On June 2nd, Asbury Park, NJ’s Fake Pockets issued Reverie, their sophomore EP for Mint 400 Records, and second overall. It follows debut Magnolia Street which, despite its unfortunately-timed May 2020 release, still managed to be named one of the top records of the year that year.
What Fake Pockets managed to do with this second chance is deliver something incredibly well-timed. Reverie is a perfect early summer record. Turn the car on, crank the windows down, and play this EP at full-volume!
We briefly sat down with Fake Pockets singer/songwriter Devon Alana to get her insight on the new record, her bandmates, and the June 16th Triple Release Show with fellow Asbury Park band The Foes of Fern and Mint 400 labelmates The Extensions.
After Fake Pockets’ last EP in 2020 (Magnolia Street), how does it feel to finally get something new out there and play shows behind it?
Devon: We’re definitely looking forward to a more “normal” album release experience this time around. Performing is such a huge part of what our band loves about making music, so being able to support the new EP with such an awesome release show is amazing! And the fact that it’s a triple release show with The Foes of Fern, and The Extensions, some of our longest music scene pals? You can’t beat that!
How do you measure this record up against all the work you’ve done previously?
Devon: I am so proud of these songs, and I think we’ve stepped up the game a lot in terms of audio quality. Of course, that’s all thanks to the Dream Team we had working on it: (producer/engineer) Frank Lettieri Jr, Eric Bogatz at Spice House, and Elaine Rasnake at Daughterboard Audio really make these songs sound amazing.
What is it about making music that keeps you coming back?
Devon: Performing is a HUGE part of it! I love the energy of a live show and feeling people’s reaction when they’re digging our set. The community aspect is big for me, too. I’ve met some amazing musicians (and just plain amazing people) thanks to our little music scene
Gas up some of your bandmates for a minute; gimme one sentence on each of them.
Devon: Bill Lambusta is not only a fantastic bassist, but he just has an ear for all things music. He pushes us to be better, and I love that! Jake Resnick is an absolute beast of a drummer; he always has fresh ideas that give every song a completely new feel. Cara Introcaso might be the new kid on the block, but she fit right in with our dynamic. She is an insanely good guitarist/singer and we’re stoked to have her in the crew!
What’s one piece of insight you’d tell Young Devon if you were able?
Devon: I think if I told Young Devon I was singing in front of people, she would projectile vomit! So, I would probably tell her she should have some confidence in herself. Because despite what she thinks, she’s actually kinda good at some stuff!
Reverie is now available everywhere music is streamed, and physical copies will be available at live shows. Fake Pockets will be celebrating June 16th on the Baronet Rooftop at The Asbury Hotel with The Foes of Fern, and The Extensions, who will each be releasing their own albums. Tickets are nearly sold out, so get them while you still can!