The Mailman’s Children
The Mailman’s Children (TMC) bring a unique brand of Can-American acoustic-electric rock to the table. Known for smooth, passionate vocals, driving bass and drums, sonic guitar interplay and thought-provoking lyrics, The Mailman’s Children are visionaries with a fresh sound who somehow incorporate memorable hints of the 80s and 90s. Coined a North American-based rock band, The Mailman’s Children is stationed out of both Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and Helena, Montana, USA. Front man Eric Labossiere currently resides in Helena but is very often in Winnipeg rehearsing and recording with the other members, where he was born and raised. This is their 4th studio release – an EP called “The Spiders We Eat” was recorded in May of 2014 and is slated for a 2015 release. I like all of the songs here to begin with but it is track 1, Ride In Your Mind, and track 2, Private Room which have most of my attention. These are killer tracks, starting with the opener which contains some fantastic lyrics, and ending with the fabulous accomplishment any song would die for. There is some epic territory explored on the following track Off To Work, but it comes close to losing the listener a bit with talk of addiction before getting back on track with the much more positive work on Humility, a number that is chock full of anecdotes concerning ones look at themselves. This is a fabulously crafted song with massive energy spurts. I think it’s a product that is balanced very well at this point but could use at least one more track to keep it more interesting, as it all seems to peak with only one track left. It’s so intriguing it just begs for that little something more in the shape of another track to top it off. But there is one left, an acoustic showing of the opening track, Ride In Your Mind–acoustic, with a melancholy touch that gives the disc a chance to breathe before it’s all over. My top pick by far from “The Spiders We Eat” would have to be the great Private Room. In closing, if you like to get trapped in “happier places,” these songs will take you there, I enjoyed how they blend without too much contrast to set them apart and make for a title with complimenting similarities throughout. It only veers slightly from the script one time (but being only an EP) that speaks volumes for its consistency.