Review: The Mailman’s Children, “Undercover”
The Mailman’s Children, “Undercover”
Hailing from both Minneapolis, MN, USA and Winnipeg, MB, CANADA, The Mailman’s Children (TMC) delivers with their song, “Undercover” off of their release entitled Supply & Demand. The Mailman’s Children features front-man Eric Labossiere, who lives in America, while Joel Couture (bassist) Joel Perreault (guitarist and backing vocals) and Eddie Vesely (percussion and electronics) reside in Canada. Only a couple hours away from each other, The Mailman’s Children haven’t allowed distance to be a prevalent obstacle in determining their success, consistently pushing TV and radio appearances and tours throughout most of North America. Distance hasn’t hindered The Mailman’s Children nor precluding them from producing solid music, as “Undercover” demonstrates.
The Mailman’s Children easily lands “Undercover” within the pop-rock genre with a heavy emphasis placed upon soft rock influences. Opening the track is a soft underlying bass line combined with a simple drum beat that provides sufficient support for the song to build itself upon. Shortly deeming its entrance is the intricately performed guitar strumming, persisting as one of the track’s highlights. The exceptional guitar performances provide an impeccable environment for Labossiere to assert his soothing vocals that echo of tranquility, yet with a softness that manages to demand attention. The song maintains a relaxed tone, employed throughout the prevalent vocal consistent, striking but never overpowering percussion performance, meticulous guitar playing, and supportive bass. Overall, “Undercover” isn’t a song that is necessarily ground-breaking or significantly unique. However, with its positive atmosphere and relaxed feel, various audiences will find themselves grooving along to The Mailman’s Children’s creation.
The lyricism for “Undercover” exhibits passion and glimpses of hope. While Labossiere delivers “And I wish that I could be there, and I wish that I was leading you to safety,” with devotion and echoes of genuine sincerity, the employed tone is nothing short of authenticity. The lyrics simply click with the conveyed tone, appearing to enhance the sincerity audible through The Mailman’s Children’s instrumental and vocal performances. The arrangement may be of simplicity, but the lyricism evokes an emotional response, showcasing The Mailman’s Children as a band built off of genuineness and originality: both of which are rarities with a multitude of modern artists.
For The Mailman’s Children, “Undercover” may not be something extraordinary, but it certainly is a solid release. The Mailman’s Children step into a musical experience of relaxation, but their demonstrated talent isn’t ignored. “Undercover” reveals The Mailman’s Children as a group of musicians who persist with passion and deliver masterful, intricate performances. There may not be anything earth-shaking with “Undercover”, but for those seeking to delve into sincere music, The Mailman’s Children “Undercover” is the track to listen to.
Review by: Alexa Spieler
Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)