There are many things to get excited about then listening to ‘Hollow’ from Mersey rockers Pocket Apocalypse. First of all, it’s refreshing to hear this sound coming from a Liverpool based band. With work under way from promoters such as Erstwhile looking to encourage and represent music falling on the heavier side in Liverpool, bands like Pocket Apocalypse could well have a future in this shift of attention to these kinds of music in the city.
Their guitar sound and approach to riffs is very similar to London 3 piece Arcane Roots. With tons of attitude, hints of discord and an air of math about it, this is not a bad comparison to draw and will make Pocket Apocalypse an instant favorite for anyone who is a fan of the alternative rock with ‘a hint of math’ sound.
The drums find that balance between playing just enough to make it interesting whilst also not over complicating and ruining what is quite a meaty riff that travels through the spine of the track. The lyrics also find a natural balance, switching between some quite pleasant harmonies and softer parts all the way to some more angst-ridden shouts.
There’s some huge potential on show in this track. We’re excited to see what else they’ve been working on, how it translates live and if they can improve on what is an intriguing debut single.
Pocket Apocalypse’s debut album, Under Our Sky, is due out 23rd March.
The band have the following gigs coming up;
Wednesday 1st April – Stag & Hounds
Bristol Thursday 2nd April – Old Blue Last, London, w/ Lost in the Riots & Polymath
Friday 3rd April, Labyrinth, Haverfordwest
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 25th April – Liverpool, Jacaranda (Album Launch Party)
In addition, the band have been announced for three festivals this year:
Saturday 28th March – Threshold Festival, Liverpool
Saturday 6th June – ALT:made Festival, Sheffield
Friday 21st August – ArcTanGent Festival, Bristol
Words: Brendan Walsh @BW_Drummer