Pocket Venus - "Make It Through Your Day"
(Secrets Of Sound 2002, SOS 004, CDEP)
From Aural Innovations #19 (April 2002)
Pocket Venus is a new Welsh band that came our way from Neil Crud's Secrets Of Sound label. If this 4-song EP is any indication of things to come then I'm hot for more because these guys have the makings of a killer band. Pocket Venus incorporate elements of space rock and psychedelia into what is really a solid kick ass rock band. The opening track, "Through Your Day", reminded me of Porcupine Tree with its acoustic guitar, gorgeous electric guitar licks, and trippy synths. Maybe a bit like Sky Moves Sideways only this is a fuller band sound and an actual song rather than an extended excursion. Very nice. "Rollercoaster" is another great song with killer crashing guitars. These guys do a great job of backing their songs with excellent music. "Like You" opens ballad style but with bubbling space synths and a slow guitar that builds the intensity level. "Like You Too" is an instrumental follow up to "Like You" that goes into kick ass rock heaven with shimmering, wailing, and screaming guitars and symphonic keys. A beautiful blend of space, psychedelia, and blow-your-face-out rock music. The production is excellent producing a full guitar assault sound that gives power to the music. It's like Sons Of Selina when their they're in full rock out mode, an analogy I mention because Neil Crud from that band produced Pocket Venus. Recommended.
For more information you can visit the Pocket Venus web site at: http://www.pocketvenus.co.uk.
Last time I looked that site was still under construction so if that's still the case go to the Secrets Of Sound site at: http://www.link2wales.co.uk/secrets.htm.
Contact via snail mail c/o Secrets Of Sound; 4 Dundonald Ave; Abergele; North Wales; LL22 7SP; UK.
Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz