POST LIFE: LIVING CAN WAIT EP
Living Can Wait EP
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.