The Postelles offer free download of new covers album 

When we spoke to him a few weeks ago, Daniel Balk — the frontman for a great new alt-rock outfit from New York called The Postelles — talked endlessly of his lifelong love affair with rock and roll.

How he first formed his quartet in high school to follow in the footsteps of John Lennon. How he and his girlfriend (whom he’s still seeing) cut an entire day of class, just to attend a Rolling Stones tour-announcing press conference, facing come-what-may consequences afterwards. And those are some serious true-believer street-cred points right there. But here are four more.

Namely, a four-song EP called “Summer Undercovers” that the band is offering as a free download for fans on its website. And you couldn’t imagine a better set of covers — The Postelles give their melodic twist to The Smiths’ “Ask,” Joe Jones’ “California Sun,” “Whole Wide World” from that old Stiff Records stalwart Wreckless Eric, and possibly the coolest Ramones song you could ever powerchord through, “Beat On The Brat.”

Now we love these guys four times as much! No wonder Britain’s brainy Wombats are taking them out on full U.S. tour this fall.

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