The Hardship Post

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The Hardship Post
OriginSt. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
GenresIndie rock
Years active1992 – 1997
LabelsSub Pop
Associated actsJale
Past membersSebastian Lippa
Mike Pick
Matt Clarke
Alyson MacLeod
Mike Kean

The Hardship Post was a Canadian alternative rock band, that formed in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1992 and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, during the Halifax Pop Explosion of the early 1990s.[1]

The band originally consisted of vocalist and guitarist Sebastian Lippa, bassist Mike Kean and drummer Matt Clarke.[2] Initially signed to Murderecords,[3] they released the EPs Mood Ring and Hack in 1993, and undertook their first cross-Canada tour to support the recordings.[4] Mike Pick would replace Kean on bass in mid-1993.

In late 1994, they signed to Sub Pop,[5] which released their full-length album Somebody Spoke in 1995.[6] Around that time Clarke left the band, and was replaced by Alyson MacLeod of Jale.[7]

Hardship Post won as Best Alternative Band at the 1994 East Coast Music Awards,[8] and were nominated for the same award in 1996.[9] At the Juno Awards of 1996, Somebody Spoke was a nominee for Best Alternative Album.[10]

The band broke up in 1997.[11]


  • 1992: Sugarcane (7" single)
  • 1993: Mood Ring
  • 1993: Hack (EP)
  • 1994: Why Don't You and I Smooth Things Over (7" single)

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1995: Somebody Spoke


  1. ^ "Hardship Post delivers lean sound". Ottawa Citizen, June 8, 1995.
  2. ^ "Grungy Newfoundland trio poised to steal Christmas". Toronto Star, December 16, 1993.
  3. ^ "Sloan tucks Thrush Hermit under wing". Ottawa Citizen, September 2, 1993.
  4. ^ "The Rock is a hard place for bands like Hardship Post; But young rockers still call Newfoundland home". Montreal Gazette, August 12, 1993.
  5. ^ "Halifax new hothouse for hip bands". Ottawa Citizen, September 30, 1993.
  6. ^ "The Hardship begins: The Newfoundland trio in The Hardship Post have finished thinking about their future. Now, they're living it." Halifax Daily News, June 11, 1995.
  7. ^ "Crime seems to pay -- at least when it comes to copyrights". Halifax Daily News, August 18, 1995.
  8. ^ "Rankins dominate awards". Montreal Gazette, February 14, 1994.
  9. ^ "Nominees for the East Coast Music Awards". The Globe and Mail, February 8, 1996.
  10. ^ "Cheers and jeers for Juno nominees". Edmonton Journal, February 1, 1996.
  11. ^ "Lippa abandons rock with `cathartic' show". Halifax Daily News, July 31, 1997.