Recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London, Gotta Find The Moon is the much-anticipated follow-up to Chicago's the Empty Pockets' Billboard blues chart-topping album, Outside Spectrum.
The Chicago roots collective known as the Empty Pockets made their mark with their 2022 release, Outside Spectrum, which topped the Billboard's Blues Albums chart upon release. Now, they're back with a fresh studio album that takes it up a notch. Gotta Find the Moon features twelve new original tracks and two standout covers, all recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Blending Americana, folk, and rock 'n' roll with soulful roots, the band has a unique style that comes from years on the road and a wealth of experience. Band members - Josh Solomon, Erika Brett, Nate Bellon, and Adam Balasco - have crafted a musical chemistry that's hard to miss, and their new self-released album shows their evolution and passion.
Explaining the album's title, Josh says it's about seizing the moment and finding light even in dark times. Gotta Find The Moon is a reflection of the band's journey, from their earlier albums like The Ten Cent Tour and Voices to the success of Outside Spectrum last year. Meanwhile, they've recorded or shared the stage with some of the biggest names out there, including Portugal. The Man, George Lopez, Al Stewart, and Simon Kirke of Bad Company and Free fame.
For Gotta Find the Moon, the band decided to keep it real. They recorded most of the album in one room with minimal overdubs, capturing the raw energy of their music. Working inside Abbey Road Studios they say, was a dream come true and brought out their best.
The album's tracks reflect a range of emotions and experiences. From the lead track "Gotta Find the Moon" to the uplifting message of "Make It Through," the band's sound is a mix of heartfelt lyrics and catchy melodies. Their cover of Eric Clapton's "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" and their take on Fairport Convention's "Meet Me On The Ledge" show their versatility. "Daylight," inspired by a Barack Obama speech, is a call for standing up for what's right, which feels particularly relevant these days, while "Sour Lime" and "Shocked By An Electrician" showcase the band's musical prowess. The touching "Name In A Song" is a personal dedication, and it's clear that these tracks come from a genuine place.
The Empty Pockets' music is all about connection. Whether through their albums or live performances, they share their love for music with audiences. In a world that needs unity, their songs remind us of the power of music to bring people together.