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Empty Pools Announce Their Split

Some sad news emerged last week from the West Country indie rockers Empty Pools who have announced that front woman, Leah Pritchard, will no longer be part of the band.

Having released a scrumptious album, three delicious EP’s, a delectable single and been part of a disgustingly good compilation album with Battle Worldwide Recordings, it’s a shame to see her leave the band.

Here’s the official statement from the band:
“It’s with heavy hearts that we announce Leah’s departure from Empty Pools; she no longer wishes to do the band anymore. We wish her well and reflect fondly over these three short years. Ironically this sudden news comes just as we have completed a new record that turned out as we’d hoped. It’s a five song EP, aptly titled Liberation Prayers and it’s released digitally worldwide on Monday 28 July via Ben’s imprint Enclaves. The EP’s lead track Pacey Grey is streaming now via Soundcloud and updates on the release will be posted in the coming weeks. Unfortunately, physical release, video and live date plans have been shelved.

Aaron, Matt and Ben will continue to make music. We’d like to thank everyone who has helped Empty Pools, put up with our pestering or who were lined up to work with us in 2014 and beyond. Thanks again for indulging us, see you down the front, lots of love Empty Pools.”

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Empty Pools – Holding Pattern EP Review

Empty Pools are a band based in Southville, South Bristol. They released their debut album, Saturn Reruns, in November last year and are following up their last release with their Holding Pattern EP.

Holding Pattern EP will be released on February 17 through Battle Worldwide Recordings.

Empty Pools self-released two singles in 2012, followed by two 7″s on Battle Worldwide Recordings (Frenchkiss Label Group), Safety School (2012) and Small Talk (2013). Since these releases, the band has developed and expanded their sound. The Holding Pattern EP is a wonderful concoction of four superbly crafted songs.

Title track, Holding Pattern, introduces a dark tone to the record with its sombre guitar riffs but this is almost immediately lifted by the introduction of the drums and bass riff. Add the sexy vocals and you have one hell of a track. Empty Pools are brilliant at producing upbeat songs that can lift your mood. Their songs sound full, there are layers among layers of instruments which catch your attention.

Small Talk Part 2 follows on from their previous single release, Small Talk. Small Talk Part 2 begins with a jazz drum beat accompanied by some jazz guitar before it breaks into full flow. The jazz drums and jazz guitar riff feature throughout the song, even if only heard lightly in the background at points, it never loses that jazz feel. It’s a really interesting track which gets the thumbs up over and over again.

The Holding Pattern EP features a remix of the title track by Leeds band, Sky Larkin. The remix sees Holding Pattern transformed into a relaxing, repetitive track that repeats the lyrics, “There’s no decision” among a few other snippets of lyrics. The song has been transformed into a club song – the vocals have effects applied to them to make them jerky, the synths are enhanced and the music subsides and increases to build tension. It’s entirely different to the original but has been cleverly produced to allow it that space to be transformed into a trance/lounge track.

The last track on the EP is Medium Wave. This is another remix track but this time it has been done by The Boy Lucas. Once again, Empty Pools’ song has been transformed into a clubbing, trance inspired track. On first listen to Empty Pools’ music you wouldn’t think that they would work as club tracks but it appears they lend themselves to this genre rather successfully. Medium Wave sees the guitar riff being the most dominant sound at the beginning of the track before the tribal sounding drums take over. Eventually, the drum machine drums kick in and the synths become dominant giving it that truly electronic sound. It’s a dramatic, climatic number which is perfect to end the EP on.

Empty Pools Holding Pattern EP will be released on February 17 via Battle Worldwide Recordings.

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Empty Pools To Release New Single Exploded View And Debut Album Saturn Reruns

Empty Pools are to release their new single Exploded View on Monday 26 August. They are also releasing their debut album Saturn Reruns on November 4 2013.

Empty Pools’ Exploded View is a fantastic five minute plus track showcasing wonderfully soft yet powerful vocals and brilliant guitar riffs and melodies. The music structure and composition of Exploded View really do pay homage to Tubelord whose sound can be described as organised chaos, especially on the harmonies.

Having dropped out of university, window-shopped at a furniture store while spending “a hundred summers” on someone else’s couch flipping through the old TV repeats, 23-year-old singer/guitarist Leah writes with surprising cryptically honest lyrics that sum up a short lifetime’s worth of experiences. Saturn Reruns is Empty Pools’ debut album and it’s an album as equally influenced by the poetic slackerdom of Stephen Malkmus and David Berman as the defiance of Patti Smith, Taylor Swift and Ian MacKaye.

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After bonding as members of John Parish’s band at the turn of the millennium, drummer Aaron and guitarist Ben (who originally met playing in ever-rotating Bristol mainstays Soeza) drifted apart from those bands and each other five or so years ago. After stints in other groups that would inevitably finish an album or book a tour only for half its members to quit, they reconnected in summer 2011 and posted a classified ad seeking a singer and bassist for a potential band. They simply listed The Sea and Cake, Cass McCombs, Pylon, TV on the Radio, Marnie Stern, Talking Heads, Helium, Gang Gang Dance and Karate to attract kindred spirits.

Bassist Matt was the first to make it through auditions, turning up with crumbling rented equipment and a repertoire of indelible funk and soul bass lines by the likes of The Temptations and Marvin Gaye. Leah’s first audition wasn’t such a gut-punch: her vocal performance was so quiet that Aaron and Ben, curiosity piqued, had to invite her back for a second round. There, she threatened the pair with a Bryan Adams cover, but won them over by performing songs by St. Vincent and Cymbals Eat Guitars and the lyrics for what would become the band’s debut single, 2012’s Safety School.

At first, all they had in common was their hometown: all of Empty Pools are based in Southville, South Bristol, home to the city’s immediately identifiable brightly painted houses. “The graveyard of ambition,” as Ben, who abandoned his art school aspirations in favour of music, puts it. Still, it was better than where they had each come from: Matt from Nailsea (“no coincidence that spell-check corrects it to ‘nausea’,” he says) via a long stint as a youth worker in Stockton, a grim Teesside town home to the titular record shop of excellent documentary Sound It Out; Leah from Basingstoke (via The Hague), Aaron from Hungerford and Ben from Yeovil (where John Parish taught him at college).

Quickly, however, Ben’s gnarled guitar parts tangled around Leah’s lyrics taken from notebooks kept since age 15, detailing loss, stagnation and clean breaks. Empty Pools’ 10 finest songs to date make up Saturn Reruns which asks; can you discover an unshakable core self within that will be the basis for a lifetime of growth? At the very least, it’s a defiant clawed fist punched upward through the soil in that graveyard of ambition.

Empty Pools self-released two singles in 2012, followed by two 7″s on Battle Worldwide Recordings (Frenchkiss Label Group), Safety School (2012) and Small Talk (2013). The band have played shows with Menomena, Destroyer, Sharon Van Etten, White Denim, Other Lives, Memoryhouse and Tom Tom Club.

Exploded View will be available from August 26. Empty Pools debut album Saturn Reruns will be available to buy from November 4.

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