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"WZZO & BROWN DAUB Hook Up with POSTAL to Give Blood"

by BriAnna Kehler

WZZO & BROWN DAUB Hook Up with POSTAL to Give Blood
and Break the Boredom in the Lehigh Valley

Trying to find new and different things to experience each month can be difficult. Breaking the comfortable rut that boredom rules is never an easy thing to do. Finding new bands to listen to in a local area when you are just settling in here yourself can be hard. I've just moved back here not too long ago myself and so I'm always on a look-out for someone new to hear.
This month it was pretty easy to find Postal, a four piece band singing their way down from Bangor, PA. I received a note on my Myspace from one of their faithful fans that they were going to be in Bethlehem, performing for 2 hours for the 95.1 WZZO and Brown Daub Chrysler Blood Drive. I checked them out and saw that they were leaving on May 9th after the show to head to South Carolina's own Myrtle Beach for a small tour and it was going to be my last chance to see them until June. So off I went to the blood drive.
I got to the Miller Memorial Blood Center a little before 4 , and I could see the band was still setting up next to the Riverside Bar & Grill's refreshment area. So I decided to see if I could get a peek on the internal workings of the blood center and what it would sound like from inside, while the band was singing. I take a bit of medication so I never expected that I would be eligible to give blood but to my surprise, I was. So after several minutes of verifying all my medications and about 100 extremely awkward and personal questions I was lead into the donation area by my own personal vampire!
Well she wasn't a vampire! She was a sweet phlebotomist who confessed to me that while she wasn't normally into "rock" music she was liking the cover songs that were coasting in the windows from nearby Postal. While giving blood I listened to the surrounding people discuss the music and I saw that they were a big hit. The coveted seats were by the windows so they could listen to the band play everything from classic rock to post-grunge covers. Their range of music was really great and very fun for the all ages crowd I was surrounded by. After a ten minute orange juice and cookie break, I was off to experience Postal for myself.
Postal is a four piece band consisting of Joey Capone (singer/guitarist), Justin Betz (drummer/vocals), Jesse Singer (bassist/vocals), and Kyle "Jimmy" Parsons (guitarist). Each of these guys is extremely multi-talented with the ability to switch up their sound from cover to cover song and highlight the talents of each of them.
While I was watching, they took us on a journey highlighting lead singer Joey Capone's singing and guitar playing with songs like Fall Out Boy's "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" and guitar solo in Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" led by the vocal styling of drummer Justin Betz. John Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane" brought out the glory of the bass guitar and we all learned that Jesse isn't just a bassist when he sang The Clash's "Train in Vain." As you can see they went from classic rock to musicthat is popular today and kept the small crowd pumped up all theway to the end.
It was a gorgeous day to be sitting out there beneath the shading trees at the picnic tables before the Miller Memorial Blood Center. My arm was sore from giving blood but I didn't even notice as I was wrapped up in the dynamic presence of the guys playing before me. I grabbed a couple shots of them after they announced their tour down south and even purchased a copy of their EP 'Postal' so I could listen to their original songs and become familiar with their own sounds the same way I had now become familiar with their talented voices and playing.
At the close of their set they signed my copy of their EP and I felt I had found a new band in the Lehigh Valley Area and I had fun in a new way. Never before had I given blood, relaxed in the sun for a lazy few hours, and listened to good music with friends new and old around me. Songs we knew from our past and present had flooded over us in a live and jubilant way, played by four lively, ambitious men who are definitely on their way into the music scene. In my world of "Boredom Breakers", it was a surprising shake-up to the regular club-scene to see a band. A new light, a new band, and a new gift for someone. What a rewarding way to spend a day. - PA MUSICIAN


"WZZO & BROWN DAUB Hook Up with POSTAL to Give Blood"

by BriAnna Kehler

WZZO & BROWN DAUB Hook Up with POSTAL to Give Blood
and Break the Boredom in the Lehigh Valley

