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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 who produces four tracks on this debut. Hammond treats the band’s guitar riffs as though they were his own, adding jangle, fuzz, and distortion to roughen up their bubblegum sound. The album also includes eight songs that weren’t produced by Hammond, yet his specter looms large throughout, and the Postelles (who produced the remaining tracks themselves) spend most of their time re-creating Is This It? with scrubbed-up, squeaky-clean results.


Formed: New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Playing propulsive pop tunes with a streetwise energy and rock & roll attitude, the Postelles are a four-piece group born and bred in New York City. Frontman Daniel Balk, lead guitarist David Dargahi, bassist John Speyer, and drummer Billy Cadden all met while they were attending the same high school in the Big Apple; they shared similar interests in music and played in a handful of garage bands, eventually putting the group together during their early college years. In 2007, the Postelles began...
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