I confess that I may be a bit of a dinosaur, I am certainly getting long in the tooth but I like to think I know a good tune when I hear it. I also tend to think that there is nothing new under the sun and frankly I don’t really understand the need some music fans seem to have to tie down a band into a genre or sub-genre.
Pocket Apocalypse have been described as post-rock, math-rock and even prog! Wow. I even logged into wikipedia to find out what the hell math rock is. Apparently it means a band that used unusual time signatures (anything other that four beats to the bar) in their music. Seriously? Bob Dylan was doing that on folk tunes in the early 60’s. Woody Guthrie did it long before that and Jazz musicians have been doing it since god knows when!
Anyway, back to Pocket Apocalypse, what can I say about them. Well lets start with them being a 4 piece from Liverpool and they are good. Well actually they are better than good, they are excellent. I was hooked from 30 seconds into the superb album opener, Glass.
What you get is high energy, unapologetic guitar based rock. Two guitars, bass and drums. If you are an old fart like me I was at times reminded of Steve Hackett era Genesis, at other times of 2112 era Rush. If you are a whippersnapper like my 16-year-old you might come up with a description something like “A mix between The Killers and Enter Shikari.”
At times there is a prog-rock feel to the songs check out ‘The Missing Piece‘ as a taster. It was released earlier last year with an official video which you can watch here:
At times the songs are riff driven and at times Chris Catterall’s lead guitar picks out some lovely little melodic riffs. Listen to the album closer “Whats Left Behind” and you will see what I mean. There delicate little riffs underpinning the whole track. What is lovely to my ears is that is all fits together beautifully, these guys are tight, and I mean “Camels ass in a sandstorm” tight. There is not a dropped note or a missed beat through the piece.
In a few short words I think this is a real stunner of a debut. Well written, unapologetic and passionate guitar rock. I can see the anthem nature of the songs going down an absolute storm with festival crowds and I hope that I can catch these boys at a festival or two over the summer months. I would love to see them out on tour with someone like Enter Shikari, Kasabian, Muse, Queens Of The Stone-age or Marillion to expose them to a bigger audience who would appreciate their musical style. Prog Magazine hailed “Under Our Sky” as an “excellent take on melodic post-rock fusion” and that seems like a fairly sound analysis.
“Under Our Sky” is Released 23rd March 2015
You can download a song for free at http://www.pocketapocalypse.bandcamp.com
Take note of Pocket Apocalypse, I suspect you will be hearing more from them in the near future.
Pocket Apocalypse are:
Nick Jones – Vocals, Guitar
Chris Catterall – Lead Guitar
Lee Cuzzocrea – Bass Guitar
Phil Dunn – Drums
UK Tour Dates:
Wednesday 1st April – Stag & Hounds, Bristol
Thursday 2nd April – Old Blue Last, London, w/ Lost in the Riots & Polymath
Saturday 4th April – The Ferret, Preston, w/ Waking Aida & Jekyll
Friday 10th April – The Flapper, Birmingham, w/ Samoans
Saturday 11th April – The Live Rooms, Blackpool, w/ Go Around Captain
Thursday 16th April – The Thirsty Scholar, Manchester
Wednesday 22nd April – Bar Bloc, Glasgow
Friday 24th April – Opium, Edinburgh
Saturday 30th May – alt:made Micro-Festival, Sheffield
Friday 21st August – ArcTanGent Festival, PX3 Stage, Bristol