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The Mailman’s Children release new Video

Watch the Ride in Your Mind Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqHQAkWQcxE

The Mailman’s Children (TMC), is a Canadian-American rock band, stationed out of both Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and Helena, MT, USA. Front man Eric Labossiere resides in Helena while the rest of the boys live in Winnipeg. They bring a unique brand of 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.

TMC has done numerous TV and radio appearances, and toured much of North America. Capable of turning on their rock show or falling back on their acoustic charm, they’ve played with a variety of acts over the years to include Wide Mouth Mason, The Northern Pikes, Mark Reeves, Sass Jordan, Alannah Myles, Son of Dave (Ben Darvill of The Crash Test Dummies), Roller, Greg MacPherson, Pushing Daisies, Keith and Renee, Sinclair and many more. 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. One year after the birth of TMC in 2000, songwriter and lead vocalist Labossiere had recruited the musician 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 Ivan Burke on drums. Eddie Vesely recorded drums for the band’s previous 2 studio efforts. I’m giving their officially released video “Ride In Your Mind” a good scoring. 187 This is kind of alternative and kind of not. In the mid-90s “acoustic grunge” crept in with a lot of bands grinding away but with less guitar bite to mellow their intensity, and this is similar but without gruff vocals. Instead, lead vocalist Eric Labossiere is somewhere between a rock crooner and singer/songwriter approach, which cuts like a knife even though it’s reasonably quiet. This guy is great, no question about it but the other band members are equally gifted. There is a balance between them which is completely unforced. No rushing going on with this group. The video is a killer capturing to watch them play this easy listening masterpiece of sorts.

It starts off slowly but the pace never actually picks up, instead it intensifies as it goes, but keeps the speed grounded. With their headphones on and what seems like a one take recording, they show their compatible interaction and let that do most of the talking, especially on the instrumental side. But that’s not to say the vocals aren’t up to par with it, they’re actually spot on. If you like watching live music played, this video will do your time justice. It has mine anyway. I can’t find a thing wrong other than perhaps a low video production. But that keeps focus on the track a little over the visuals. But there was a downside before I got into it, as it was the first time I’d heard them, and it won’t be the last. There is plenty here to enjoy for both the rock lovers and the acoustic and even folk/Americana lovers. They seem to be heavily influenced in that department, but it’s more of an influence, as they come from a completely different culture base than alternative rock dominated areas such as the Pacific Northwest. Not that it matter where they hale from, it’s just a refreshing sound for their areas. Once the track gets going it’s pretty much over, they’ve got your attention and won’t lose it. These aren’t amateur musicians, they’re quite the opposite seasoned pros. And they don’t seem to have any deprecating personalities, which is obviously why they’ve only made on personal change over the years. It’s cool to watch them run through the song, but the song itself resonates much better than a video can manage. It was wise to make it an all-out performance piece than trying to match another other sequences to it. The end result is a hard to knock thing of beauty.

If TMC were only more exposed, even for how long they’ve been around, because the music comes first and the image second. They bring you the product first and foremost, no doubt about it. Budgets often take their toll on a band and they get that boost to stay afloat and release consistent output. What TMC do is roll with the punches and let the music shine through, but they could benefit from proper support to get to the masses. I would keep an eye out for them in the future, and this video helps as much as anything else they’ve done, so it’s a win win for them if you ask my opinion. It’s only on occasion when a review something that puts me onto more of an act, but that is the effect watching this has had on me. This is worth seeking and repeating in the mid, as the title loosely suggests.

SP Clarke

5/5