Pocketclub - Rock Against Racism
"You can't go one show without telling people you feel like Beyonce can you" - that's Adam of Pocketclub summarising the band in one sentence. Although there was a highly exciting cover of Beyonce’s ‘Sweet Dreams’, Pocketclub performed a stripped back set of their old and new songs last week in the series of Rock Against Racism gigs at Rivington Place.
Pocketclub’s new songs are top notch, particularly ‘Late In The Evening,’ and the trio also performed a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘War,’ which was joined in by the whole audience, all of us harmoniously singing ‘we don’t need no more trouble.’ The walls of the room were covered in emotional photographs reflecting some of society's issues, which this night was themed in raising awareness of, which you can see in all the photos here.
The band performed their classic songs 'Homesick' and my personal favourite of theirs, 'Mary Goes Down,' which is the first one they ever wrote as a group. They're really cool to watch as a band because each member is really vital to the sound. They also had some very new artistic bits incorporated into their sets, in the theme of Rock Against Racism and really successfully putting the message out. Spoken Word artist Dylema performed with the band in their song ‘Lords,’ with her piece 'What If A Black Girl Knew,' which was highly thought provoking and expressed the difficulties faced in this occasionally not so pleasant culture we live in.
Pocketclub are one of a kind, in that it’s amazing that their set up works for both big gigs at Barfly in their full, heavy-bass line and electronic set up, as well the intimate, sit-down set up that Rivington Place was, in this stripped back version with a political focus. The guys delivered an amazing performance with their semi-electronic set-up and brilliant vocals from lead singer Adem, carrying a strong and important message successfully through to the audience, and how I’ve seen so many Pocketclub gigs and still love it each time! Woo Pocketclub.