St Albans based band The Pocket Gods, have achieved something of a cult status in their 20 years of writing & performing music. From being discovered by the late John Peel to later support from Huw Stephens and Tom Robinson on 6Music, to some truly unique accolades including a Guinness World Record, they’re a band of pure musical maverick’s taking their project to unique heights.
However, the band’s musical journey to this point hasn’t been without it’s obstacles. For years it seemed like the band were cursed with the worst luck you could ask for as an emerging band in the most competitive industry on the planet. It was just a week after discovering the band, that the legendary John Peel passed away. If that’s not enough, Manchester & Factory Records giant Tony Wilson came across the band & died soon after. Their former manager Steve Blacknall, also suffered a near fatal asthma attack soon after taking the band on. There’s bad luck, and then there’s what The Pocket Gods have had. But the band keep the faith:
The Pocket Gods now sit with the likes of David Bowie, Ringo Starr and Justin Bieber in the official Guiness Word Records book for having the most tracks on a digital album (100×30). The numbers represent 100 tracks, each 30 seconds in length. A ludicrous attempt, that was intended as a statement against Spotify’s algorithm to only pay artists & labels after the track has been played for 30 seconds. LISTEN HERE
Now looking towards a more conventional LP set for release at the end of Summer. The new album “The Jesus and the Mary Chain” follows bassist Mark Lee’s time touring with the legendary Creation Records band of the same name. The first single Another Sunny Day, is a feel-good piece of vintage Indie-Pop. Hazy vocals and a lazy groove make for perfect Summer’s evening listening.