After several years, two CDs, and some two-dozen shows the Posters are going on indefinite hiatus. This basically means that we will be taking the rest of 2011 off, and will regroup some time in 2012 to plan our next move. That next move may be to play a show or two, or to pick up where we left off and take over the world, or to do nothing and meet again in 2013 to revisit the question. We all still like each other and we all still like music, so it's inevitable that you'll hear from us again before the last chord fades to nothingness.
I'll still post stuff here occasionally when it seems relevant to the musical lives of Posters alums, including any new bands and anything that happens in Posters-land. I also have a lot of video and stuff that I've not posted, mostly one-minute clips of bands we've shared the stage with, so look for that.
When we started The Hilarious Posters we had two very specific goals: to be a band that a lot of people were pretty sure they had heard at some point, and to feel like we were only a few months from finally getting the recognition we deserved. Now that we've reached those goals it's hard to see what more there is to accomplish.
In all seriousness though, I am extremely proud of the work we've done as a band. Our songs are great and our recordings do them justice. About half the time, when we played out, we played majestically. Of course, at about two thirds of our shows there was virtually nobody listening, but on at least two or three occasions we played beautifully to a crowd of people who genuinely cared about what we were doing. I don't think there's anything in the world more satisfying than the way such a moment makes you feel.
But even if all this had demanded only half as much time and effort as it actually did, I would probably still be wondering if it was worth it. Being in a band is an insane amount of fun, but it's an even more insane amount of work, and it's not something that can be kept up indefinitely, week in and week out, by four people who all have non-musical careers about which they are passionate.
The Posters will be back later to play our old songs. Depending upon how we feel then, we might also write some new songs, and play those. If we all then get hit on the head and get amnesia, completely forgetting what it was like to record Cats II, we will record a CD of the new songs.
Thanks to everybody,