What are the ingredients required to compile a Strokes clone? Do they hail from New York City? Check. Jangly guitar riffs? Check. Sporting scruffy five o’clock shadows? Check. Does Albert Hammond, Jr of The Strokes produce (some of) the album? Check.
The Postelles have done their homework and their debut is a throwback to 60s bands like The Kinks, while at the same time maintaining the modern, garage rock sound that propelled The Strokes to stardom. With upbeat, catchy songs about cocaine abuse, girls who don’t put out, and super hot lesbians, the songs are contrived but a lot of fun.