These days—across all types of music—the uprising of the weird artist has taken over. From the cross-dressing antics of pop queen Lady Gaga, to the out there musical approach of Yeasayer and Animal Collective, to even the depths of hip-hop with the swag techniques of Odd Future and Lil B. Where artists use to get by solely on their musical capability, a newfound endearment for the persona surrounding the artist has instead become the make or break point for fans. For acts that—god forbid—dont have drug problems or dress ridiculously, breaking into mainstream success has proved to be a tougher route. It seems that nowadays, not being weird is, well—weird.
In that sense then, consider The Postelles as extremely weird. They all grew up in New York, became best friends and started playing together in high school, and—probably most bizarre—they make straightforward, squeaky-clean rock songs with just their guitars. Crazy right? With the release of their debut self-titled album, this New York quartet has done something we havent seen in quite a long time: make a full record of sunny, polished 60s-tinged ballads with absolutely no gimmicks involved. Using only the simple recipe of guitars and drums paired with lead vocals, The Postelles have created a hoard of infectious summertime music that will get your toes tapping and put a smile on your face.
Comprised of lead singer/guitarist Daniel Balk, lead guitarist David Dargahl, bassist John Speyer, and drummer Billy Cadden, The Postelles work best when a catchy concept is the goal. The album begins with "White Night", which instantly shows off the bands capability to move your feet. Jolting guitar stabs bring you in, while their brand of fun rock and roll pop set the albums pace. Next comes the slow burning number "Sleep On The Dance Floor", which although a tad bit slower, still has that same jamming guitar presence that the first song did. The energy picks up once more on the next track "123 Stop", a bubble gum 60s rock rendition thats overflowing with sweet low-key grooves. This wonderful mesh of jump up pop anthems and melting love ballads continues throughout the entire record, showcasing how much good can come from sticking to conventional musical techniques.
Some may be slightly put off by the albums lack of depth; most songs are done in three minutes and follow somewhat in the same suit. But its that exact lack of decoration that makes The Postelles album a great piece of work. Awash are the overlaying gimmicks and schemes most rock records of today embody. With The Postelles
, you're getting exactly what you hear, no more no less. It's a great record, full of catchy, harmless, singable songs. And despite what modern ways of thinking might incite—thats really all you need.
Be sure to check out our concert video with The Postelles at Rockwood Music Hall