June 7 will have been a long time coming for NYC quartet the Postelles, producerly side-project of Albert Hammond, Jr. of the Strokes.
The band's self-titled debut comes out that day, almost a year after it was supposed to be released (hence last year's sold-out record release show at Bowery Ballroom). Whatever did or didn't go on with their erstwhile label (EMI), there won't be any more delays for this foursome: Their current foray is called the Record Release Tour, and it lands them at Mercury Lounge both June 7 and 8 (9:30PM; $10 advance).
Charismatic Postelles frontman Daniel Balk (second from left, and doing an acoustic version of "Hold On" in the clip below) gets grilled with our questionnaire.
Lives in: New York City
First real job?
I was a tennis teacher for a summer camp on Roosevelt Island.
First record you ever bought?
The first record that was bought for me was Dookie by Green Day, but I can't remember the first record I bought myself. Probably something by the Beatles.
Your first NYC gig: Discuss.
It was at an all-girls-school open mic night. I don't remember much, except for being the only four guys in a room of about 200 girls.
Best show you've ever seen in the city?
The Strokes at Roseland Ballroom in the early 2000s.
What time do you wake up?
About six hours after I fall asleep.
Top three songs in your iPod rotation?
Bob Dylan, "Girl from North Country," Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, "I Second That Emotion," The Rolling Stones, "I'm Free."
What do you splurge on?
To when do you point your time machine?
1964 in London, England.
Fill in the blank: If I ever get arrested, it’ll be for
Best meal you’ve ever had in NYC?
The tacos at Casa Mezcal on Broome and Orchard.
First childhood memory?
I had a fever and my Dad played me The White Album by The Beatles to make me feel better. I remember hearing "Rocky Raccoon" and loving that song at first.
What’s your pre-show ritual?
We all sing I Shall Be Released together, while sharing a drink or two.
Most treasured possession?
My mini acoustic guitar.
Do you Google yourself?
No, should I?
Complete this sentence: In a previous life, I was really excited to be in The Postelles in my next life.
What's your drink?
Jameson on the rocks.
What's your greatest skill in the kitchen?
Opening the fridge.
Your favorite thing about yourself?
I can fit into my girlfriend's pants.
Who are your heroes?
John Lennon, Keith Richards, my Dad and all of my dogs.
What scares you?
The fridge being locked.
Best piece of advice you've ever received?
Roll over Beethoven.
What's the loftiest goal you've yet to accomplish?
Finishing this interview.
Fill in the blank: I’ll know I’ve really made it when
We've opened for Chuck Berry in concert.
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