Quickfire Questions #9: Daniel Balk of the Postelles

By on Tuesday, 24th May 2011 at 12:00 pm

The Postelles, one of my few favourite American bands, are getting ready to release their self-titled debut album on the 7th of June. So before their baby is released to the wild, we asked Daniel Balk, lead singer and guitarist of the band, to answer our Quickfire Questions and he obliged. Would you be surprised that a Radiohead song makes him cry? Read the rest of his answers below.

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
Listening to The Beatles – ‘Rocky Raccoon’ while I had a fever when I was really young. I remember it taking my mind off of not feeling well.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
Mozart – ‘Symphony No. 25 in G Minor’

3. What song makes you laugh?
Third Eye Blind – ‘Semi-Charmed Life’

4. What song makes you cry?

Radiohead – ‘Fake Plastic Trees’

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Elvis Costello – ‘Alison’

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
John Lennon – ‘How Do You Sleep?’

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Blur – ‘Blue Jeans’

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Woody Allen.

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d be a drummer.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
I was going to say The Beatles – ‘White Album’ or The Rolling Stones – ‘Exile on Main Street’ but those are double albums (against TGTF rules). So, I’ll go with George Harrison – ‘All Things Must Pass’, because it is the most underrated album of all time and it is a triple album!!! It’s Phil Spector’s best-produced album and the musicians who played on the record are unbelievable. Everyone should listen to that record.

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