Pocket Satellite @ Proud 10th April 2011

Pocket Satellite are a band whom every lover of Folk/ Pop music should go and witness. If you are a fan of Slow Club then you will love this 5 piece band. Pocket Satellite conist of Maya Zosmer, Carl Haag, Richard Falk and siblings Ruth and Tom Dixon. Now I have seen them play live only the twice however before that I was literally addicted to their EP Toy Train. So the moment it was announced that they were going to play at Proud I then jumped at the chance to be at this gig. The fact that this evening clashed with another band I wanted to see was extremely unfortunate. Originally Pocket Satellite were due to play at 8pm but then I got lucky and this then turned to 7pm. So the ambitious task of seeing 2 bands at 2 different venues in London was game on. I reached the venue around 6.45pm and the artist whom was onstage was just wrapping up his set. The moment he finished people left and then I made my way to the seats at the front. Now this was the first time ever the venue had plenty of tables and comfy chairs. Normally you have to stand to view the band. The night kicked off with Toy Train. “We’re just going to go for it” Zosmer said before there was a slight malfunction. The band then picked themselves up and lauched into this wonderful song and the lyrics are amazing. The harmonising was fantastic. “So how is everyone it’s a beautiful day” Carl said to the audience. Maya followed up by saying  “What are you guys doing here”. The whimsical Rocks In Shoes followed on. Zosmer then told the audence “It’s about not wanting to go to work” . Now this song is ever so entrancing plus it is gentle, mellowing and soothing as well. This is by far my favourite song by the band and Maya’s vocals are beautiful. It was then onto Fake Sun “It’s a song about my little brother” Zosmer said to the audiece. Now this is a storming song which was over in a flash. There is plenty of energy given off from this song and you are even tempted to have a dance to it. Actually it reminds me of a barndance/ hoedown. Ruth was also playing banjo for this song. After plenty of applause it was then onto We Chased Soldiers which is taken from the first EP Toy Train. This gentle song was then followed up by a Paper Aviator. This was a lovely song and it also continues with the fascination of space within the lyrics. Next was a brand new Untitled song which Haag said was a work in progress. This song was a little rough around the edges but with a little polishing off it will be a right cracker. Plus there was plenty of glockenspeil. Well this new song went down a treat it’s always nice hearing new material. The fun song Windows was next. This upbeat song was sung by both Carl and Maya. Even though this song is slightly cheesy it is extremely catchy at the same time. An addition was made to the set this was a bonus song. The band then launched into the beautiful Parachutes. I love the keyboard intro by Ruth it sounded so entrancing, soothing and mellowing. This again is another soft and gentle song plus the glockenspeil yet again featured. Ending the night was the opening track of the new EP Paper Aviator. This again was another fun song and this being the rip roaring Man On A Boat. Now this song just oozed plenty of energy and it was plain to see that the band were having fun singing this song. This song was delivered strongly plus they stormed through this song which resulted it being over in a flash.

SET LIST

Toy Train
Rocks In Shoes
Fake Sun
We Chased Soldiers
Paper Aviator
Untitled Pocket Satellite Song
Windows
Parachutes
Man On A Boat

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