Trying to find new and different things to experience each month can be difficult. Breaking the comfortable rut that boredom rules is never an easy thing to do. Finding new bands to listen to in a local area when you are just settling in here yourself can be hard. I've just moved back here not too long ago myself and so I'm always on a look-out for someone new to hear.
This month it was pretty easy to find Postal, a four piece band singing their way down from Bangor, PA. I received a note on my Myspace from one of their faithful fans that they were going to be in Bethlehem, performing for 2 hours for the 95.1 WZZO and Brown Daub Chrysler Blood Drive. I checked them out and saw that they were leaving on May 9th after the show to head to South Carolina's own Myrtle Beach for a small tour and it was going to be my last chance to see them until June. So off I went to the blood drive.
I got to the Miller Memorial Blood Center a little before 4 , and I could see the band was still setting up next to the Riverside Bar & Grill's refreshment area. So I decided to see if I could get a peek on the internal workings of the blood center and what it would sound like from inside, while the band was singing. I take a bit of medication so I never expected that I would be eligible to give blood but to my surprise, I was. So after several minutes of verifying all my medications and about 100 extremely awkward and personal questions I was lead into the donation area by my own personal vampire!
Well she wasn't a vampire! She was a sweet phlebotomist who confessed to me that while she wasn't normally into "rock" music she was liking the cover songs that were coasting in the windows from nearby Postal. While giving blood I listened to the surrounding people discuss the music and I saw that they were a big hit. The coveted seats were by the windows so they could listen to the band play everything from classic rock to post-grunge covers. Their range of music was really great and very fun for the all ages crowd I was surrounded by. After a ten minute orange juice and cookie break, I was off to experience Postal for myself.
Postal is a four piece band consisting of Joey Capone (singer/guitarist), Justin Betz (drummer/vocals), Jesse Singer (bassist/vocals), and Kyle "Jimmy" Parsons (guitarist). Each of these guys is extremely multi-talented with the ability to switch up their sound from cover to cover song and highlight the talents of each of them.
While I was watching, they took us on a journey highlighting lead singer Joey Capone's singing and guitar playing with songs like Fall Out Boy's "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" and guitar solo in Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" led by the vocal styling of drummer Justin Betz. John Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane" brought out the glory of the bass guitar and we all learned that Jesse isn't just a bassist when he sang The Clash's "Train in Vain." As you can see they went from classic rock to musicthat is popular today and kept the small crowd pumped up all theway to the end.
It was a gorgeous day to be sitting out there beneath the shading trees at the picnic tables before the Miller Memorial Blood Center. My arm was sore from giving blood but I didn't even notice as I was wrapped up in the dynamic presence of the guys playing before me. I grabbed a couple shots of them after they announced their tour down south and even purchased a copy of their EP 'Postal' so I could listen to their original songs and become familiar with their own sounds the same way I had now become familiar with their talented voices and playing.
At the close of their set they signed my copy of their EP and I felt I had found a new band in the Lehigh Valley Area and I had fun in a new way. Never before had I given blood, relaxed in the sun for a lazy few hours, and listened to good music with friends new and old around me. Songs we knew from our past and present had flooded over us in a live and jubilant way, played by four lively, ambitious men who are definitely on their way into the music scene. In my world of "Boredom Breakers", it was a surprising shake-up to the regular club-scene to see a band. A new light, a new band, and a new gift for someone. What a rewarding way to spend a day. - PA MUSICIAN


"GET INTO THE ACT:POSTAL"

Get Into The Act: Postal
The Bangor-based rock band Postal started life in 2001 as a three-piece cover band, banging out tunes by everyone from The Ramones to Tom Petty to Run DMC. Now they're a quartet and all original. The guys still bust out the occasional old-school hip-hop cover, but their sound has evolved to a focused rock attack along the lines of Seether, Breaking Benjamin, and other groups with the ''post-grunge'' label. You could call it metal or good old-fashioned hard rock.

''We try to keep it both heavy and radio [friendly],'' says drummer Justin Betz, who positively pounds the drums while the two-guitar attack of Joe Capone and Kyle ''Jimmy'' Parsons combines vintage metal riffing with high-voltage solos and singable choruses. Jesse Singer hammers on the bass, abusing the instrument to its breaking point while keeping the low-end melodic and tight.
''The songs are a total group effort,'' says Betz. ''We start from scratch and build a song together.''

