“Well for one thing, we are all truly born and raised in New York - all delivered in NYC hospitals so we are about as authentic as you can get. I guess we've always been especially drawn to music, and art in general, that originates in our hometown. It always seems to have more power when the music you're listening to is about the streets you walk every day.” says bassist John Speyer.
The band is out on a new tour, this time opening for The Wombats. How is that different for them than their headlining gigs?
“I think when we open we make a conscious decision to play a set designed to make an impact as quickly as possible. You have less time to build up a set,” he says. “We probably shy away from some of our slower material and maybe throw in an extra cover or two in the mix.”
When it comes to songwriting, singer/guitarist Daniel Balk comes to the other guys with an idea; a verse, a chorus, a riff. Then they sort it out together.
“Daniel handles the lyrical side of the band, but I know our first album is very personal to all of us,” says Speyer. “It's basically about the first twenty years of our lives and growing up in New York, failing in and out of love, etc.”
“It's a high compliment to call us an NYC band so I'll definitely take that. I like to think of us as a pure rock and roll band.” he says.
The band is already working on their second album.
“We’ve got about 12 new songs recorded already. Not a day goes by when we don't try something new in soundcheck. We are very much in the songwriting process right now.” says Speyer.
2012 is going to be a big year for The Postelles.
November 10, Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR w The Wombats
November 11, Venue, Vancouver, Canada w The Wombats
November 12 Crocodile Café, Seattle, WA w The Wombats
November 15 The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA w The Kooks
November 16 & 17 Webster Hall, NYC w The Kooks (sold out)
November 19 House of Blues, Boston MA w The Kooks
November 20 930 Club, Washington DC w The Kooks
November 22 Metropolis, Montreal, PQ
November 23 Sound Academy, Toronto, ON w The Kooks
November 25 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH w The Kooks
November 26 The Vic Theater, Chicago IL w The Kooks
November 27 Wolf Den-Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
December 6 Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles CA