In a perfect world, Tampa Bay is a region where bands can take their time maturing on the way to honing in on a sound or aesthetic that eventually breaks through to the rest of the world. While the region won’t have the opportunity to see Poster play live anymore, we do have this final album from the Tampa pop band to remember it by.
Crawl was recorded at the Sex Dungeon with Dan Angel and James Ryskalchick. Poster tracked the entire LP live in a day and mixed it over the next two days. The Philadelphia DIY studio has a policy of not mixing with bands unless the band was in the room, so Poster had to finish Crawl in the three days it had booked.
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Touring with Tampa-by-way-of-Lakeland band Poster
“The deadline helped us focus and I think ended up making the record sound better overall,” Poster told CL in a message. Crawl is the only Poster record to ever be fully collaborative, which is a pretty big stylistic change from its previous albums. Clocking in at just under 30 minutes, the 11-track album finds Poster influenced by different bands and albums like Cottage Cheese from a Philly stomp-rock bands now called pet. Also of note is the huge influence bassist Giani Martinez had on the record.
“[Giani] wrote at least half of the bass parts on the record,” Poster wrote, adding that its normal bassist, Tim Anderson, could not get time off of work to record in Philly. "[Giani really helped] us out when we were in a bit of a bind.”
Fans in a bind because they won’t be able to see Poster play the songs live can find some solace in a super-limited run of Crawl cassettes that’ll be available via Pocket Sand Tapes.
“At this point, some of the members don’t even have the gear to play any of this material anymore,” the band wrote when asked about the prospect of one last show. The spirit of Poster lives on, however, in still active acts like Story Mode and mtvh1n1.
“We were just burnt out on playing in Poster and we felt like we had taken that project as far as it needed to go, so we just kinda called it quits,” Poster said.
“I think we all just wanted to make totally different sounding music, so it made sense for all of us to form new projects that were more aimed at playing the kind of music we wanted to make.”
Have one last spin below. Download the effort on Bandcamp or call your local record store to see if it’ll carry the cassette.