Post Blue - I Hope They're praying for me 12"
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Postblue describe themselves as a ‘sadrock’ band from Byron Bay. It’s probably a little bit self-deprecating, but it couldn’t be a more accurate description for their latest album I Hope They’re Praying For Me – in the most complimentary way possible.
I Hope They’re Praying For Me – due out on March 21 – owes a lot to shoegaze-y, indie-rock forerunners like The Pixies or the very early low-fi emo of The Promise Ring or early Get Up Kids. It’s an unpretentious call back to the self-consciously earnest and kind of depressing alt-rock of the ’90s.
Postblue, a trio of guys (also, what is it with Byron Bay? Are they just breeding indie bands up there now?), have managed to put together a really good album full of old school melancholy grunge. Guitarist/vocalist Riley McEvoy crafts a dense, overwhelming wall of sound and layers with his fuzzy, slightly whiney vocals while drummer/sound engineer Joe Paine mixes the tracks superbly for a clean yet noisy, post-grunge sound.
None of this is to say that I Hope They’re Praying For Me is an album free of flaws. It can be hard record to listen to all the way through in one sitting. It’s a little overpowering and maybe just a little bit too mopey for extended listens, so it does need to be broken up into chunks. Being pretty shoegaze, it doesn’t really change tempo all that much over the course of the album, with the bounciest song being first track – and first single – ‘Ugly’, which is a really engaging opener, but it doesn’t necessarily matter all the much if you’re a fan of this style of music.