FRESH: ‘How Long?’ – Pochenski

Pochenski debut with “How Long?”

Manchester band Pochenski have just released their debut single, “How Long?”, an indie Brit pop/rock number that reminds you of The Stone Roses when they first started out. Daniel Pye (guitar/vocals) Kieran Joyce (bass/guitar/vocals) amd George Coleman (drums) formed the band in 2019 and have already laid down a number of tracks set for release in 2021 with “How Long?” introducing us all to their sound and their journey.

“How Long?” was recorded at their homes in Manchester and London with final mixing and mastering completed by longtime friend of the band Joe Murphy of One Bit Productions in Finsbury Park. It certainly has that late 80’s-early 90’s feel to it and very definitely has the Manchester sound to it also. “How Long?” is about the human condition. It deals in flashes of childhood memories and the feeling of an unquenchable thirst which can never be fully satisfied with worldly pleasures.

The band say “It’s a song of lost hope inspired by the poem ‘The Dark Night of The Soul’ by St John of the Cross. To realise we are never in control becomes the most control we have, to find the power in surrendering to something beyond ourselves. It was a long year of writing back and forth, emailing endless demos and the first time we have recorded everything ourselves unaided. Collecting all the necessary equipment and creating a way we can cost effectively churn out high quality music from the comfort of our homes”.

We wish them well…

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!