Release Date: Jun 7, 2011
Record label: +1
Like the coolest kids at the sock hop, the Postelles play mid-century rock & roll with a hipster twist, modeling their melodies after Buddy Holly one minute and Elvis Costello the next. It’s a 1950s sound filtered through New York City’s 21st century indie scene, but the Postelles don’t bridge the gap themselves as much as take their cues from the Strokes, who all but perfected this sound ten years ago. The comparisons between both groups are strengthened by Strokes' guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr., an early champion of the Postelles, and who produces four tracks on this debut.
During the past few years, Brooklyn has established itself as the place for things musically interesting and new, the dynamo borough teaming with sounds that spawns a new genre everyday. But the four members of the Postelles are from Manhattan, and they’ve reached decades into the past for their sound. The band’s self-titled debut is a collection of 12 polished but bare-bones guitar pop songs, heavily influenced by retro bookmarks like Television, Elvis Costello and the Beatles’ early stuff.