I was fortunate enough to catch The Postelles open for The Wombats a couple weeks back, but I was hesitant to mention them in my original review, not for lack of talent, but rather I didn’t think a brief mention would do the band justice. I was fortunate to see them last night at The Vic and they confirmed what I had originally thought: they are worth more then a few brief lines as an after-thought.
The Vic, as a venue is one of my favorites, not only because shooting there is always awesome, but from a fans perspective, the main floor is layered in tiered heights, which allows for each area to have a great view. In addition to the main floor, there is also a balcony with seats that adds to its old theater feel. I was able to hide out by the nearby bar and people watch. I found myself on the lowest level on the floor surrounded by highly obnoxious youngsters, who easily could have been dropped off at this sold out show by their parents since they weren’t old enough for an ID yet. However, a couple levels up, the crowd dynamic matured to couples in their thirties. One of the security guards and I tried to figure out what type of fan was here for which band, but by the time The Postelles had taken the stage, we had yet to come to any conclusion. The only apparent connection we had was that this heavily female crowd was loving these all male bands.
Shrieking girls welcomed the band to the stage as they played several songs off their self-titled debut. These boys are a good time and they know it. There is a hint of cockiness that is borderline enduring/obnoxious, but as much as I want to hold it against them, they have every reason to be confident.
Sometimes a perk of seeing a band live is their ability to sound different then their studio albums, however when it comes to these fellas, their performance sounds just as clear and precise live as it did recorded, which to say, is very impressive. While they apologized for being too drunk, since it was their last night on tour with The Kooks, they took this Chicago stage as if it was their own living room. They gave the crowd a chance to choose either an Elvis or a Ramones cover and while The Ramones were chosen, I feel the cover was lost on younger fans in the crowd who seemed to lose interest during it. All and all, I wouldn’t be surprised if the New York City natives were the band that popped up at every big festival next year as well as an appearance or two on a commercial along the way. Their next album will showcase if they have the power to grow, but as they played a new not recorded song last night I couldn’t help but already see a growth that I can only assume will continue.Check out the up coming tour dates for The Postelles as well as both Yawn and The Kooks who are continuing the tour and headed out west.