Pocketbooks : Waking Up EP (Make Do and Mend)
The first track I ever heard from Pocketbooks was "The First World Record" on the HDIF "Kids at the Club" compilation and I must say it didn't make much of an impact on me, lost in between other compilation highlights (and God remembers how numerous they were...)
Retrospectively though, I must say the song WAS part of the comp' highlights and was already showing some good clues on Andy Hudson's writing skills : twirling piano gimmicks, short tempo changes, semi-tortuous verses vs enchanting sing-a-long chorus...
Two years later and after another promising 7" on Atomic Beat, the band has enriched its line-up with some...kids from the club... and is evolving over and over, leaving the early DIY clothing to a more developped sound decorum, a full 5-piece line-up and the sweetest boy/girl harmonies (Emma and Andy's voices do fit particularly well !). Again, this new EP has taken some time to grow on me, which, in this specific case, is a testimony of its asset and intrinsic masked beauty. Go pick it up HERE !