The tunes are dark anthems about everyday angst. Themes include ''relationship issues, life problems and situations,'' Betz says. Postal has recorded an eight-song CD and has caught the interest of some record labels.

''We're being shopped a little bit,'' Betz says. ''We did get to play in front of Virgin Records, and Hollywood Records did say they were interested in us. It's the beginning of a long process. We're trying for the big thing.''

Josh Berk
- The Morning Call


"PA MUSICIAN INTERVIEWS JUSTIN POSTAL ABOUT TOURING, THE NEW RECORD, AND GUITAR HERO???"

Last month I went out and saw Postal again at the Hammerhead's Lounge in Northampton, PA. It was an awesome night. The band played two sets with a wet T-shirt contest in between. There was a song in their set lists for every type of person there and I don't know of anyone who didn't have a good time!

My favorite song of the night was definitely Make Believe which is coming out on their new album. Read the questions to find out more about Postal and the new CD coming out.

Pictures I took from that night are also at the bottom!
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1. How was your tour down at Myrtle Beach?
- Myrtle Beach was AMAZING!!!! We were lucky enough to play shows that were packed with a few thousand people and the people down south were so nice to us. We even had our our backstage green room!!!

2. You guys are definitely a Valley favorite. What are your plans for the future of the band?
Well....every year, when January comes we set new goals. We are in the works of setting up a few new label showcases and have a new record on the way. We want to get signed....put out records and tour forever. This band definately will be around for a long time!!!

3. I liked your new song "Make Believe" was it? that you played during your second set at Hammerheads. Which of your songs do you most connect with?
- YES....MAKE BELIEVE....it seems to be the new fan favorite...and hopefully will eventually be a single!!! As a band....we all put countless hours into writing our songs. We find a way to connect to every single song. "MAKE BELIEVE" is definately a song that our singer Joey put alot of heart into though!!!

4. Who writes the music and lyrics? Like I said before....all 4 of us stongly contribute to the music. Joe writes the lyrics.

5. How did Postal come together as a band?
Actually....its a very deep story that many of our newer fans don't know. Me(Justin) and Jesse had been in another local band..."CONCEIVED IN EDEN' and Joe had POSTAL at the same time. His band didnt work out and our frontman in CIE had a serious work accident that left him with very severe brain damage. Basically....we needed a singer, and Joe needed a band. We were good friends already and teamed up. We played as a 3 piece for 2 years and then I brought Jimmy into the band. We were friends throughout high school and it was the perfect piece to our puzzle!!!

6. As a party band you cover a large variety of songs. I spoke with Justin prior to you going on and he said that I was hearing your "R-rated show." After seeing both shows, I've seen a large range of your musical stylings. It must be hard to choose songs. Who decides whats performed when in what order?
Well....we have all kinds of different shows that we do. Bars....Clubs....Opening for Nationals....Parties. We like to cater to everyone. Our bar/club shows usually get crazy and anything is expected to happen.(Wet T-shirt Contest, Booty Contest, and lets not forget we usually drink more than tjhe crowd does!!!) Our setlists change every night. We roll with the crowd....whatever we feel...we play!!!

7. Are you available for booking?
YES....we play anywhere....everywhere. Contact Justin or JOE for bookings!!!!

8. What type of things do you have available for your adoring fans?
As far as merch....we have Hoodies, T-shirts, Girlie shirts, thongs, bumper stickers, and cd's. We are the most fun and friendly band you'll ever meet. We make it a point to shake every hand and give every hug we can every night!!!! The fans and our friends have been there for us the whole time.

9. You were heading back into the studio after Hammerheads to record a new CD. Any idea when that will be available?
The new record is coming along great. Alot of bands take time off touring to record. NOT POSTAL!!!! We have not stopped playing live shows EVER!!!! ..We go to the studio during the week and put in 10-12 hours at a time. The new cd will be out for sale within 2 months and we also have a DVD coming out that inclues footage from a live show!!!

