MEND001: Pocketbooks - Waking Up EP/CD
'Waking Up' 4 track EP/CD
Released May 2008
£2.50 (Postage costs: UK 50p, Europe £1.00, USA/Rest Of World £1.50)
Waking Up / Falling Leaves / Love Is The Stick You Throw / Don't Stop
Pocketbooks are a pop band from London, combining melodic boy/girl harmonies, spiralling guitars and delicate piano lines. Expect a sprinkling of dazzling 60s soul alongside some sparkling indiepop charm!
They first introduced themselves to the world by appearing on the 2006 compilation 'The Kids At The Club' (How Does It Feel To Be Loved?) alongside indiepop favourites such as Voxtrot, I'm From Barcelona and Lucky Soul. Since then, they've played gigs across the country, including headlining the first ever Indietracks event on a 1950s steam railway in Derbyshire in April 2007. This event has now turned into an annual two-day festival each July, which several of the band now help to organise. They've played shows with some fantastic bands, including The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, God Help The Girl, Art Brut, Fanfarlo, The Wedding Present, Darren Hayman and Monica Queen.
In 2008 they hit the summer festivals, including the Rip It Up festival (Sweden), Offset festival, The Mix festival in London, and a return to the Indietracks festival.
Their debut single, Cross The Line (Atomic Beat Records, 2007) was described by Simon Armitage as “pure snowshaker pop, and more dressing table than kitchen sink”. This was followed by an EP, Waking UP (Make Do And Mend Records, 2008), which Losing Today described as “Spring-ushering tinglesome guitars, softly shy eyed lilting melodies and hopelessly lovelorn boy / girl harmonies.”
Their debut album, Flight Paths, was released on 13 July 2009 on the How Does It Feel To Be Loved? label. This was preceeded by a single, Footsteps, on 15 June. Songs from the album have picked up radio play from Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Gideon Coe (BBC 6Music) and John Kennedy (Xfm).
Words/music by Andy Hudson except 'Love Is The Stick You Throw' by Daniel Chapman/Emma Hall. Recorded and mastered at Random Colours, London. Cover art by Emma Hall.