THE POCKET GODS REVEAL ANTHEMIC SUMMER SINGLE: “SUNNY DAY” - OUT 9 JUL 2021 -
PLUS WATCH THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL VIDEO FOR: “IF YOU SEE A UFO WHO YA GONNA CALL? NICK POPE!”
LIVE SHOW @ 100 CLUB, LONDON – 29 JULY
BEST-OF ALBUM: ‘TIN FOIL HAT CHAMELEON’ (VOL.2, DELUXE EDITION ) – OUT 30 JULY
On 9 July, cult St Albans band – THE POCKET GODS – release their ultimate summer indie anthem: ‘Sunny Day’.
Written about surviving a very hot Summer living in the city where “the grass has turned to dust”, the pairing of Noel Storey and Mark Christopher Lee deliver a quirky, catchy and universally relatable new cut. Matching breezy jangle-pop arrangements to chiming xylophones and guitar breaks that blaze like beams of sunshine, The Pocket Gods announce the arrival of the golden season with classic indie style.
Produced by indie legend Paul Tipler (Idlewild, Stereolab, Placebo), the track is taken from their new best-of compilation ‘Tin Foil Hat Chameleon’ (Vol.2), the Deluxe Special Edition of which hits the shelves on 30th July 2021 (via the Nub Music label) and will offer a bonus selection of additional material.
Also featured on the LP is the zippy, zany new track: “If You See A UFO Who Ya Gonna Call? Nick Pope!”, which is coupled with an official video release today.
Written in tribute to the world’s leading UFOlogist and former head of the M.o.D’s UFO desk, Nick Pope has been described as the real-life equivalent of the X-Files’ protagonist Fox Mulder. Already a verified fan of the track along with his thousands of Twitter fans, Pope can be seen to feature in The Pocket Gods new video too.
No strangers to a song about extraterrestrial life, in 2021 The Pocket Gods have just received news they will be regaining their official Guinness World Record for ‘the world’s longest song’ with their 48-hour long “Song For First Contact”; a track about possible imminent first contact between humans and ET’s. In addition, The Gods will also be holding the Guiness World Record title for ‘most songs/tracks on a digital album’, with the 456-track long opus ‘Morse Code Days In Lockdown’ album.
With a reputation for being one of the most prolific band’s in existence, to date The Pocket Gods have released 67 albums and 40 plus singles and EP since their inception. Formed by Noel Storey (keyboards & sideburns), and frontman Mark Christopher Lee, back in 1998, whilst working at Tower Records in Piccadilly Circus in London; they were originally an alt country band (and even had a pedal steel player) before they were misappropriated by bearded Hoxton hipsters into the eccentric wonders they are today.
Discovered by the legendary John Peel back in 2004 shortly before his death, the band’s cult appeal has infected countless quality broadcasters ever since. Picked up by BBC Radio 1′s Huw Stephens when they won his “Gods Of The Pod” competition in 2006, Tom Robinson fell in love with their lo-fi indie tracks and he invited the band to play a live session at BBC 6 Music in 2010. The band also featured on his BBC Introducing Best Of Discoveries Show in 2017.
Sometimes described as a slightly more tuneful version of Mark E Smith from The Fall and a “Wilful Maverick” (according to Tom Robinson), the band’s latest collection, ‘Tin Foil Hat Chameleon Vol.2’, covers 22 years of their genre hopping madness and finds frontman Mark Christopher Lee exercising both of these qualities in spades. Alongside his prolific musical activities, Lee has recently been raising awareness of mental health issues after experiencing a suicide attempt in January 2019. His experience was shown in the band’s own rockumentary – ‘Weird: The Life And Times Of A Pocket God’ – which was released on Amazon Prime and has been described as – “Spinal Tap meets One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.”
To celebrate the release of their new record, record breaking achievements and the re-opening of venues, The Pocket Gods will be performing at a one-off show at the legendary 100 Club on 29th July. With the show on sale now, fans can purchase final remaining tickets here.
THE POCKET GODS LIVE SHOWS
29th July – The 100 Club
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PRAISE FOR TIN FOIL HAT CHAMELEON VOLUME 1
“I’m reminded of bands like Shonen Knife in that these songs are short and sharp and when they are not tackling harder issues like depression and mental health, they primarily set out to entertain. This is done in the lowest Lo-Fi, taking the every day and putting it on the front page. ‘Tuesday Night Socialist Club‘ is taking real life by the throat and waving its flag from the mast. But what is stranger, is when a number full of punk attitude, like ‘Jombal Party‘, is found rubbing shoulders with the likes of ‘Bermudarectangular‘, where sounds look the 22nd century in the eye and take Sci-Fi by its undercarriage, producing something that is musically quite beautiful.” - God Is In The TV