Postscript – Postscript


Artist

Album

Postscript

Label

Dead Memory Records (AUS) / Bird Attack Records (US)

Year

2015

Genre

For Fans Of

Pennywise, NOFX

Summary

Simple, honest and loud. Postscript don't revolutionise the genre, but they do remind us of why we fell in love with it.

Rating

70 / 100

The music industry is a cut throat place. If you don’t firmly mark out your territory from the pack, push untapped boundaries and create something truly ‘unique’ (extra points for hard-to-pronounce song titles), then it is all too easy to disappear into the gargantuan void of cyberspace. The result of this equation often goes one of two ways. The first is for bands to try too hard to stand out, producing insignificant, over complicated rubbish that confuses the fickle masses rather than attracting their attention. Then there are the hidden gems. The bands that acknowledge that indeed there are thousands of groups just like them out there all vying for their slice of history. Yet they stick to their guns, do things their own way, and most importantly ENJOY THEMSELVES. Melbourne based skate-punk quartet Postscript are one of the latter, their self-titled, self recorded and self produced album carving out their own place in the world of punk.

Right from opening number ‘Right For Me’, Postscript make their intention clear. This is balls to the wall, no punches held, fast and furious ponk rawk. The opener thrashes about with a fury that will make any pubescent teenager sequel with delight, as well as helping capture the attention of the most seasoned veterans. ‘Who’s to Blame’ keeps the tempo going, with a loud, thumping intro giving way to a slab of furious bay area thrash. ‘The politicians turn their back and walk away// the fabric of society slowly decays’ cry the vocals, a clear indication that Postscript are sticking to their rebellious and disenchanted youthful roots. The band shows here that they don’t want any unnecessary distractions. ‘Sick Generation’, ‘Oath of Office’ and ‘3995’ are about as straight ahead as punk rock gets. ‘3995’ particularly stands out with its hooky, Bad Religion-esque harmonies, coupled with its structural simplicity. Rather than attempt to dazzle audiences with their ’new and innovative ideas’, Postscript remind us of the simple joy that the power-chord contains. The aforementioned and the engaging ‘Blind Faith’ don’t stray unnecessarily from this path, the result being a breath of fresh air.

Of course, for the avid music listener, 11 tracks of down-the-line punk can be hard to digest in one go. While each song holds its own, the group doesn’t take things too much further than energetic concerns. This being said, what these songs may lack in dynamic is made up through this pure energy and the drive that each track presents. ‘Sovereign Borders’ maintains a furious groove, without spinning out of control, while ‘Unsocial Media’ shifts between straight ahead grooves and thrashing rhythms, ensuring that the listener doesn’t even stop to think about catching their breath. The bogan accented statistics about social media use in Australia also provide an interesting quirk, showcasing the band’s determination to communicate their message across to their audience by any means possible. In addition to the energy of the album, Postscript have also achieved an excellent standard of recording for a self- produced LP. Each song is crystal clear, with a healthy mix of chugging guitars, grumbling basses and strong drums to accompany the crisp vocal delivery.

Conclusion

Postscript’s debut LP is an easy listen, and a whole heap of fun. In a world fraught with bands sweating over how they can be ’new’, Postscript remind us that often some guitars, a drum set and a microphone are all you need to create engaging, energetic and enjoyable tunes. A simple yet pleasing debut.

Tracklisting

1) Right For Me

2) Who’s to Blame

3) Oath of Office

4) Lost Generation

5) Twisted Youth

6) 3995

7) Blind Faith

8) Sovereign Borders

9) Unsocial Media

10) Question Everything

11) Not The Same

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