7 p.m. Thursday
Othello's Italian Restaurant
434 Buchanan, Norman
For Post Arcadia, it's all about the music. The musicians are just a group of old friends doing what they have always loved.
"We're all a bunch of laid-back, married men with kids, most of us," said Michael Bendure, the band's lead vocalist. "We're not a college band, and we're not a touring band. We are just people playing music because we love it and have a good time doing it."
And Post Arcadia is composed of a group of guys who have always had that love of music, though some of them have just recently come out of retirement, you might say.
The band began with Bendure, a solo artist and co-founder of the Song Writers Association of Norman, who began to long for a more full arrangement than his solo music could produce. He called longtime friend and musical collaborator, Seth McDonald, who was in the process of selling his old music equipment.
McDonald's wife convinced him to keep the gear and join with Bendure. The duo then added bassist Chad Crow and percussionist Tyler Walker, both of whom had years of musical experience but had since put their instruments in storage.
One by one, the guys dusted everything off and, once again, put them to good use. Naturally, just as their instruments came out of the vault, so did the group's signature sound.
While glossy pop hooks and wall-of-sound production methods have long become typical, Post Arcadia favors the simple, melody-driven tunes of bands like the Eagles and The Jayhawks. A mix of folk-rock and country without the twang, Post Arcadia enjoys the organic feel you get from its simple musical arrangement.
"Everything we play is real stripped down," Bendure said. "We like it that way."
The band has seen a positive response from all age groups, although those in their 30s and 40s seem to especially enjoy the vintage sound, and the memories that style evokes.
"For us, music, in a way, is nostalgic," Bendure said. "We're not trying to sound like anybody, but I think people get that sound."
Post Arcadia played its first gig in September 2009, but has accomplished a lot in the short time since. The quartet has performed a flurry of concerts, including high profile performances at the Norman Music Festival and in support of the Texas Playboys.
And while the band already has one full-length album in the books, Bendure said Post Arcadia has enough new material to record another album, which the members hope to record, and maybe even release, by the end of the summer. Beyond aspirations to play more shows and spread the word about the band, the Post Arcadia musicians have few goals other than to have fun together as a band.
"We just reconnected, four old friends who had retired and put up away instruments, brought them back out, and now we are making music again and having a good time doing it." Bendure said. "We are all musicians at heart. We can't not play. We can't not make music." "Joshua Boydston