The Postelles Leave Them Wanting More

June 9th, 2011

The Postelles – Mercury Lounge – June 8, 2011

The Postelles are a band that is impossible to dislike. Their ’50s and ’60s influences emerge into a timeless doo-wop feel with a modern twist, and they have a classic feel-good sound that makes both a lady and a fellow shimmy and shake. People were so juiced about the debut release by these New York City gems that the band played two nearly sold-out shows at Mercury Lounge.

Last night’s set was short but oh so sweet and left the crowd craving more. The quartet—Daniel Balk on vocals and guitar, Billy Cadden on drums, David Dargahi on lead guitar and John Speyer on bass—powered through the extreme heat to put on a sizzling show. They blasted off with the ever-catchy “Stella” and maintained momentum and a playful, fun attitude throughout the next 40 minutes. A favorite of the night was their rendition of the Ramones’ “Beat on the Brat.” Not only did they avoid butchering the classic-rock song, but they also added their own flair to it.

Just as the set started off with a bang, it closed on the same high with the dance-y “White Night.” One of the cool things about these guys is that they obviously were enjoying themselves onstage, which makes them that much more loveable. Smiles graced their faces as they played and they often chatted with fans in between songs. “You guys are so quiet!” they joked, when in reality, those in the audience resembled squealing schoolgirls. The guys made the most of the stage too, hamming it up and energetically getting down. —Kristen Ferreira