Last week I got the pleasure of speaking with Kyle Kramer from “Pocket Odyssey”, a rock band on the rise in the underground music scene of Austin, TX. Bringing life to their name, Pocket Odyssey’s sound heavily revolves around an engaging, journey-like story line inspired by the band’s own life experience. Their lyrical story captures you while heart warming riffs guide you to sprint ready, driving beats, headbanging chords and moving bass grooves.
The year was 2007, it all started in high school when friends Kyle Kramer and Josh Patch came together for their love of music. One jam session led to another and suddenly they started writing. Three years later their missing piece, bass player Joshua Schultz, was added to the duo’s weekly get-together’s and, presto! The puzzle was formed, “Pocket Odyssey”.
The band has been hard at work ever ever since, releasing their debut EP, “Rails” in August of 2012 out of Clockright Studios. “Rails” features three songs, “Peeling”, “Confessions”, and “How the West was Won”. All three of the songs tell the story of an old Sheriff, ambitious to protect his town, but is slowly being driven mad by the corruption that comes with working the job.
Their new album, “Life and Travels”, is expected to drop in March of this year, and will feature a full 12-song track list including a re-recording of the three songs in “Rails” with more development. “We decided to re-record those three because we wanted all the songs to be level and have the whole album sound like one piece.” Kyle explained. In addition to the six tracks that will feature the old sheriff, the second half of the album will feature a sea voyager. Kramer admits, “It’s been interesting to see how those two meld together.”
“It’s going to be loud! Marshall Plexi’s, Gibson ES-35’s, Les Paul’s, the album is very guitar driven.” He continued, “I’m really excited, we are looking forward to hear how it sounds.”
“Life and Travels” was made possible through Pocket Odyssey’s fans in their recent Kickstarter campaign. “For years the big obstacle was that we couldn’t make a big project because we’re all broke, and we’re still all broke. Kickstarter not only helped us overcome that obstacle but it was a great way to connect with our fans on a different level.” Kyle said, “It’s been awesome to get the support that we have received from our fans and it’s been interesting seeing who’s come in the mix with this project. Our friend, Kelli Spencer will be helping us with the artwork and we’re really excited to see what she comes up with”
Pocket Odyssey will be bringing their new music to their fans starting this summer as they start to book concerts in and around the Austin area. As their website is still under development, connect with Pocket Odyssey on Facebook, Twitter, and ReverbNation. You can expect to see bigger and brighter things coming from them very soon.