We're sad to see Mark leave the Pocketbooks gang to pursue his new life in the Westcountry. He's been with us right from the start and has been a pleasure to play with and to know, and we wish him lots of luck!
After an exhaustive search to find his successor, and a rigorous and gruelling audition process (well ok, none of that is true) Ian was in the right place at the right time and his guitar skills impressed us so much that we snapped him up pronto. You might know him as one of the faces of Spiral Scratch and the bass player in The Cut-Outs. We're really pleased to welcome him to Pocketbooks! He made his first live appearance at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes on 7th October and wowed the crowd with his skills and his shiny new guitar.
We're heading into the studio shortly to record some more pop songs for you all. More news on this later!
We've been invited to play in Sweden next year, which is really exciting for us as we've been dying to play there for a long time. We're just negotiating dates and details so watch this space. Andy is already finding it hard coming to terms with the idea of Scandinavian winter, but we're pretty sure we'll be able to coax him on the plane by the time these gigs come around...
Dan and Emma are playing two DJ sets, the first at Indietracks 'Christmas Twee' event on 1 December, and the second on New Years Eve at How Does It Feel To Be Loved? Emma will also play a solo set at Pop, Look + Listen on 18 November, at which Andy's solo project, Sunny Intervals, will also be playing. More details on the gigs page.
Andy has now released his debut solo EP, 'Call And Response' on WeePop! Records.
It comes on a beautiful 3" CD with 5 songs, a hand-made sleeve and inserts. Visit his website for details of how to get a copy!
After what seems like the world record for fastest time finding a drummer, we now welcome Jonny to the Pocketbooks gang! He will be playing his first gig with us at the Pop Art Weekender on Saturday 14 July. Dan and Mark are now playing their native instruments, bass and guitar, so we're pretty much a whole new line-up. Come and see for yourselves!
We're also confirming new gigs as we speak, details to appear on the gigs page shortly.
We've added some new shows to the list - looks like we'll be busy this summer!
The first of these is an all-day event called Summer Sundays which is taking place at The Good Ship, Kilburn. It's on Sunday (no, really?) 17 June, and we'll be onstage at around 5pm. More details here as they arrive. It's promising to be a great day!
Next up is an acoustic gig at Lee Rosy's Tea Shop in Nottingham, put on by Tasty Fanzine on Wednesday 27 June. We really enjoyed playing at a previous Tasty night, so we're really excited that they've asked us back.
On 14 July we're playing at the Pop Art Weekender at The Lark in The Park, London. It's a great venue set on the edge of an Islington park, so not only do you get to listen to the likes of Swimsuit Issue, The Indelicates, Bicycle Thieves, The Gresham Flyers and ourselves, you can also sit out in the sunshine (we hope!).
Into August now, and we're playing at a This Is Fake DIY night at The Old Blue Last, London on 21st.
On 25 August, we play at the Bowlie All-dayer in Nottingham. The final line up is still to be confirmed, but so far we're billed alongside Monkey Swallows The Universe, Lardpony, Horowitz, The Hermit Crabs and The Chemistry Experiment.
After that, Atomic Beat Records are putting on another single launch, this time at The Grapes in Sheffield, along with our Sheffield-dwelling labelmate Pete Green. We recently had the London launch and it was a brilliant night! Thanks to all who came along.
We then leg it over to Oxford a couple of nights later to play at a Swiss Concrete night at the Port Mahon Ale House on 2 September.
That's it for now, apart from saying thanks to everyone who has bought our single. It's been a great success and we're really happy so many of you like it!
|Single launch party 25th May|
Our new single Cross the Line is now available, and to celebrate this we're playing a Beat Hotel show at the Buffalo Bar, Highbury, London on Friday 25th May, along with the wonderful Pete Green, who has released his brilliant single Everything I Do Is Gonna Be Sparkly. Both singles are released byAtomic Beat Records.
Atomic Beat DJs will be providing us with the tunes, and also playing will be The Owls, and Pocketbooks favourites Stars of Aviation. It's going to be a great night - don't miss it!
We also have a £4 guestlist, just email us with your name.
If by then you haven't had enough of us, Andy & Emma will also be playing some tunes at The Soup Kitchen at The Enterprise, Chalk Farm, London on Saturday 26th May. We're really excited about this and hope you can come and dance and help make it extra special!
|New single released 14th May!|
Well, we can finally reveal the exciting news that we're releasing 'Cross The Line' and 'Every Good Time We Ever Had' as our first single! Thanks to the lovely people at Atomic Beat Records, it will be available from 14th May on 7" vinyl and as a download. More info to follow as we finalise the details, but it is being printed and pressed as we speak, and we're very pleased with it - hope you will be too!
We've also added another gig to our list in April, details on the live page.
Indietracks is an indiepop disco on a moving 1950s steam train, with DJs on board and bands playing in the station - quite possibly the best idea ever!
We will be playing along with Slow Down Tallahassee and Tottie, and there will be DJ sets from Offbeat, Tasty Fanzine and Spiral Scratch. It's certain to be a night with a difference!
We've done our first proper interview! You can read it on the Smalltown America Records website. We're also appearing on issue 9 of their Public Service Broadcast compilations, following in the footsteps of The Go! Team, Blood Red Shoes, and more.
We've got some exciting plans for 2007, including new shows lined up which you can read about on the live page.
'The First World Record' has appeared on a compilation called Best Free Legal Downloads of 2006 at www.indie-mp3.co.uk, where you can download the whole thing, complete with artwork, for free.
As well as this, another of our songs, 'I'm Not Going Out' has appeared on a Tasty Fanzine CD, Tasty Tracks Volume 3, which will be given away free at Tasty gigs. For details of gigs, visit www.tastyzine.org.uk
We also hope to be making an exciting announcement shortly which we're just itching to talk about - watch this space for details!
|Our last show of the year!|
Thanks very much to everyone who came along to our very last show of 2006 at the Good Ship in Kilburn, London - we had a great night and we really enjoyed your dancing!
We're now taking a short break to work on our plans for next year, and look forward to seeing you in 2007!
|The Kids At The Club compilation|
We're very excited to say that we've contributed a song to the indiepop compilation The Kids At The Club - the first ever release on the new How Does It Feel To Be Loved? label.
The CD features 19 fantastic tracks, including songs by Voxtrot, I'm From Barcelona, Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, Saturday Looks Good To Me and lots of superb new bands. It also comes with some beautifully written sleevenotes.
The compilation will be in UK shops from 4 September, but is available to order online now from theHow Does It Feel To Be Loved? shop.
|Two free compilations!|
We're well chuffed to have a song included on the Best of Indie MP3 2004/06 compilation, which is free to download and comes complete with lovely artwork and sleevenotes.
There's also a Pocketbooks song on the Indie Pop World podcast/compilation, which showcases new indiepop from around the world. Pick it up free at Take Your Medicine.
|8 Sept 2006 - New release - The Kids at the Club compilation|
The official launch for the compilation is on 8th September, at The Windmill, Brixton. Hope to see you there!