Posse is Paul Wittmann-Todd, Sacha Maxim, and Jon Salzman. Posse formed in 2010 shortly after Paul & Sacha met at a local show (introduced by then-bassist Nic Heliotis). Jon, a former bandmate from Ziskis, was soon added on drums.
In the spring of 2011 Nic left to become a lawyer and Posse moved forward as a 3-piece. At the end of that year, the band went to record with Captain Tripps Ballsington in Olympia, WA, and left the studio with 9 songs. On January 25th, 2012 Posse self released 8 of those songs on their debut self-titled album.
“This up-and-coming Seattle trio debuts with an excellent mini-album of ‘90s-influenced indie-rock reminiscent at times of The Breeders, Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth, with the band’s two principal songwriters (Sacha Maxim and Paul Whitmann-Todd) contributing moody, reverbed guitar lines and laconic, understated vocals on evocative songs spiked with fiery guitar solos and catchy pop hooks.”
KEXP Album Review - Don Yates
“There’s a certain substantial and captivating strength that Posse brings to the stage—the band is charming, rocks heavily, takes musical and stylistic cues from some venerated examples (Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth are the obvious touchstones) and already has a loyal fanbase—nothing’s impeding them from becoming a beloved rock staple of Seattle’s live music scene.”
Erin Thompson - The Seattle Weekly
“Posse’s rough around the edges indie-pop equally satisfies my need for moody melancholy and toe-tapping catchiness. There’s a sunny slur to the songs, like the year’s first trip to the beach where its the brown-bagged booze that keeps you warm instead of the sunshine and Posse has me drunk.”
Sound on the Sound
“Seattle’s Posse is a great trip back to the 90’s boy-girl vocals that bring up thoughts of Yo La Tengo and Kim Deal. It’s simple, raw, and a pure joy to listen to with its twangy country background.”