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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Postage Era
Fatal Autopsy
Action Driver Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
We get mad at popular "boy" bands for basically re-releasing the same album over and over again, but band after band releases the same punk meets time-changes meets dynamics record and we accept it as okay. Now not everybody out there has to listen to record after record like this, but many of you probably see these bands live or are even in a band like this yourself. It's time to change up the formula a little bit. As you might guess, The Postage Era follow along this heavily traveled road. I don't mean to put that entire burden of other bands on the Postage Era. They may be the only band from Hillsborough, New Jersey to sound like this. It's not all their fault that hundreds of other bands play similar music, but it is definitely something they should be more aware of. Especially in a band that has chops this good. It makes me want to a scream when I hear a band that I know could be all that much better. Hidden in between the same-old-tricks song writing and the yelling away-from-the-mic vocals are some of the most interesting guitars I have heard all year.

These excellent guitars save this album from getting lost somewhere in the back shelves of a used record store. In the seventh song, "amateur night at the apollo eight" we get some guitars that are reminiscent of Polvo (they were real good at bending strings, folks) and this songs kicks off great, unfortunately it breaks down into the same cymbal/yell part that most songs seem to contain. "Greta Drew" starts off great and stays great in and out, but the loud-yell chorus parts flatten the song out. In "The Ballad of Rod and Todd" the band just lets itself go and rips out some incredibly interesting and free -swinging rhythms and sounds. Definitely the albums strongest track, this shows a band that is not afraid to explore spaces not often traveled.

It takes a lot of gumption to take on the Beatles and the Apollo lunar missions in the same album as this band does in their fifth and seventh songs. Why take the words to "Blackbird" by the Beatles and make them into a different song? The Postage Era does this on the album's fifth track, and it just doesn't make sense to me. I mean if you are going to cover a song, cover it. Not that I am the biggest fan of bands putting the standard rocked up pop song on an album, but I think that I like it less when the band uses the words. It just doesn't work.

I am not sure what a fatal autopsy is, but I highly doubt this is what it is. This is more along the lines of an emergency operation. Outwardly the patient doesn't look like he is going to make it, but somewhere inside the vital signs are good and the benevolent guitar gods are probably going to give this band a couple of more chances.

Reviewed by John Steinbacher
The last we heard, Steinbacher was living in Minneapolis.

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