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"state.ie Review of Waving at Strangers"

Pocket Promise, formed some seven years ago, have just released their debut EP and boy, it’s an accomplished release. Recorded in Black Box Studios, France and produced by Dave Odlum, who previously worked with the Frames and Gemma Hayes. ‘Facing Down’, the lead track hooks us from the very beginning with a melodic guitar, up-tempo beat and piano and when the vocals come in, all warm and heartfelt, we realise that the Tyrone four piece have created something very pleasant indeed. The other four tracks are as emotive and lovely as the first, with ‘Safety in Numbers’ bringing the EP to an instrumental close. All in all, we are impressed with this effort. We just hope we don’t have to wait seven years for the album. - state.ie


'waving at strangers e.p.' (e.p. released january 2008)
'i burnt the roller disco' (single released april 2009)
'talkovertalking | If not, the tide will change' (double A-side single June 2009)
'I've been here for ages' (Full length debut album released August 2009)

All releases available from iTunes, Amazon MP3, Napster, Rhapody NOW!



Pocket Promise are an exciting multi-instrumental four piece based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

They use guitars, pianos, keyboards and beat machines to capture a natural sound with twisting melodies and changes of pace and dynamic. Their style ranges from string accompanied haunting arrangements with layered vocals through to riff driven songs with infectious, overpowering choruses. Lyrics bring to mind images of heartache and fragility with carefree consequence and melancholic metaphor in equal measure.

Pocket Promise's debut release was a five track ep entitled 'WAVING AT STRANGERS' (February 2008). The ep was widely lauded on its release. A laidback, low lit, melodic affair, the tracks were taken from a 15 track recording session produced by David Odlum (Glen Hansard, The Frames, Gemma Hayes, Redneck Manifesto, David Kitt, Josh Ritter) and recorded in Blackbox Studios, France (The Last Shadow Puppets, Archie Bronson Outfit) in Summer 2007. The remainder of the tracks comprise current album release 'I've been here for ages' available now to download from from iTunes and all major download sites and via http://www.pocketpromise.com (August 2009).

Pocket Promise released their debut single - 'i burnt the roller disco' in April 2009. The single, which has been widely recognised as an energetic alternative to previous releases, showcases the band at their pop melody best!

June 2009 saw the release of double A-Side 'talkovertalking | If not, the tide will change' (June 2009) - This release possibly best displaying the different sides of Pocket Promise at each end of the spectrum. The opening track follows in the footsteps of 'i burnt the roller disco', tearing a path of sing along, driving melody. The closing track, at times, choosing the lower end of the volume scale but contrasting this sharply with the overpowering depth and size of piano, guitar, bass and drums combined.

A number of tracks from each release can be listened to via the links on this page or via http://www.myspace.com/pocketpromise

All tracks are available to purchase from iTunes, Napster, Amazon MP3 and other major download sites. Physical copies are available here: http://www.pocketpromise.com

The band have enjoyed success this year in the form of regular radio play and live sessions throughout the UK and Ireland including plays on BBC Radio One, BBC Radio Ulster, Phantom FM and 2FM.

Pocket Promise have continued to tour since the release of their debut album in August 2009.

What they say about 'I've been here for ages':

"As you'd expect, it's a killer."

Colin Carberry, Hotpress Magazine

"Chockablock with sky-scraping melodies and radio-friendly indie tunes."

Dan Hegarty, 2FM

"Even at an early stage of development Pocket Promise's songs and musicianship stood out... They've carved out quite a name for themselves on the live scene.."

Jim Carroll, The Irish Times

"...Ages shows off the band’s knack for penning sophisticated, atmospheric indie rock... the band successfully transport the listener to another world. "

David Roy, Irish News

"Pocket Promise are one of the hardest working groups around"

Irish Daily Star

On 'i burnt the roller disco':

‘If you happen to hear a blast of perfect indie rock blasting out of your radio in the next couple of months, chances are it is Pocket Promise.’

Donna Legge, Go! Belfast Magazine and BBC Radio

‘The vein of Soulwax via Franz Ferdinand but sporting a Northern Irish accent.’

God is in the TV, www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk