|Session for Art And Music||
We recently did a session for the lovely people at Art And Music. Songs are Falling Leaves, Harbour Lights and Love Is The Stick You Throw. Enjoy!
|New album released!||
Our new album is now officially released!
The CDs come with a lovingly-prepared 12-page booklet with all the lyrics and some wonderful carousel-themed spiral designs, as created by the excellent Krister Bladh. They're available in Rough Trade, HMV, Amazon, Play, Norman Records, Pebble Records, and other carefully selected shops. And, of course, you can also pick up a CD directly from the friendly folk at Odd Box Records.
Alternatively, if you prefer your music instantly and digitally, the album is now available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, emusic, Rhapsody, Tradebit and various other digital places.
We're streaming a few of the songs over on our Bandcamp page, in case you fancy a listen.
Thanks very much to everyone who's picked up a copy already!
The first new Pocketbooks song in over two years, 'Sparklers', is now available on the Indietracks 2011 compilation. This download compilation features 40 fantastic tracks from bands playing at this year's festival, including a number of previously unreleased songs. All proceeds will go to the Midland Railway charity, where the festival takes place. You can pick up the compilation at a pay-what-you-like price here.
We'll be playing our first ever show in Scotland at the inaugural Edinburgh Popfest on Saturday 23 October.
There's some fantastic bands playing over the weekend, including Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, Ballboy, Darren Hayman, Bearsuit, The Just Joans and loads more, and we're really looking forward to it!
The full line up for the weekend is as follows:
Friday 22 October @ The Wee Red Bar
Ballboy, Withered Hand, The Leg, Randolph’s Leap
Saturday 23 October @ The GRV
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, The Just Joans, Kid Canaveral, Internet Forever, Pocketbooks, Be Like Pablo, Red Shoe Diaries, Bearsuit
Sunday 24 October @ The Lot
Darren Hayman, The Bobby McGees, Bobby Baby, Eagleowl, Gordon McIntyre
Tickets can be bought for individual days or as a weekend pass (limited number only) and are available now from Avalanche Records in Edinburgh and online from WeGotTickets. You can also follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter.
Hope to see you there!
|Berlin festival and summer shows||
On the weekend of 3-5 September 2010, we'll be playing at the Indie Pop Days festival in Berlin, as organised by the city's fantastic Let's Kiss And Make Up club night. We're playing on Saturday 4 September night in the Kreuzberg Wasserturm, which is a water tower built in the style of a middle ages castle!
The festival's line up includes an ace selection of bands from across Europe including Lucky Soul, The Sunny Street (featuring our very own Ian), Labrador, and Leaving Mornington Crescent.
We're also playing gigs in London and Leicester over the summer. There's full details of all these gigs and the Berlin festival on our shows page.
We'll be playing at the first ever Copenhagen Popfest, which takes place from Friday 16 April to Sunday 18 April 2010.
The festival will be three days filled with international and Danish indiepop acts, and we can't tell you how much we are looking forward to it! The first set of bands were announced today and include Rose Elinor Dougall, The Electric Popgroup, The Boombox Hearts, Northern Portrait and Leaving Mornington Crescent.
The Popfest will take place at Råhuset - right in the heart of Copenhagen. More details will be unveiled shortly, and we'll post all the information up here. You can also keep up to speed with the festival through its various links: official site, facebook, last.fm, myspace.
Hope to see some of you there!
|Rough Trade Indiepop 09 compilation||
The new Rough Trade Indiepop 09 compilation is out now, available to buy from here! As well as our song 'Fleeting Moments', it's also filled with loads of other ace indiepop tunes from recent years by some of our favourite artists. Highly recommended! We played a set at the Rough Trade East shop on 16 Nov to celebrate the launch - thanks to all of you who came down!
We also played a show with the quite lovely God Help The Girl on 21 November, which was one of our favourite shows ever! Thanks again for all your support, hope you had as much fun as we did!
