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TeenBeat Signs D.C.'s Pocket Rockets

Catherine Lewis reports:
Washington, D.C.'s Pocket Rockets are set to release their debut album, Love or Perish, on TeenBeat Records in June. The group formed in 1999 in an alleyway behind D.C.'s 9:30 Club after an Imperial Teen show, when Lili Schulder (guitar, vocals) overheard Carmen Clark (bass, vocals) talking about forming a glam-rock band. The two started writing songs, bringing in drummer Mat Lewis to round out their sound, becoming a little less 'glam' and a little more 'rock' along the way.

Love or Perish was recorded last year in Athens, Georgia, by Bill Doss (Olivia Tremor Control, The Sunshine Fix), and sounds like an odd mix of twee, psych, punk, and new wave all at the same time. But what else would you expect from a band that is literally putting the 'teen' back in TeenBeat? Ryan Lewis (co-honcho of Kindercore Records and drummer Mat's half-brother) guests on a couple of tracks. Tracklist:

01 Bella Lugosi
02 Song For Giraffe Boy
03 A Film By Shooting
04 Solid Gold
05 Glam Saved the Day
06 Sleep Is The Enemy
07 Fast Asleep In Tintern
08 The Youth Can Have It All
09 Deva-station
10 Cookie Blows A Fag
11 Just A Dream
12 T.W.A.T.

P-Rox are playing with the Dismemberment Plan on June 21st at the Black Cat and are planning a few other shows this summer in support of Love or Perish.

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.: TeenBeat:
.: Originally published: 15 May 2002
.: Items mentioned above on Love Or Perish (Pocket Rockets, 2002).