Written by: Geoff Tischman
The Posies dropped into the Fairfield Theater Company the other night to play an inspired set of killer pop music.
Comprised of their Frosting On The Beater LP’s lineup of Ken Stringfellow, Jon Auer, bassist Dave Fox and drummer Mike Musburger, the Posies have never sounded better. Stringfellow and Auer traded off seamlessly as they tore through their songbook which is comprised of eight studio albums, including their latest effort Sold States (2016).
The occasion for the Washington band’s tour this time around is to celebrate their 30-year tenure in the music industry as well as a comprehensive deluxe reissue campaign of their ’90s output. It’s not an easy feat to last this long in the business, but the Posies made it look effortless. Their songs have a timeless pop majesty and both Auer and Stringfellow sound as fresh as they did on 1988’s Failure.
The 18-song set opened with the grinding power of “Dream All Day” and was punctuated by four(!) encores.
Way too many highlights to recount, but “You Avoid Parties” was particularly riveting, “Solar Sister” was a straight up stunner and “Suddenly Mary” was nothing short of perfection.