Watch: Pocket Promise – Music For The Twelfth


Having been on extended hiatus for a few years, Co. Tyrone band Pocket Promise remain of Ireland’s all-time truly great alt-pop bands. With some expectation suggestive of a reunion of sorts in the pipeline at some point in the future, the band have re-emerged, in some form, with the up until-now unreleased ‘Music For The Twelfth’.

With its backdrop of the Northern Irish marching season, the song – over a decade old at this point – should be familiar to anyone caught the band (compised of members that went on to form Seven Summits) during their initial, country-spanning tenure of the mid-noughties.

Speaking of the song’s consciously “anti-political” tone, frontman Cormac Fee said:

“It’s tempting to fall into the trap of ‘nothing has changed since the early days of all this division stuff’, but in reality it has changed. So much has changed. A” few drops of dirt in the ocean don’t make a dirty ocean,” as Ghandi said. The sentiment of the song is that any kind of behaviour designed to intimidate, threaten or provoke others based on their creed, social grouping and/or belief system is wrong. The song voices the frustration associated with being surrounded by that as you grow up and form your own opinions about life. It’s not a political statement, it’s an anti-political statement. I think the song speaks for itself.”

Watch the video for the song – written in 2003 the song and recorded in Black Studios France in 2007 as part of the I’ve Been Here For Ages  album sessions – below.

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