Artist: Posterwall

CD: Charged

Home: Mesa, Arizona

Style: Bar Rock

Quote: "Posterwall specializes in straight ahead rock and roll. Their first full length is a testament to their devotion to meat-and-potatoes songwriting and chomping guitars."

By Charles Martin

Posterwall specializes in straight ahead rock and roll. Their first full length is a testament to their devotion to meat-and-potatoes songwriting and chomping guitars. The band keeps it simple with tried and true songs of angsty boredom and love songs not quite cheesy enough to be power ballads, but close.

In their own press release, they admit that “they may not be the most technically flashy band around,” so they are aware of who they are and what they do. The self-produced album could have used more polish, but Posterwall shows they’ve got a handle on their sound.

Relevance is their biggest obstacle at this point. Though there is a hefty amount of revivalists doing all right for themselves these days, Posterwall’s brand of middle of the road rock fell off the radio over a decade ago.

Posterwall has potential, and the song “Solitaire” is a step in the right direction. There is a self-effacing attitude in the lyrics that gives character to the music, and that sort of angle has played well for Bowling for Soup. It might not be the image of the serious rocker they want, but being the self-aware aging musician might be what they are best at. If you can’t be groundbreaking with your music, then at least you can be clever.