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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Posture Brings A Bright Mess To South City

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 8:02 AM

Posture opens for L.A. noise legends Sissy Spacek tonight at the William A Kerr Foundation. - PHOTO BY JESSEE ROSE CRANE
  • Photo by Jessee Rose Crane
  • Posture opens for L.A. noise legends Sissy Spacek tonight at the William A Kerr Foundation.

The science behind nostalgia is still hazy at best, but the term "good ol' days" exists for a reason. One thing is for certain: When we feel nostalgic, the past comes flowing back with the negatives washed out. South city trio Posture moves within the current, working to re-cut its old sound between semesters -- a seasonal worker of experimental indie-rock.

"I don't think I've ever been this busy in my life and not hated, like, everything," says singer and guitarist Nick Goldschmidt. In the past two months, Posture has written and recorded a six-song tape while playing shows in dive bars, basements and even a skating rink.

The band just returned from a short tour, but is already gearing up for its tape release show on July 28 at the Kerr Foundation with LA's Sissy Spacek, Yowie and Brain Transplant. Recorded in just three hours with little post-production or overdubs, Never Knows Best shows the band trailing down a dirt path between post-punk and garage rock.

"We've never felt like we were a straight up punk band, but we have punk ethics," says Alison Durham, who handles roughly half of all songwriting duties. Her twin sister Shawn takes on the drumset, scattering beats amid wiry cross-play between the two guitars. The driving force in Goldschmidt's rough strumming runs right along the edge of Alison's bright riffs, bringing out full-bodied songs, nevermind the absence of bass.

Alison and Shawn have been playing in the basement together for as long as they've had instruments. While not a fully-fledged band, the pair once performed the Strokes' "Reptilia" at their high school talent show.

Both first met Goldschmidt in early 2014 at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, but they like to dispute how the band first came together. When asked, they all start teasing eachother, passing the blame for who really started Posture.

"We started going to more D.I.Y. shows around May. And Alison and I were going off to college soon, so we just wanted to be involved. We all had this sense that we wanted to play in front of people. None of us had never really done that before, with our own music," Shawn says.

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