Geoffrey Wilson and Hannah Jensen are native Minnesotans who didn't meet until they had each moved to Brooklyn, New York. Now they are the core of a band called Jus Post Bellum, which takes its inspiration from the Civil War.
The name Jus Post Bellum is Latin for "Justice after war." The band identifies with a group of Brooklynites who prefer Southern music, heritage clothing and a homespun vibe to shiny computers and auto-tuned vocals.
Wilson, who majored in American studies in college, writes the songs. He says he's not a Civil War buff, but found a "good creative outlet" in the war and its times. "I was looking for a way to write narratives and personal feeling narratives, but weren't just a guy writing songs about his own life," he says.
Wilson and Jensen, without the other members of the band, have come home for the holidays and perform tonight at the Aster Cafe in Minneapolis. We hear a preview today on The Daily Circuit.