We're taking a little break now to write some new songs and eat mince pies and stuff, but we'll be back before you know it!
|Show with God Help The Girl||
We’re really, really excited to let you know that we’ll be playing a show with God Help The Girl, the musical/film side project of Stuart Murdoch from Belle and Sebastian. It will take place at the 100 Club in London on Saturday 21 November and is being presented by How Does It Feel To Be Loved?
Tickets sold out only hours after going on sale, but we hope lots of you managed to get them!
Further information is available from How Does It Feel To Be Loved?
|Album released in Japan||
On 21 October our album 'Flight Paths' will be released in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau by the Japanese label Happy Prince. The release also includes the songs from our Waking UP EP and our free download track Summertime.
We are their 16th release, and they’ve also released albums by God Is An Astronaut and The Bird Ensemble. There's more information on the Happy Prince website.
The album is also available from Universal Records in the Philippines and from How Does It Feel To Be Loved? everywhere else in the world.
|Rough Trade Indiepop 09 compilation||
We’ve a song on the upcoming Rough Trade Shops Indiepop 09 compilation, which is coming out next month. More information about that will follow when we have it...
|Flight Paths now released!||
The day has finally arrived! Our debut album, Flight Paths, is now released and has hit the shops! You can order it direct from the How Does It Feel To Be Loved? shop, but it's also available in all the usual outlets like Amazon and whatnot. Or pick it up the old skool way, from a record shop!
We're really chuffed with it and the response we've received so far, but in case you still need convincing, head over to our press page and read some of our favourite press quotes.
We've also got some mega-exciting gigs coming up too - head over to our shows page to find one near you!
|Footsteps released today!||
We're pleased to tell you that our new single, Footsteps, is released today! It is available on iTunes, but you can also download it absolutely free from here.
The single is taken from our forthcoming album Flight Paths, which comes out on 13 July on How Does It Feel To Be Loved? but is available to pre-order now. We also have a video for the single, which you can view here.
|Footsteps: Our new single released 15 June||
We'll be releasing Footsteps as a single on 15 June. Here's the artwork, as designed by our Emma. The photo was provided by Sonja from www.sauerkrautdesign.com
More news on this to follow soon!
|Flight Paths - our debut album||
We're very excited to say that our debut album, Flight Paths, is available from How Does It Feel To Be Loved?. The official release date will be on 13 July, but the label is posting out advance CD copies now. You can order a CD from: www.howdoesitfeel.co.uk/shop.html
One of the songs, Fleeting Moments, is available to download for free from here.
All the artwork was designed by our friend Kris, who, among other things, writes the fantastic Heaven Is Above Your Head blog.
The album was recorded over five days at Soup Studio, which is located under a ukelele shop near Brick Lane in London. It was recorded by Simon Trought, who has also recorded albums by The Wave Pictures, Darren Hayman and loads of other bands that we love. We're really pleased the album is coming out in the spring, as it feels like a springtime album. As you can imagine, we were really excited to be recording these songs in the studio, and we hope this comes across on the record.
We picked mostly new songs for the album, some of which you might recognise from our last few gigs. There's also a couple of our favourites which stretch back to when we first started out as a band. The full tracklisting is:
2. Fleeting Moments
3. Camera Angles
4. The Outskirts Of Town
5. Cross The Line
6. Skating On Thin Ice
7. Sweetness And Light
8. I'm Not Going Out
9. Every Good Time We Ever Had
10. Paper Aeroplanes
11. All We Do Is Rush Around
We had a fantastic time recording it, and we're really looking forward to playing these songs at gigs over the next few months. We really hope you enjoy the album and the free download!
|Happy new year!||
We've got a couple of gigs in January after taking a short break for Christmas. The first is a How Does It Feel? Presents night at The Luminaire on Friday 9th, along with The Ballet + Help Stamp Out Loneliness. The second is a Guided Missile night at The Buffalo Bar, with Fanfarlo, The Laurel Collective + Honeytrap. See our gigs page for more details and how to buy tickets. Hope to see you there!
We played our last London gig of the year on 24 October, and we really couldn't have enjoyed the night more! We'd just like to thank Lostmusic for asking us to play, and everyone who came along - it was lovely to see so many of you dancing and singing! We'll be playing one more show in Nottingham on 16th November, then we'll be taking a little break before our album comes out next year. Watch this space!
