Wednesday, 1 October 2008

October 2008

We played our last London gig of the year on 24 October, and we really couldn't have enjoyed the night more! We'd just like to thank Lostmusic for asking us to play, and everyone who came along - it was lovely to see so many of you dancing and singing!

We'll be playing one more show in Nottingham on 16th November, then we'll be taking a little break before our album comes out next year. Watch this space!

There's also a little interview with Andy and Emma on the All That Ever Mattered blog. Pop on over and have a look!

Monday, 1 September 2008

September 2008

Well it's officially Autumn now, so to provide you with the perfect soundtrack as you step on the crunchiest leaves in the street, we've decided to make our song 'Falling Leaves' available for free download for a short time only!

It's taken from our last EP, which you can still buy from Make Do And Mend Records.

We're about to head off to studio now to record our album, and will be back soon to tell you all about it!

Friday, 1 August 2008

August 2008

We're disappearing for a while…But don't worry – we will be back, hopefully with eleven newly recorded songs in the form of our first album!

We'll be shutting ourselves away in a Brick Lane basement from the end of September, but will come out and tell you all about it once we've finished, and hopefully do some more shows then too.

In the meantime, if you haven't picked it up already, you can still download our last studio recording, 'Summertime' completely free from here!

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Pocketbooks mini-tour

We kicked off the mini-tour in July with our first international show at the fantastic Rip It Up festival in Sweden, which was possibly the most fun Pocketbooks had ever had! We'd like to thank everyone who came to see us, put us up, and drove us around – we hope to come back soon! You can read a little write up here.

Before we even had time to unpack, we were off again to do some warm-up gigs in London and Nottingham, and then on to the Indietracks festival where we played our favourite show in Pocketbooks history! Despite the sweltering heat, we were joined onstage by several audience members who danced away to our last song – thanks to all of you for making it so much fun, and again to everyone who came along to see us! Again, there's a little write-up of our experience of Indietracks here.

To round off the mini-tour, it was back to London for a gig with fellow Indietracks bands Ballboy + The Smittens at The Luminaire, a show we were really excited about for ages. Thanks to Spiral Scratch for providing the perfect finalé to our tour!

We did a little set at The Mix festival in Southwark. Organised by young people in the area, it was really great to see them using their talents and spreading the message that not all kids are up to no good! We hope the festival was a great success for the borough and beyond. Here's the write-up for that too.

Monday, 2 June 2008

June 2008

We've got a couple of especially exciting festival appearances in Derbyshire and Sweden as well as a string of gigs in June and July.

First up though, you might be interested to read this interview with Dan and Ian on the Indietracks Festival blog. As well as finding out which Pocketbook appeared in a Faithless video, you can also download an exclusive new song 'Summertime' completely free!

Rip It Up festival - 18-19 July in Saffle, Sweden
We're really excited to be playing at this years Rip It Up festival, which will be held on July 18th and 19th in a small town called Saffle, located a couple of hours by train north of Gothenburg.
The line-up so far includes The Clientele, Another Sunny Day, Pipas, The Tidy Ups, The Dreamers, Twig, Cocoanut Groove and a DJ set from The Honeydrips. For full information, please visit

Indietracks festival - 26-27 July, in Ripley, Derbyshire
Indietracks looks like it's going to be even more fantastic this year! It takes place on a 1950s steam railway in the Derbyshire countryside, and as well as enjoying the bands, you can have unlimited trips on the railway, visit the museum and farm and enjoy late-night indiepop discos!
There's over 60 bands playing this year including The Wedding Present, Los Campesinos!, Darren Hayman, The Bobby McGee's, The Kabeedies, KateGoes and The Wave Pictures. Hope you can come along! There's further details at

For a round-up of all our upcoming gigs, go to the shows page.

And of course, our Waking Up EP is still available if you would like to pick up a copy. It's just £2.50 plus p+p from Make Do And Mend Records.

Hopefully see you at one of the gigs. It's going to be a great summer!

Sunday, 1 June 2008

New track 'Summertime' appears on two compilations!

Heaven Is Above Your Head 'A Summer Spelling It' - This lovingly compiled compilation of summer songs is available to download for free together with the artwork from here. Choose from two volumes, but here's a tip: we're on the second one!

Eardrums Music 'Summer's' Here' - Once again, a two-volume compilation of summery loveliness which is available to download, along with the artwork, absolutely free from here.
We're really pleased to have our newly-recorded track 'Summertime' included on both of these. Enjoy!