The Music Box: The Postelles Self-Titled Debut

Track Listing:

  1. White Night
  2. Sleep On The Dance Floor
  3. 123 Stop
  4. Boy’s Best Friend
  5. Can’t Stand Still
  6. Hold On
  7. Stella
  8. Hey Little Sister
  9. Whisper Whisper
  10. Blue Room
  11. She She

The Band: One of the first shows this New York City based quartet played was in its own backyard at the legendary CBGB and growing up in and around the birthplace of American Punk-Rock has rubbed off on this uncomputerized, stripped down, no frills Rock N’ Roll band.

The Postelles are a captivating mix of The Ramones, ’60s Motown, long nights in the city, and The Strokes, and Robert Hammond Jr. has taken an interest, co-producing four tracks the band’s self-titled debut.

Release Date: 10/12/10

The Review: The Postelle’s self-titled debut is truly a musical marvel.  In the era of strange synths and software altered music that we reside, where Pop-Rock means Weezer getting in bed with Weezy, this band has managed to stay true to its roots and the sounds associated with that upbringing, while creating a record full of sugary-sweet ear candy sung over Garage-Rock instrumentals.

Setting the table on this 11-track collection of simplistic and melodic Rock N’ Roll are a pair of songs that made the transition from the band’s White Night EP, “Sleep On The Dance Floor” and “White Night,” the latter, a song about the foursome growing up fast and living even faster in the big city, is one of the first tunes the rock collective ever wrote and has been chosen as the lead single.  The Postelles have recently shot a VIDEO for the track and it’s this song that should catapult the group up the charts.

(Download the “White Night” for free)

However, it’s the shortest song on the record, “123 Stop,” that hooks the listener for the long haul.  Sitting in the three hole, it’s unsatisfying 2:30 run-time forces you to keep it on constant rotation in hopes of relieving the thirst you’ve developed.  Don’t be surprised if you never catch that dragon, I haven’t.

“123 Stop” by The Postelles

The major theme on this album is love, more directly how it can be lost, unattainable, or unsustainable.  Sometimes the situation is comedic as in “Boy’s Best Friend,” a song, according to guitarist David Dargahi, inspired by the very true story of front-man Daniel Balk and drummer Billy Cadden’s interest in the same girl…who turned out to be a lesbian.  “On the first night that I met her,” sings Balk, “I could tell she was my type/Then she told that she’s kissed the lips of girls I like…”

“Boys Best Friend” by The Postelles

Other times the feeling is much more melancholy as in the syrupy “Hold On,” where Balk utters my favorite line of the entire record, and one of the most heart-wrenching sentences I’ve ever heard: “There’s 20 broken lights where you used to sleep/which means there’s 20 things about you I’ll never see.”  It may not appear to be much now, but listen in context and you will know what I mean.

There’s also the upbeat tear inducer “Can’t Stand Still,” where Balk pleads “Baby go where you want to go/But don’t leave me here lonely on my own.”

There are a number of other tunes that deal with this dreary subject matter but the song writing is done in such a way that I can’t stop turning up the volume and playing them on a loop.  I am incapable of getting passed the guitar hooks and melodic pipe work, and this has led to a disturbing discovery about myself: These beautiful compositions have blinded me to the fact that I’m unable to stop singing another person’s depression.  It’s sick, but true.

In that sense, The Postelles first full-length studio effort is comparable to Nirvana’s Nevermind, and the scary thing is, this New York collective’s sound is much more accessible and the band more socially acceptable than Cobain and company.

The combination of these wonderful compositions, the listener’s ability to relate to the music, and societal acceptance has left me expecting big things to come of this album and The Postelles.

Rating: This album currently sits as my favorite of 2010.  There are no weaknesses in this compilation and if a higher score was available I would give it…5/5

About rote7123

Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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