There's also a little interview with Andy and Emma on the All That Ever Mattered blog. Pop on over and have a look!
Well it's officially Autumn now, so to provide you with the perfect soundtrack as you step on the crunchiest leaves in the street, we've decided to make our song Falling Leaves available for free download for a short time only!
It's taken from our last EP, which you can still buy from Make Do And Mend Records.
We're about to head off to record our album, and will be back soon to tell you all about it!
We're disappearing for a while…
But don't worry – we will be back, hopefully with eleven newly recorded songs in the form of our first album! We'll be shutting ourselves away in a Brick Lane basement from the end of September, but will come out and tell you all about it once we've finished, and hopefully do some more shows then too.
In the meantime, if you haven't picked it up already, you can still download our last studio recording, 'Summertime' completely free from here!
We kicked off the mini-tour in July with our first international show at the fantastic Rip It Up festival in Sweden, which was possibly the most fun Pocketbooks had ever had! We'd like to thank everyone who came to see us, put us up, and drove us around – we hope to come back soon! You can read a little write up here.
Before we even had time to unpack, we were off again to do some warm-up gigs in London and Nottingham, and then on to the Indietracks festival where we played our favourite show in Pocketbooks history! Despite the sweltering heat, we were joined onstage by several audience members who danced away to our last song – thanks to all of you for making it so much fun, and again to everyone who came along to see us! Again, there's a little write-up of our experience of Indietracks here.
To round off the mini-tour, it was back to London for a gig with fellow Indietracks bands Ballboy + The Smittens at The Luminaire, a show we were really excited about for ages. Thanks to Spiral Scratch for providing the perfect finalé to our tour!
We did a little set at The Mix festival in Southwark. Organised by young people in the area, it was really great to see them using their talents and spreading the message that not all kids are up to no good! We hope the festival was a great success for the borough and beyond. Here's the write-up for that too.
|New track 'Summertime' appears on two compilations!||
Heaven Is Above Your Head A Summer Spelling It - This lovingly compiled compilation of summer songs is available to download for free together with the artwork from here. Choose from two volumes, but here's a tip: we're on the second one!
Eardrums Music 'Summer's' Here' - Once again, a two-volume compilation of summery loveliness which is available to download, along with the artwork, absolutely free from here.
We're really pleased to have our newly-recorded track 'Summertime' included on both of these. Enjoy!
We've got a couple of especially exciting festival appearances in Derbyshire and Sweden as well as a string of gigs in June and July.
First up though, you might be interested to read this interview with Dan and Ian on the Indietracks Festival blog. As well as finding out which Pocketbook appeared in a Faithless video, you can also download an exclusive new song 'Summertime' completely free!
Rip It Up festival - 18-19 July in Saffle, Sweden
We're really excited to be playing at this years Rip It Up festival, which will be held on July 18th and 19th in a small town called Saffle, located a couple of hours by train north of Gothenburg.
The line-up so far includes The Clientele, Another Sunny Day, Pipas, The Tidy Ups, The Dreamers, Twig, Cocoanut Groove and a DJ set from The Honeydrips. For full information, please visitwww.rip-it-up.tk
Indietracks festival - 26-27 July, in Ripley, Derbyshire
Indietracks looks like it's going to be even more fantastic this year! It takes place on a 1950s steam railway in the Derbyshire countryside, and as well as enjoying the bands, you can have unlimited trips on the railway, visit the museum and farm and enjoy late-night indiepop discos!
There's over 60 bands playing this year including The Wedding Present, Los Campesinos!, Darren Hayman, The Bobby McGee's, The Kabeedies, KateGoes and The Wave Pictures.
Hope you can come along! There's further details at www.indietracks.co.uk
For a round-up of all our upcoming gigs, go to the shows page.
And of course, our Waking Up EP is still available if you would like to pick up a copy. It's just £2.50 plus p+p from Make Do And Mend Records.
Hopefully see you at one of the gigs. It's going to be a great summer!