Labels: Dead Canary Records/ Wild Frontier Recording
Genre: Rock / Alternative Country / Americana
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
For Fans Of: Jason Isbell, Uncle Tupelo, Bottle Rockets, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Lucero, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Lilly Hiatt
Lou Poster is the son of a 3rd generation West Virginia coal miner, and a twenty-four year veteran of the Columbus OH music scene. After fronting the ear-crushing cowpunk band Grafton for nearly two decades, he has decided to explore the more melodic side of his country roots, combining murder ballads and introspective reflection with tales of lost love, addiction, loneliness and displacement, all from a truly unique perspective. He has the ability to deliver a moving narrative that can be read on multiple levels and showcases his gifted storytelling with the help of some of Ohio's finest musicians. The result hits the sweet spot where the guitar crunch of Crazy Horse and The Drive-By Truckers meets the storyteller songwriting of Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle.
Lou Poster..................Vocals, Guitar
David Murphy...........Drums, Backing Vocals
Jess Kauffman………..Bass, Backing Vocals
Regan Tonti...............Backing Vocals, Percussion
All Songs By Lou Poster/Drift Mouth
“Drift Mouth’s debut is packed full of crunch and swagger, and just the right touch of grit in its production. ‘Little Patch of Sky’ is a promising debut and a perfect argument against anyone who believes the tired old phrase, “they don’t make good rock and roll anymore.” -Americana UK
"...a band finding modern in classic country sounds."
- Richard Sanford, Columbus Underground
"cathartic...soul stirring...like talking to Ken Burns and Breece D'J Pancake simultaneously." - Kevin J Elliott, 614 Magazine
Originally conceived as a retirement gift for Lou Poster's father upon his completion of 37 years mining for Consolidation Coal in West Virginia, the first recording that would become the foundation for Drift Mouth was made in 2006. Poster and drummer Brad Swiniarski had met playing shows together in previous bands (Poster in Grafton, Swiniarski in Bob City, the Means, Bigfoot) but had never worked together in a writing/recording environment. The result was a collection of covers (Dark as a Dungeon) and originals (Loveridge is Burning) that captured a modern yet decidedly time-arrested feel, like an old photograph that somehow hasn't faded or yellowed. As sometimes happens with projects like these, once the sessions were finished the completed work was delivered to its intended audience of one, and shelved for later. Eight years later, as it turns out.
After several years of touring and recording with Grafton, Poster was looking for a different kind of project. He had already formed the Ferals with Lara Yazvac (Tough and Lovely) and Victoria Mahnke. As the Ferals schedule slowed down in 2013, he approached Swiniarski about reviving their collaboration.
As the conversations turned into practices, more pieces were added to the group: Marc Spurgeon (formerly of Greenhorn), Craig Davidson, Josh “Roscoe” Draher, and Regan Tonti. More ideas were invited in, and the sounds grew to include multi-part harmonies and layered guitars. Over the years, inevitable lineup changes have taken place—in 2016 bass was picked up by Eric Johnson, and later in 2019 by Jess Kauffman of Mobile Home, while drums have been taken over by David Murphy, formerly of Two Cow Garage. Marc Spurgeon left the group in 2019, spurring Poster into the dual rhythm and lead guitar role.
How the band's sound has developed is a testament to the musical abilities of some of Columbus Ohio’s finest talent; it has grown to embrace elements of punk fuzz and bombast that the players know so intuitively, yet is still well-stocked on the malaise and unique mindset of Appalachian and Midwest small town denizens, and has not lost touch with the more intimate side of storytelling. From the opening-track hooks of WAKE YOU UP and STARLING to the lovelorn laments THE PRETTIEST GIRL OF ALL TIME and THIS PART OF TOWN, this collection of songs represents the opening salvo from a band that celebrates its rock and roll roots by digging with pick and shovel in the soil on which they feed. And it’s about time.
"Little Patch of Sky" LP was released April 2018 on Dead Canary Records, and re-released October 2018 by Wild Frontier Recording Company, an imprint of Creep Records, Philadelphia PA.