Panic Pocket: Mad Half Hour
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Panic Pocket, the London Punkpop duo, have launch their debut album Mad Half Hour through Skep Wax
Panic Pocket, aka Sophie Peacock and Natalie Healey, buddies since childhood, are playful, tuneful, sardonic and sassy. Coming collectively as a band in 2017 they turned a DIY sensation, releasing debut EP By no means Gonna Occur, through Reckless Sure in 2019. For his or her debut album, Mad Half Hour, the duo have discovered a brand new residence, Skep Wax.
Talking to the label’s Rob Pursey of the signing he stated, “A brand new wave of Indiepop is rising within the UK and Panic Pocket are on the forefront of it. They reminded us of a great deal of bands we love, Bratmobile; Beautiful Eggs; Sleater-Kinney and Le Tigre whereas additionally seeming fully distinctive, they know methods to flip anger and humour into sensible pop songs.”
From the primary time I performed it, and play it I’ve many occasions over current weeks the shut, I’ve been drawn into the often off-kilter, killer harmonies. The subject material jogs my memory of bands corresponding to Coming Up Roses and The Pipettes; there’s additionally an Amanda Palmer-ish vibe on some tracks too. It’s actually a breath of contemporary air recorded at Dean Road Studios in Soho and produced by Keith TOTP who has additionally labored with certainly one of my favorite bands, Fightmilk.
Beginning with current single, Get Me, with it’s driving rockish riff, it attracts you in, lyrics fuelled by claustrophobia and frustration and consumed by the need to push the escape button while grappling with a concern of dedication and a dedication to defy life expectations. It units the tone for what’s to return over the following 30mins. Mad Half Hour delivers 10 indie-pop anthems protecting various points together with, being at odds with life’s accepted milestones and feeling alienated from the individuals you thought needed the identical issues as you, whereas making an attempt to forge your personal path.
You’re by no means various seconds away from a monster hook or an acerbically witty flip of phrase worthy of the band’s heroes corresponding to Aimee Mann or Liz Phair. No reminiscence or topic is off-limit or too painful; from receiving a cryptic “frog emoji” from a long-forgotten one-night stand on on Out Of The Woodwork, to Don’t Get Me Began’s
road lit stroll of disgrace “through Morrisons automotive park”,
On prime of their clear Indie credentials the duo are also additionally masters (mistresses?) at synth infused pop accomplished with a dose of panache and no small diploma of charisma. The primary single launched from the album was the albums title observe, Mad Half Hour, which noticed Sophie and Natalie take the lid off the dressing-up field marked ‘Nineteen Nineties’ making a joyous, half-pisstaking, half-loving tribute to the ladies who popularised the phrase ‘Lady Energy’.
Moderately proceed to wax lyrical on the album I might extremely counsel you obtain this album, or higher nonetheless simply purchase it. As talked about, no topic is off limits, and you might wince at occasions (particularly for those who’re male), however you then’ll be laughing at tracks corresponding to, I’ve Earned My Proper To Be Petty, with it’s scathing opening verse of “Nobody cares about your Instagram / It’s all faux, your life’s a sham / Nobody must know you train / Sit it out and eat some fries”.
Panic Pocket have a number of gigs lined up over the approaching months
Could 26 – The Cavendish Arms, London, UK
Could 30 – Tough Commerce West, London, UK
Jun 30 – The Skep Wax Summer time Fete, Lexington, London, UK – tickets right here
Aug 26/27 – Sheffield Pop Weekender – tickets right here
Panic Pocket could be discovered on Fb, Twitter, Instagram and Bandcamp
All phrases by Iain Key. See his writer profile right here or discover him on Twitter as @iainkey
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