Back Pocket Memory - Beneath The Trees
Hailing from southern California, Back Pocket Memory has been familiarizing themselves with popular venues and rock radio stations alike. Beneath The Trees is the fresh EP from BPM. At 5 tracks, this EP emphasizes BPM's catchy alternative hooks without the overkill.
The first track "Illustrated Girl" escalates a smooth alternative take depicting crush frustration. It zips right along and easily leads into the album. "All We Have" follows the same motion with a chorus that has you singing along by the second refrain. Showing a different angle "The Greatest Divide" varies in pace with guitar leads and vocal bridges complimenting one another. This tracks upbeat yet mellow versatility brings BPM's strengths to the foreground. "Extra! Extra!" comes out fighting with strong alternative leaning on the drums. Empowering lyrics come in right behind the steady pace. Wondering how they might tie up the short list I was surprised to come upon the lighter rock of "Shining Light" that hones in on Chris Pennington's lead vocals. Not a bad way to seal the EP as it almost leaves you wanting another track.
The second round of listening proved beneficial. Able to open for popular acts already on scene, Back Pocket Memory has an easy alternative feel with this EP and won't have trouble finding a listener. Still fresh with the familiar vibe I think BPM has options to grow and I'm sure a live show offers great energy. On a side note, the cover art could use a fresh edit, sans comic book flare.
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