Posture and The Grizzly are perhaps among the most interesting, solid, and underrated bands I have ever had the pleasure of discovering. Personally, I don’t exactly remember when or how I found Posture and The Grizzly but as I’ve always been a fan of more obscure music, I never found an audience within my friends that would enjoy them so the band has been a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, or so to say. Recently, Posture and The Grizzly released a new album, their first since a single in 2020 and the album certainly defines not only the time between their last EP or full-length release but carries the weight of all previous songs from the outfit. It should be noted that some tracks included on “Posture & The Grizzly” were originally released on a Bandcamp EP “There’s Something About Kairi”. Below, we’ve reviewed Posture and The Grizzly’s new self-titled album, “Posture & The Grizzly”, and it was a hefty 15 tracks, including 3 interlude style tracks that are beautiful callbacks to the band’s previous work and also compliment this new album extremely well.
In classic fashion from Posture and The Grizzly, the opening track “Creepshow” was as fast as I’d hoped the album would be. Immediately while I listened to “Creepshow” for the first time, it felt like Posture and The Grizzly had grown only ever-so-slightly, as the track presented a feeling as though there was no gap between the band’s releases. Although they released an earlier mentioned single in 2020, albums and EPs from Posture and The Grizzly hold an entirely different atmosphere as a whole that has kept me as a fan since my first listen.
While “Unfortunate Friends” held that classic overall Posture and The Grizzly vibe, it certainly demonstrated that the band has indeed grown in the amount of time between releases from the outfit. Overall, it was great to hear that Posture and The Grizzly had done quite the opposite of growing in a new direction and instead are continuing to grow on what has gotten them where it has so far.
Black Eyed Susan
Outside of two of the interlude style tracks, “Black Eyed Susan” was the shortest, and possibly the fastest, track on “Posture & The Grizzly” and although the rest of the album following this felt less and less classic Posture and more of a newer form of the band, it hooked me.
“(x)” was the first interlude style track included on Posture and The Grizzly’s self-titled album, and only featured instrumentals but upon first listen I knew that the track was familiar, and it was, as it was very much a slow, alternate production, interlude style rendition of the previous Posture works.
“Kairi” felt a little experimental at times but overall, the song sounded more and more like a familiarity with Posture and The Grizzly’s cemented sound that they have discovered for themselves, and nurtured with so that they could become the consistent but growing group they have established themselves to be.
“Red Light” was short and sweet, with a strong emotional vibe to it that made it classic among Posture tracks of the past and this new self-titled release. Going with the self-titled route with naming an album generally gave out the sort of vibe that the work in question would be a staple within the band’s career and while personally, nothing about this album stands out above previous work from the band, “Posture & The Grizzly” won’t be leaving my queue for the foreseeable future already.
“(xx)” was accidentally the first interlude of Posture and The Grizzly’s self-titled release that I listened to but once I checked the player and saw that it appeared as a second of at least two tracks with the way the title is stylized, I was immediately beyond intrigued.
One Idiot Box
“One Idiot Box” was another track from Posture and The Grizzly’s self-titled album that felt a great deal like Posture and The Grizzly’s older releases with fast-paced drums and guitar work, the vocal styles, and even the production methods overall made this track feel closer to a b-side from a previous album compared to something off of a new album.
“Melt” was the first track from Posture and The Grizzly’s self-titled album that caught my attention with callbacks to previous tracks from the band, outside of the interlude style tracks included on the album.
Five Band Gig
Immediately, “Five Band Gig” reminded me of what I could only refer to as similar in a style sometimes found in hometown heroes of mine Can’t Swim’s occasional tracks. Of course Posture and The Grizzly, if you’ve listened to the tracks included in this review, have their very own, unique sound that I could overall call a combination of The Moms, Brand New, and even Nirvana at times.
“Promise” was one of the tracks from the album that held those usual emotions and dark edge that the more emotional or darker tones presented by the band previously had held but the track also had traces of the pop-punk elements that Posture has incorporated into their music before.
While most Posture and The Grizzly songs are short and powerful, “Create Me” may have been the longest song on Posture and The Grizzly’s self-titled album but was also the band’s second longest recorded song to date. “Create Me” as mentioned above, was one of a few songs on the new self-titled release that featured a callback in some way, shape, or form to Posture and The Grizzly’s previous work. While it may have seemed like the entire album was a callback while reading our Posture and The Grizzly self-titled review but if anything it made the album more of a concept project.
Interestingly, “Secrets” has been the song to resonate with me the most and while I wasn’t sure if it was the overall, or initial, sound upon hearing it but the song has stayed on my mind and in my head. This was interesting to me due to the fact that the song was possibly the most outside of the usual realm of what a Posture and The Grizzly song sounded like.
(xxx) was the shortest of the interlude tracks included on Posture and The Grizzly’s self-titled album and, like “(x)”, “(xxx)” included no vocals at all and instead featured more of an instrumental medley in reference to previous releases from the band but with much different production work done, making them feel right in with the rest of the album and each other. Overall, while I listened to the final interlude track for our Posture and The Grizzly self-titled review I realized how much I truly loved the entire album and the inclusion of these tracks.
Posture and The Grizzly’s final track on their self-titled, “Flying Sailboats”, was yet another track that felt most reminiscent of other works from the band with its overall grungy, emotional tone and dreading guitars. Overall, “Flying Sailboats” out of the other tracks presented with Posture and The Grizzly’s self-titled album had the most closure type of vibe to it.