Live Review: The Postelles with Dinosaur Bones and Snowmine at Red Palace, Washington, DC – 12th February 2011

By on Wednesday, 16th February 2011 at 2:00 pm

Unlike English towns with better transit options (London) or easy walkable size (Manchester), Washington, DC suffers from venues often being off the beaten path. This explains how I managed to get lost several times this past weekend on the way to see one of my favourite American bands, the Postelles, play a headlining gig at Red Palace on H Street Northeast. They were my favourite live act of 2010 (last September, you can read the review here), and they delivered another brilliant set Saturday night.

The first opener for the evening were Toronto’s Dinosaur Bones. They played a somewhat confusing mix of post-grunge and rock that worked better when they played up tempo numbers. Maybe I am getting cynical in my old age but I’ve outgrown Staind, Creed and other similar sounding ’90s acts. ‘Royalty’ was the standout track of their set for me.

Next were fellow New Yorkers Snowmine, who played a more interesting amalgamation of tropical dance and psych pop – crashing guitars and lots of maracas, really, how can you go wrong? Instead of songs with warnings (‘Danger in the Snow!’) I preferred their blend of world pop and synths, kind of like if Bear in Heaven and Cut Copy had a love child.

But I was there for the Postelles. Like Two Door Cinema Club, the Postelles are a band I knew and loved for their sound on recordings long before I had ever seen them live. I’m very happy to announce that their self-titled debut album will be available very soon (in fact, physical copies were on sale at this DC gig). In my interview with them last September, they told me they were chuffed when Zane Lowe played one of their tracks on Radio1, which is great because more people need to know about them. They remind me of the Beatles because they write amazing pop songs; instrumentally, they’re spot on; but also they’re very funny, witty blokes who could turn any frown into a smile. Their music has gotten me out of some dark times lately, which I will always be grateful for.

The DC crowd reaction was amazing; it took a little while to get people warmed up but by the end, arms were in the air and everyone was dancing. The energy was just incredible. My favourite, ‘Sleep on the Dance Floor’, with its amazing guitar works and singalong chorus, didn’t disappoint. But I have to say I’ll always have a soft spot for the cover of the Ramones‘ ‘Beat on the Brat’ they did on this night. Why? After one bashful girl waved off singer Daniel Balk’s offer of a microphone, he put it right in front of my face for a duet. Well, please know your dutiful editor is not one to pass up such an opportunity! And should you ever get the chance to see the Postelles live, I can guarantee you a brilliant time.

Set lists and photos after the cut.

Dinosaur Bones Photos:

Snowmine Photos:

The Postelles Set List:
Bum Bum Bum (new song)
Looking Glass
1, 2, 3 Stop
She She
Hey Little Sister
Hound Dog (Elvis Presley cover)
Running Red Lights (new song)
Sleep on the Dance Floor
White Night
Boy’s Best Friend
Beat on the Brat (Ramones cover)

The Postelles Photos:

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