The Mailman’s Children
Known as a Can-American Indie rock band, TMC is stationed out of both Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA, and Helena, MT, USA. Front man Eric Labossiere resides in Helena, MT, USA, while the rest of the band lives in Winnipeg. Labossiere, the lead singer and acoustic guitarist was born Canadian but has lived on the US side for the last several years. One year after the birth of TMC in 2000, singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist Eric Labossiere recruited the 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. Winnipegger Ivan Burke is known to fill in on drums when the band tours and even recorded the drums for this recent effort: “The Spiders We Eat.”
I did my usual amount of research on this band, and found much more interesting things about them than to be found in the average product review. But they can be looked into further for that much if you’re interested after this review. The EP starts out with a very good opener in Ride In Your Mind, which is a pop perfect sort of song and very difficult to find anything negative about, it just works and that is all there is to it. This pattern stays the course throughout the disc but starts to peak on track 2, as Private Room is a winning effort to do the same, albeit it IS rather different. The energy picks up with it and helps make room for more bouts of raging melody and fuzzy guitar effects to help explain why it’s called “addiction” on Off To Work. This is a killer track in its own right for every good reason, as it warns of bad health and lifestyle decisions. And then there is Humility, which seems to further the lyrical point and actually drive it all the way home. I absolutely love it and highly recommend it for this one track alone. There is an amazing constancy to it all the more you listen, which results in the more I like. This all ends with a beautiful acoustic version of the opening track, Ride In Your Mind-acoustic, which tops the otherwise lack of playing time factor off in style. It’s all very enjoyable. I’d like to hear more full albums from TMC, as they clearly entice for it. The more talent I hear coming out of Canada the more impressed I am, but if only more were popping up on my radar. This is certainly one I’ll be keeping an eye on, as they could go very far with such quality productions, this one being no exception to that rule. There is a cosmic yet earthy sound to them which aren’t often found together with such great results as displayed here.