text: Rose Blanton | photography: Kris Lori Fuentes Cortes
Once inside I notice the place is very clean and Jake Hirshland is making deviled eggs in the kitchen. “They’re my Grandma Barbs recipe,” I’m offered one and it’s delicious. Seems like Jake has multiple talents.
Once we get everyone gathered in the living room (which is no easy feat with six band mates, and we’re still missing Joe Keery, who’s filming the second season of Stranger Things), along with house pup Reggie, we start talking about their experience of recording in Paw Paw Lake in Michigan. It’s revealed through the conversation that everything in the band is very collaborative. No one person is in charge of producing. I ask if the recording process proves to be difficult, with this many people in the band. “If like three people are around, you’re kind of like hey, want to record today,” Matt Williams says.
I’m curious then if the whole thing is finished, Matt adds that they had actually recorded some vocals that day. I ask more about the production process, how they go about it, where it happens. They actually just record everything to a computer and do all the production on the computer. Their sound has a polished, professional sound so I’m impressed. We talk about labels; they’re not on one yet but of course want to be. I suggest dumpster tapes, a local project in the city that releases, you guessed it, tapes. I tell them Cafe Racer has released on that label and Jake and I start exchanging names of people we know in the band. “I actually really like that band,” says Jake.
Javi Reyes actually has some previous experience in this arena through touring with his old band. “You use your connections or you go onto other bands bandcamp and see what places they tagged and reach out to those places.” The band has gained a lot of popularity over the summer. They also have a notable presence in the DIY scene; I ask if they are ready for the next level, do they want to move onto venues like the Hideout and Schubas. “We’ll always play house parties, they are so much fun,” says Jake.
The photos from the lake house are so perfectly retro; it’s like something out of my parent’s college days. Each of them also has a freaky little story about the old man who haunts the lake house; Jake claims he was actually almost pulled out of bed by the old man.
Post Animal were extremely gracious hosts, fantastic conversationalist, and intelligent young men. Their album, The Gators Are Back in 3D is due out in February. For now, you can listen to their discography via their bandcamp website and catch them at their next show with The Walters at Lincoln Hall on November 26th.