November 20, 2013

These Pockets Are Hot!

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These pockets are hot. The Hot Pockets band formed in the summer of 2012 when local legends Brian LeClerc (guitar) and Sean Rafferty (drums), veterans of numerous East End-based bands, were joined by Christopher Walsh (keys/guitar) and Michael LeClerc (bass).

The group is playing a CD release party at Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Friday at 10 PM. The band is releasing a two-song CD. An "A side" and "B side" like in the good old days. The songs were recorded at Guitar Studio of East Hampton and mastered by East Hampton's own Cynthia Daniels.

Despite being a very new band, the musicians have known each other for years. Before they were of legal drinking age, Walsh and Rafferty performed in No Quarter, later known as the Flood in the 1990s. The band played clubs from Montauk to upstate New York and New Jersey. After 20 years in New York City, where he played in multiple original rock and roll bands, Walsh relocated to East Hampton and accepted Rafferty's invitation to join his new group. Meanwhile, Rafferty and Brian LeClerc had jammed together at many East End nightspots over the years. And the LeClerc brothers have performed together in bands such as Stress Industry and Hurricane.

Playing an explosive mix of classic rock by artists such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, the new band has already graced local stages such as the Stephen Talkhouse, Gosman's Dock, the Montauk Yacht Club, 230 Elm, Indian Wells Tavern and Wolfie's.

The band has recently added original rock 'n' roll to the mix, performing a four-song set at producer/engineer Cynthia Daniels's "On the Air" at Crossroads Music event in February 2013.

The word is spreading quickly throughout the East End and beyond about the Hot Pockets.


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