Porpoise are a band based in Stourbridge, West Midlands who formed in January 2007 after their previous bands burst into flames. Their new project consists of Dave Halama (Vocals & Guitar), Pete Stanley (Vocals & Guitar), Jon Behrendt (Bass & Vocals) and Gaz McCabe (Drums). They recorded their first demo, the imaginatively titled III (due to the fact there were three tracks, duh) live, choosing to mic everything up and record straight to tape with Timothy Parkes at The Katie Fitzgerald’s pub. The band made their debut at the same venue and received some great support and feedback from the crowd. They have gone on to play a series of live shows across the Midlands.
March 2008 sees the band putting the final touches to their first proper recording session. Their Zooso EP was recorded again with good friend Timothy Parkes in lounges, bedrooms and backrooms using gear they purchased themselves rather than opt for the money draining option of studio time. This has given them not only an excellent sound but a spring board to produce their own music in their own time without the outside pressures & expectations. Zooso is currently being mixed and mastered by Tim Parkes. The band are readying it for release this month (May 08).
The band have many influences which hopefully come across through the music. Mainly their love of Queen, David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, Mastodon, Guided By Voices & Jawbox drives their sound. Porpoise have been described by Punktastic.com as “Oddly Entertaining” which was seen as compliment on the bands terms. Their songs on first glance may have funny titles, dog barks and loud guitars but there is a depth beyond the surface. Their love of pop songs and rock music makes for interesting listening. If you don’t get it, you don’t get it. It really doesn’t matter. Porpoise make music for fun, that fun drives what they do. How can you be jaded and miserable if you are making your own music and playing it to unsuspecting ears?
i need a long time to find out on witch band you remember me... it sounds a little bit like the early Eagles of deathmetal or...? But you have fun with your music and everyone can hear it... this is the mainthing!
This is my favorite album from Porpoise yet. It has all the fun and energy of earlier albums, with more polish (both in arrangements and production) and a broader emotional range. "Big Cat Tag Team Take Down" is a hard-driving crowd pleaser with a nice guitar solo. California Racist, Silver Bullet and Soldier Bear all bring out a softer, more melodic side of the band that hasn't been so apparent in the past. These songs also show the band's ability to maintain their tongue-in-cheek playfulness while taking on more serious topics. Thanks Poise!
pretty good album, it is clear to see that you guys are improving!
Big cat tag team takedown: its a pretty cool song, i could imagine it being a lot better live.
cool chanting bit at the end.
California racist: Stange title? xD but a pretty good song
Silver Bullet: this is cool song, with a rly catchy riff.
soldier bear:This is my fave song, very catchy and fun.
You are developing a very unique sound, keep it up :)
also, cool album artwork!!
Celebrate: Cool riff... vocals were a bit quiet at first but got louder later on. all in all not a bad song.
Geoff man: not as keen on this song, the guitars were to quiet and i couldnt make out a lot of the riffs at first. The vocals were good on this track though.
Cuckoo Clock: very cool start...
Sliver bullet: good start, not a bad verse, cool chorus. Dual vocals work well there. I like the intro riff a lot. lead in to the second verse works well.
Knuckles: once again, interesting start. Its hard to hear much exept distortion from the guitar(s) at some points... but a good song overall.
Dogs Dogs Dogs: Not a bad song but I think less distortion here so you can hear the riffs better...
General points: I know that this is a live album but I would seriously reccomending using a more clear distortion so the guitar can be heard better. All in all I liked the album, and look forward to more 8).