London-based Sophie Peacock and Natalie Healey have been friends since childhood, know each other’s secrets – and probably know a few of yours too. Panic Pocket are sassy, sardonic and bursting with amazing songs.
Fuelled by claustrophobia and frustration, new single Get Me is consumed by the desire to push the escape button. Lyrically, the song grapples with a fear of commitment and a determination to defy life expectations.
This sense of cathartic destruction is mirrored in the music. Get Me sees the band stomping on the distortion pedal, building a life-affirming anthem from layers of chunky riffs. The deliberately lo-fi video, shot on an old digital camera Sophie found in the attic, is delightfully deadpan – all snarls and eye rolls against candyfloss backdrops.
Get Me was the obvious choice for the opening track on debut album Mad Half Hour, where Panic Pocket set out their intentions and give you a safe space to scream it all out with them. If you want punkpop exuberance, lyrics that are so truthful they hurt, plus some very infectious tunes – then Mad Half Hour is the soundtrack you need, right down to the minute.
Recommended if you like The Chicks, Tegan & Sara, Charmpit, Le Tigre, Wet Leg, but Panic Pocket are completely unique. The first single from the album, also called Mad Half Hour, received extensive radio play across Europe and the US.
RAINHAM | May 13 | The Oast | Supporting Heavenly (Sold Out)
LONDON | May 19,20 | Bush Hall | Supporting Heavenly (Sold Out)
LONDON | MAD HALF HOUR ALBUM LAUNCH | May 26 | The Cavendish Arms
LONDON | MAD HALF HOUR ALBUM LAUNCH | May 30 | Rough Trade West (6pm
unplugged – free with LP/CD purchase)
PARIS | June 2 | L’International
LONDON | SKEP WAX SUMMER FÊTE | June 30 | The Lexington
SHEFFIELD | Pop Weekender Festival | August 27