CD REVIEW: The Mailman's Children - Supply and Demand
by: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist/Band: The Mailman’s Children
Supply and Demand
Ambient Rock, Alternative Rock, Ambient Pop
Weakness: Short Sided CD
The Mailman’s Children (TMC), known as a “North American-based” rock band, is stationed out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA. Front man Eric Labossiere resides a few hours away in Minneapolis, MN, USA. One year after the birth of TMC in 2000, songwriter and lead vocalist Labossiere had recruited the musician line-up that remains to this day: Joel Couture (Joe C) on bass, Joel Perreault (Joe P) on lead electric guitar and backing vocals, and Eddie Vesely on drums and electronics. TMC has done numerous TV and radio appearances, and toured much of North America. Capable of turning on their rock show or falling back on their acoustic charm, they’ve played with a variety of acts over the years to include Wide Mouth Mason, Pushing Daisies, The Northern Pikes, Mark Reeves, Sass Jordan, Sinclair, Alannah Myles, Keith and Renee, Sonic Bloom, Leaderhouse, Roller, Ben Darvill of The Crash Test Dummies and more.
The CD kicks things off with Track 1 “Undercover” a rock steady prelude of sorts that’s serves up methodical musical ambience, driving rock rhythm and emotional vocal delivery from Labossiere. Track 2 “Crazy Without It” serves up an impressive fallow-up statement that dishes out melodic phrasing, panted against dynamic musical flow and an impressive culmination of guitar, voice and harmonies for a grand slam chorus. Track 3 “Do You Wanna be Right” keeps things moving with heartfelt vocal delivery, via well placed rhythm guitar and thought provoking lyrical content that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Radiohead, Live, Death Cab for Cutie and even Kings of Leon to Better than Ezra. The music has everything you would expect from a dynamic Alternative/Progressive Rock CD, but also touches straight up Rock that’s quite dynamic and melodic. The style of the music is highly original and refuses to be pinned down the first listen. The vocals are impressive, compelling and push the emotional envelope and imagination. The rhythm guitar ambience is spot on, very melodic and dynamic and the vocal phrasing and musical flow is highly creative. I didn’t fail to notice a few impressive guitar solos layered along the way. Impressive rather guitar as well. The overall vocal style from Labossiere work extremely well with the confine of this progressive rock catalogue and his melodic phrasing and lyrics are effective. By track 4 the CD hits solid stride dishing out many impressive songs in a row. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. From heartfelt “Walls Have Ears” to grooving Anger At It’s Best” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 6 “Lately” is the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
CD is a bit short with its 6 song line-up. Perhaps 4-5 more tracks are needed to make it a fully loaded CD line up. I'm not a fan of the title of the CD Not so sure I get the message with respect to it's overall theme and how it applies to this catalogue of music either..
This latest release The Mailman’s Children is a strong and consistent musical statement from start to finish. Its strength – the strong song for song consistency, progressive dynamics and strong melodic structure that keeps coming at you. The music is catchy, melodic, and highly original. What else can I say?