The Postelles plan to shake Mickey Finn’sWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Postelles, who have opened for Vampire Weekend, fun. and Kings of Leon, are headlining at Mickey Finn’s Pub Feb. 26.
Singer Daniel Balk said the band is working out a set list that is a little different.
“When you’re opening for a band, you’re looking to win over the crowd,” Balk said. “It can be horrible being an opening band and when a crowd just wants to hear the headlining band, they hate you. But it also can be fun because you try to win over the people and that can be exciting in a different way.”
Even still, he said he learned a lot from bands they’ve opened for.
“Every tour we learned something new,” Balk said. “We toured [with] The Kooks last year and we learned a lot about the way that they put together a set list. They would come out and sort of get in your face with the catchiest songs then they break it down and do a little acoustic set. I mean, at the end of the show you felt like you’ve seen three different concerts. It was really interesting to watch them live every night.”
Balk said his favorite act The Postelles opened for was Chuck Berry.
“That was like a dream come true,” Balk said. “He’s one of our idols. It was definitely the coolest to fill up a club and say ‘this is the night we’re opening for the guy who created all this.’”
Balk said when headlining, you can play more new songs, which is what they plan to do. The show will be a first taste of their new album “… And It Shook Me,” out April 23. The album was recorded in New Jersey and New York, and took two years to complete. It was influenced mostly by Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones, Balk said.
Balk said the album will be a little less aggressive than their debut.
“This record is a little more relaxed,” Balk said. “It’s a little more layered, a little more thought out. You can tell there was a lot more of a vibe with the second record.”
Balk said the band was excited to go back into the studio after three years of touring.
“The first time, we hadn’t done much touring, if any,” Balk said. “The second record, we knew everything that we wanted to do and achieve and we were a lot more confident in the studio, for sure.”
The Postelles have gotten attention from Rolling Stone magazine, which printed they “sound like the wound-up early hours of what will be a long Saturday night on the town.”
“It’s funny, you go from reading a kid’s blog on a website or reading Rolling Stone, and to be honest, they both feel good,” Balk said. “Any positive words from a person writing it always feels good no matter where it’s written.”
Tickets for the show can be purchased at Shaking Street, Culture Clash and Rama Lama Records.