A horrible hack

Pocket Genius


Year Released: 2011
Format: CD
Label: Boss Tuneage
Reviewed by Samuel Fowler on May 10, 2011
Boss Tuneage need to be commended on their relentless quest to ensure that bands from ages and aaaages ago have a friendly platform waiting for them should they decide the time is ripe to unleash some new goodness. Pocket Genius fit this mould, seeing as their last offering was over a decade ago. Having given a quick listen to a blog link I found with the last record on it (let it never be said cz reviewers don’t do their research!) it duly transpires that:

a) They eschew change

b) This is a good thing in their case

What we have here, yeah, is super! They pitch up camp somewhere around Soar era Samiam. They’ve got the slurred indie rock cast of that band, mixed in with what in places is an almost countryish keen. Fairly often they touch on the emo bluster of something reminiscent the early crackle bands, the guitar work especially is bob on. Check out either "Everyone can't be your friend" on "side b" of the cd for example. CD side b? does this mean if I put it upside down in the CD tray I'll be treated to a whole new experience?


Despite most of this album looking north of the three minute mark, it was over pretty sharpish, & there is definitely more than enough here to make a varied and enjoyable listen. If I had to suggest a band mining these seams, Pocket Genius have to be one of the best I have heard in some time!

Gold star of "actually-being-both-original-and-pretty-great" duly awarded.
Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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