Post Emo Records was conceived by Allen Odell and Benjamin Daniel in 2020, when both singer-songwriters realized they were writing the songs they wished others were writing. Having been deeply influenced by musicians whose music fell under the broad (and often ill-defined) label of "emo," they found solace in these artists because they weren't afraid to express relatable sorrow and brokenness honestly and beautifully through their music. These artists all varied in sound from indie rock, to folk, to electronica, to post-hardcore, to pop-punk, to spoken word. But they each carried the same level of inspiration for both aspiring songwriters.
And yet, inspiring as these artists were, there was often a component missing that Allen and Ben found even more relatable: Joy. Not the kind of joy that forgets the storm, but the kind of joy that is hard fought as it faces the storm head on, in hope. This was a kind of joy that many artists who shared their Christian faith sang about, but aside from a precious few, these songs often felt removed from their deepest hurts, just as their favorite songwriters' tales of woe felt removed from their deepest joys. Neither side entirely neglected sorrow or joy, but the level to which both were expressed in tandem felt removed from what they knew: Great sorrow informed by an even greater Redeemer.