September 4th, 2015 | Album reviews

Post Life
Living Can Wait EP
Papermade Records

Punk rock has become pretty boring and formulaic in general, but that’s just because most everyone does it wrong. Post Life, a fiery, exuberant power-pop quartet, proves that punk can still be invigorating in its fifth decade, so long as it’s made with talent and a sense of purpose. Post Life has both, and debut EP Living Can Wait presents a sound that is familiar enough to be immediately accessible, novel enough to interesting, and sticky enough to demand repeated listening. Drummer Erik Felix is a relentless rager, locking in with Greg Shilton’s melodic yet ferocious bass playing to form a formidable rhythm section under lead guitarist Michael Reyder’s furious and metallic riffage. They provide a strong foundation for singer/guitarist Brianna Meli, whose performances perfectly walk the line between confident restraint and passionate abandon on concise and compelling songs that explore existential dread (“23”); frustration with animals (“Warehauz”); and a relationship in crisis (“Dissolve”). The whole thing builds towards the closer “Post Life,” a menacing, stoic rumination on the finality of action that concludes with an affirmation: “There is no rewind, there is no undo, what you do is up to you—yes, you.” It comes across as a formidable mission statement, and it’s the high point of a record without a low point. Yes, punk rock is tired. But if anyone tries to tell you it’s “dead,” hand them this tape.

—Geoff Geis