Traffic Reporter Eric Grubbs Is Way More Emo Than You Could Ever Be
It was, oh, two and a half years ago now, that we heard last from Dallasite Eric Grubbs about that status of his book Post: An Anthology of American Post-Hardcore, 1985-2007.
Well, now comes this news: Grubbs, who spends the bulk of his time broadcasting area traffic reports for a couple radio stations around town, has finally finished--and published--Post, a full four-and-a-half years after he started writing it in March of 2004.
"Why it took so long to come out was for various reasons," Grubbs says. "Lots of research, finding all the people I could for interviews, and editing. It was like graduate school, but a fun kind of graduate school program."
The emo-centric tome, takes a surprisingly serious look at a genre most audiophiles scoff at, breaking down its chapters by focusing on the legacies of various labels and influential genre acts: Dischord Records, Jawbox, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker, Braid, The Promise Ring, Hot Water Music, The Get Up Kids, At the Drive-In, Jimmy Eat World.
"Each chapter focuses more on the band members rather than the music itself," Grubbs says. "If there's one book I'd compare its structure to, it's Michael Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life."
And Grubbs isn't the only one who places his effort in such lofty esteem--the product info that accompanies the book's Amazon.com page quotes Revolver and Alternative Press writer Aaron Burgess as putting the two books in the same category.