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Postculture

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Postculture

POSTCULTURE was founded late 2013 by Matt Glover (bass) and brothers Jon (drums) & Tom Battye (guitar/electronics). Currently based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire (UK). Originally meeting at high school in 2001, Matt & Tom have played in numerous bands together from 2006 onwards – most notably Leeds based death metal fourpiece, Disfracture, between 2010 and 2013.

What song of yours is the one you like the most?

We’ve been scouring Yorkshire for fresh faces, new sounds and the best underground artists over the past twelve months and our debut album features numerous collaborations including Adam Taylor (The Dunwells) and Rose Wheeler & Tanisha Badman (Felka). Here’s an exclusive sneak peak of “Sunsound” – a track from the debut album (due Summer 2015) – featuring the incredible talent of special guest vocalist, Anna Shotter:

Come and dance with me under the summer sun
Have no fear now baby, our love has just begun

Come and dance with me under the summer sun
Have no fear now love, our lives are just beginning

Come and see me when your work is done
Come and move with me under
The summer sun

Oh darling if you wander by
Walk the ocean shore and find
A little love, a little loving
Oh darling if you wander by
We can walk the ocean shore
Find a little love

Come and see me when your work is done
Come and move with me under
The summer sun

Come and move with me under the summer sun
Baby won’t you come and see me
When your work is done

(Music © A.Shotter/J.Battye/M.Glover/T.Battye, lyrics © A.Shotter)

How do you write your music?

All Postculture music is written from live improvisations by Jon, Matt & Tom. Ideas are recorded, listened back and developed as instrumentals. Using rough working demos we can then approach guest artists for their input. This usually happens online and upon positive feedback, we meet in person to continue writing. Long-distance collaborations are only possible with regularly updated demos of a song, so no-matter how rough, we ensure everything we do is recorded!

What influences do you have?

In a word: many. Individually our listening pallet is varied and eclectic – from leftfield electronica to the Golden Age of hip-hop to the latest Top 40 sounds. The Postculture sound however is invariably composed of a tight fat groove underpinning vocal hooks, funk-infused guitar lines and synth loops.

What´s the best experience you have had with your project?

Everything’s been rather hush-hush over the past year as we’ve been gradually expanding the Postculture family – #pcfamily – to include upcoming musicians, producers and artists. The public’s only had a couple of chances to experience the band live, the last of these being an absolute thrill as we were joined by Anna Shotter and Leo Transit on stage. It bodes well for the coming months…

What plans do you have this year?

We’re currently working with a whole host of new collaborators for tracks likely to form a second album, however – first things first! – the next month sees us finishing the studio recording of our debut album. Off the back of this expect a single release leading us into summer, followed by gigging across the UK to promote the first album. It’ll most likely be an online release but we’re currently looking at funding a limited pressing (CD, vinyl?) If anyone can help, do get in contact!

Mention something you don´t like about your project.

Patience! Collaborations are incredibly rewarding yet time consuming: if you can stick it out though, it is always worth the wait! We have a clear vision for where we want to be in the future and understanding it’s not an overnight process helps focus on day-to-day progress.

Mention the biggest sacrifice you did for your project.

Ongoing financial sacrifice; that’s the necessity of giving yourself the time and freedom to create music which aims to connect with people on a deeper level than muzak. No-one with sense pursues an art to make millions; if you have something you love doing, financial sacrifice is a price worth paying (so to speak!)

What band, music project or soloist from your city do you like?

Personally, I [Tom] take a huge amount of inspiration from Leeds’ Submotion Orchestra. They began as I was studying at Leeds College of Music and on hearing how they sounded (as a live band in the tradition of local predecessors such as The Cinematic Orchestra) realised – coming from a primarily rock background – I was going to have to raise my game! Following their subsequent and continuing success has been inspiring. (Oh, and it may help that singer extraordinaire, Ruby Wood, is herself Huddersfield born!) There’s so much talent blossoming throughout Yorkshire that through collaboration hopefully we can bring artists to a much wider audience – especially one who may not be aware the United Kingdom has life outside of London!

If your project was a word, what would it be?
– Family.


– You’ve been reading the words of Tom Battye, sat in the late-evening sun at Postculture HQ, HD9.

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