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MP3 of the Day #361: The Postelles

 
By on Monday, 18th July 2011 at 10:00 am
 

The Postelles released their debut last month, but they’re not satisfied resting on their laurels. No, the boys from New York City decided to cover the unlikeliest of songs: the Smiths’ ‘Ask’. Now, as a devoted Smiths fan, I imagined this could have gone terribly, terribly wrong. Seriously, who can match the flirty, sexual ambiguity of Morrissey’s vocals? But the Postelles gave the Smiths gem their own spin and it’s fab. Download it in exchange for your email address below.

And yes, coyness is nice…

 

Album Review: The Postelles – The Postelles

 
By on Wednesday, 22nd June 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

The Postelles‘ self-titled album is fun. I could really stop there, because that is the best way to epitomise what this record and what this band is about. They are fun, unashamedly fun. From first song ‘White Night’ to album closer ‘She She’ ,this indie four-piece encompasses the same kind of 60’s summer vibe that Vampire Weekend have done so successfully.

Lead singer Daniel Balk has already found the perfect way to project a smile on anyone’s face. His voice drips with boyish charms and you can just imagine he’d be the kind of rock star who you could let meet your parents after the first date. Combine his boyish charm with the twanging guitars of David Dargahi, the toe-tappingly spot on drums of Billy Cadden and the clever bass grooves of John Speyer and well, you’ve got 12 songs of summer indie pop gold.

‘White Night’ epitomizes everything this album is all about, it’s oozing with the kind of cheese-ridden hooks that you would expect from Chris Martin, yet it still manages to sound cool and far less generic than their mainstream counterparts. The strength of this album is by far its radio friendliness and the fact that if you heard any of the first 7 songs coming on in your car and had heard them at least once before they are instantly recognizable as “The Postelles”, that for a band still in its genesis I ‘d say that is pretty good going by any standards.

The record slows down around ‘Hey Little Sister’ and sadly, this is where ‘The Postelles’ lose their charm. they aren’t Alex Turner writing ‘Humbug’ yet: you need to write your ‘Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, then maybe from there they can do their ‘Humbug’. That said though, the lull doesn’t completely ruin the album, it just stops it from being a good finished article.

The building blocks are there for these boys, they just need time to grow as a band in my opinion. Their first stint touring this record in the UK will see to that. But will these boys be turning into men anytime soon?

7/10

‘The Postelles’ is out now on +1 Records.

 

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.

 

Video of the Moment #460: The Postelles

 
By on Saturday, 23rd April 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Here’s an acoustic version of ‘Hold On’ performed by lead singer Daniel Balk that the Postelles filmed as an impromptu video on a Midwest roadside. They’re on the top of my list of favourite American bands and if you haven’t given them a try yet, good news: their debut album will be released on the 7th of June on +1 Records, the same record label that brought you the Morning Benders.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/13403575[/vimeo]

 

Video of the Moment #428: The Postelles

 
By on Friday, 11th March 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

The Postelles have made a music video for my favourite song by them, ‘Sleep on the Dance Floor’. Reminds me of this Frankie and the Heartstrings video for ‘Tender’: a band gigging for their dance-loving fans. Love both.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G63e6_wt_DQ[/youtube]

 

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.

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