Steal This Track from Post ParadiseBy Josh Johnson | May 13th, 2013 | No Comments »
Mother’s Day is over, and we can go back to blaming her for our shortcomings while we steal music. This week, we’ve got power pop from Post Paradise.
When a cello is featured prominently in pop music, it tends to take over like a diva. The music gets categorized as baroque-something, and one can hardly describe the band without first mentioning the cello, as we are doing here. But the cello is such a popular instrument these days that it’s about time we pull it from the pedestal and in to the ensemble. Fort Collins quartet Post Paradise does just that.
On “Digging Secrets,” the band’s sophomore release, the cello is on equal footing with radio-ready vocals, indie rock riffs, and some really driving bass lines. That’s not to say there aren’t gorgeous, cello-focused moments. But like a lead guitar gets to shine when the time is right, so here with the cello. The sum is not a classical music hybrid, rather straight forward pop-rock that draws influence from various sounds. The band weaves through Brit power pop to prog rock to riffs that remind us of Trey Anastasio, as with the opening guitar on “Call Me Out,” available for download below.
The album will debut on May 18 with a show at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins, followed by a performance at Larimer Lounge on May 19 at the Monroe Monroe BBQ Show. Post Paradise has built a reputation as a live band with a stellar light show, and it’s true that the music translates better live than recorded. Check out the below video for the title track, recorded at Denver’s So And So Studios.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration.
Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. He’s also studying to be a butcher. Seriously.