Release Date: May 6, 2016
Record label: Lojinx
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop
Thirty years after Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow started working together, the Posies have evolved from a great pop band into a terrific part-time job. Auer and Stringfellow each have enough going on that the band has ceased to be a full-time concern. But when they do get together and make new music, they do so with impressive commitment and enthusiasm.
Washington’s alt.power-poppers back with their eighth. When The Posies played at London’s 100 Club last month, tracks from 1993’s joyous Frosting On The Beater featured heavily at the nuts end of the set. The album, a power-pop gem glistening through the Puget Sound murk, was both milestone and millstone, a classic by which every subsequent release would be judged.
For years, the Posies were one of the most consistent bands in the world. They weren’t always the best band in the world, save for the year when Frosting on the Beater came out and every good fan of power-pop rightly lost their mind over how staggeringly brilliant that album was. Still, you could always count on how Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow were going to sound.
An archetypical power pop combo, the Posies ought to be much bigger than they are. For one thing, they embody everything that the power pop legions aspire to — vibrant melodies, effusive harmonies and a teeming dynamic that pulls their listeners in and then holds them spellbound until the songs reach their conclusion. For another, they’ve been around so long that they’ve become role models for all the aspiring ensembles that have tried to follow in their wake.