10. As a popular band in the area, do you have any advice for new bands starting out?
- Alot of younger bands think that you start a band...and then you get signed. Thats not how it works. Most bands dont get signed until they've been around for 5-8 years...if ever. My advice would be to write songs....learn some covers and play shows as often as you can. It' s also very important to find the right guys and for everyone to have the same goals. We've seen so many bands come and go since we've been together!!!

11. What do you guys do when not being Postal? Hobbies? Personal Interests? Anything you'd like to share? WE'RE ALWAYS POSTAL.....HAHA. ahh lets see. It's very rare that we ever have a week off from shows but when we do....we usually go out partying or to see friend's bands. We are always getting into crazy stuff. A few of us golf....2 of the guys are big horror movie buffs so they'll go to the conventions - PA MUSICIAN MYSPACE PAGE


"GET INTO THE ACT:POSTAL"

Get Into The Act: Postal
The Bangor-based rock band Postal started life in 2001 as a three-piece cover band, banging out tunes by everyone from The Ramones to Tom Petty to Run DMC. Now they're a quartet and all original. The guys still bust out the occasional old-school hip-hop cover, but their sound has evolved to a focused rock attack along the lines of Seether, Breaking Benjamin, and other groups with the ''post-grunge'' label. You could call it metal or good old-fashioned hard rock.

''We try to keep it both heavy and radio [friendly],'' says drummer Justin Betz, who positively pounds the drums while the two-guitar attack of Joe Capone and Kyle ''Jimmy'' Parsons combines vintage metal riffing with high-voltage solos and singable choruses. Jesse Singer hammers on the bass, abusing the instrument to its breaking point while keeping the low-end melodic and tight.
''The songs are a total group effort,'' says Betz. ''We start from scratch and build a song together.''

The tunes are dark anthems about everyday angst. Themes include ''relationship issues, life problems and situations,'' Betz says. Postal has recorded an eight-song CD and has caught the interest of some record labels.

''We're being shopped a little bit,'' Betz says. ''We did get to play in front of Virgin Records, and Hollywood Records did say they were interested in us. It's the beginning of a long process. We're trying for the big thing.''

Josh Berk
- The Morning Call


Discography

THE POSTAL E.P. - 2005

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Bio

In just under 4 years together....POSTAL has made quite the dent in their local and regional scene. Started as strictly a cover rock and party band, POSTAL has changed forces and has been pumping their own brand of Catchy/Sing-a-long-able Hard-Rock Originals to crowds from Pennsylvania to New Jersey to Maryland to South Carolina. Their relentless touring schedule and never-ending setlist has gained them a loyal following in many different towns. While the band is currently in the studio recording their debut album, they are always writing new material and never stop playing shows. Whether the band plays a small bar or a large concert venue, their live show and hook-filled songs will keep the crowd raving for days, months, or even years.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
ASIDE FROM AVERAGING NEARLY 100 SHOWS A YEAR...POSTAL HAS GIVEN NATIONAL TOUR SUPPORT TO THE FOLLOWING ACTS: SALIVA, SKID ROW, SR-71, TANTRIC, BRETT MICHAELS, VINCE NEIL, LYNCH MOB, JACKYL, BADFISH, FOSTERCHILD & MORE

POSTAL WAS SELECTED FROM OVER 100 BANDS AS A FINALIST IN THE 95.1 FM WZZO BACKYARD BANDS COMPETETION AND PLAYED LIVE ON SERVICE ELECTRIC TELEVISION.

- HAD A MUSIC VIDEO FOR "LET ME BE" AIRED ON FOX 8 TV'S "THE UNDERGROUND TV" 3 TIMES!!!

- PLAYED 6 SHOWS AT 2007 MYRTLE BEACH BIKE WEEK @ CLUB "SUCK BANG BLOW"- Murrels Inlet,SC

-SELECTED AS A SHOWCASING ARTIST AT THE 2008 MILLENIUM MUSIC CONFERENCE IN HARISBURG,PA.

CHECK US OUT ON THE WEB @ www.myspace.com/postalmusic