The Empty Pockets’ LP Outside Spectrum could easily be a whole night’s worth of performances in a classy, but lively piano bar, in which people from all walks of life sway, sing and enjoy each other’s company. And similar to piano bars, the band has the nice, old-fashioned, classic vibe, which exists in a reality of its own, isolated and largely unaffected by the modern, ever-changing times.
The Empty Pockets float with ease from blues, to jazz, rock, pop with each song, achieving a rich and diverse, yet coherent experience and sound.
We get variety in the vocal department as well, even contrast, as some vocals are female, others are male, but that’s not even the biggest difference. The female voice is amber, powerful and mysterious, evoking a dazzling cabaret singer in a noir film, whereas the male is somewhat reminiscent of the punk frontman who doesn’t take anything too seriously.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the guitars, which are everything guitars should be – melodic, powerful, gentle, rhythmic, free-flowing, and more.
Outside Spectrum is the mark of a truly quality and well-rounded rock and blues band.