Poster Children is a band formed at the University of Illinois in 1987. This band uses rock styles of many different genres to create an amazing, underrated sound that I think you’ll enjoy.
Albums: Toreador Squat (1988), Daisychain Reaction (1991), Flower Power (1991), Tool of the Man (1993), Just like You (1994, EP), Junior Citizen (1995), RTFM (1997), New World Record (1999), DDD (2000), No More Songs About Sleep And Fire (2004), On The Offensive (2004, EP)
Labels: Frontier, Reprise, Sire/Warner Bros., spinART, Hidden Agenda
Genres: Alternative rock, indie rock, punk rock, post-hardcore
Q: Tell us about the band’s members.
A: Currently the band is me (Rick) on guitar and vocals, Rose on bass and vocals, Jim on guitar and Matt on drums.
Q: What bands/singers do you admire?
A: I admire bands/musicians that have pushed forward throughout their careers – Mission of Burma, Wire, Nick Cave
Q: What do you think are good things to sing about?
A: I write a lot of songs about politics. I don’t know if that’s a good thing but it’s what I wind up writing about.
Q: Why do you want to sing about these things?
A: I guess it’s because there are already plenty of love songs so it’s easier to write about everything else.
Q: What image do you want your music to convey?
A: The band is all about energy, at least when it comes to live shows. We’ve tried to capture that energy on records to varying levels of success.
Q: What are your career goals in the next 1 to 3 years?
A: We’re going to make a new record!
Q: If you don’t mind me asking, what’s the hardest thing your band has been through? It’s okay if you’d rather not say.
A: I think the hardest thing is when we’ve lost or had to replace a member of the band. It can be as intense as a couple breaking up but we always seem to survive and it helps us reinvent ourselves.
Q: How did you guys meet?
A: Rose and I met in college at the University of Illinois and started playing in bands together. After a while we stopped changing the band name when we got a new member and just kept calling ourselves Poster Children. Jim is my brother, so I’ve know him all his life. And Matt tried out for the band once when he was in high school and we didn’t want to ruin his academic future so we didn’t let him join the band but the next time we needed a drummer, he had graduated college and so we let him in!
Q: What do you think about your fanbase?
A: I feel like we know most of our fans by name. It’s a small group of folks who like the band but also know each other pretty well. A lot of them are in bands and hang out together. They might have connected through seeing our band but they’ve built a community beyond our band.
Q: When things go downhill, such as your music, friendships, etc., how do you handle that?
A: I think that’s what the music is for – to help with the times when other things go downhill. We’ve always tried to preserve the band and music so that it never becomes a bad thing or a business thing. That’s really helped a lot.
Q: Who would you like to collaborate with?
A: The band itself is a pretty intense collaboration – the four of us work on the songs together so there’s not a lot of room for other people in the process. But on a broader level, it’s always great to play shows and tours with other like-minded musicians/bands. That’s kind of like a collaboration – seeing and being inspired by another band every night.
Q: As an artist, how would you define success?
A: I’ve always thought about being 70 years old and having a bunch of records I’ve made on a shelf and not being too embarassed by them or at least if there’s something embarassing, it’s an embarassment that I was in full control of, rather than something that was done to please someone else. I guess that’s my definition of success. Being able to make the art you want without compromise.
Please check them out, you won’t regret it!
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