emotion left hanging by both “Tether” and the first part of “KTM”. It’s the final declaration of feelings, the John Cusack outside your window. Leave nothing unsaid.


 

Thanks, guys!

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to give Greetings From a listen — you’ll keep these 4 songs on repeat. Trust me.

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