The Postmasters

Column: Band Profiles   |   Date Published: Saturday, 13 May 17   |   Author: Andrew Nardi   |   1 month, 2 weeks ago

Band members: Jonathan Statham (vocals, guitar, keys), Jeremy Cummings (guitar, vocals), Lucius Culliton (drums), Jeonghyun Kim (bass, monk noises, Shaggy impersonations)
Where did your band name come from? Well, we’re an all mail band. Musically speaking, we like to put our stamp on things, we’re always pushing the envelope, and when we promise rock, we deliver.
Describe your sound. We often get asked that question, and we find it really difficult to answer. We all contribute pretty evenly to the songwriting process and everyone puts their own spin on things. So if someone comes up with an idea which is influenced by a particular sound, the final product rarely turns out the way they envisioned. We really like just being ‘us’. 
Who are your influences, musical or otherwise? The Killers, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, The Duke Spirit, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Oasis, Pulp.
What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had while performing? It’s hard to pick just one! Opening for British India at ANU was a really fun gig. But we have also played some sold-out shows in Canberra and Wollongong recently that were heaps of fun, and we were amazed to see so many people having a good time to our music. 
Of what are you proudest so far? Quitting our jobs to play music. 
What are your plans for the future? We’re about to release the first single from our upcoming EP, which is called ‘Crave’. The EP will follow later in the year, and we’re currently planning an Australian tour in support of its release. We would love to tour overseas after that! 
What makes you laugh? Chris Lilley, Ricky Jervais, Pauline Hanson.
What pisses you off?
Everyone seems to have an opinion these days, even if they don’t have a clue what they’re talking about. It’s become fashionable to be polarising and divisive, and to create as much noise as possible while completely disregarding reality no matter what your position is. For us, it’s kind of worrying to not see sensible discussion as often as we would like. 
What about the Canberra scene would you change? We need a beach. We need to lobby the government to build a beach, preferably in the Braddon area. Where we live.
In all seriousness, the Canberra scene has been great to us. We’ve played at pretty much every live music venue, and we have a great group of bands that we’ve been gigging with over the past six months. The support here is also exceptional. Packed out shows make for a really fun night, so we’re really appreciative of that support. So all in all, Canberra does a great job at live music and we wouldn’t change it! Apart from building a beach.
What are your upcoming gigs? We’re playing at Lobrow Gallery & Bar on Friday May 19. 
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