-Jacob Webb, KEXP Song of the Day Podcast, 4-19-13
-Andrew Eide, SSG Music Blog, 3-25-13
-Joe Williams, Seattle Weekly, 2-8-13
Fact: Pandas do not hibernate. Instead, during the winter months, they move to lower elevations where temperatures tend to be higher. And, unlike other types of bears who can sleep through the winter without nourishment, pandas must eat all the time. Hungry bears! But Seattle’s Pocket Panda have been hibernating lately, working on new material that they’re going to share with us in the New Year. Hey, that’s now! So if you’ve liked the lovely indie-rock orchestrations that the band has shared with us thus far (recommended if you like Hey Marseilles), you’ll definitely want to warm up at the Tractor tonight to see what they’ve been working on while huddled up in their cave.
-Megan Seling, The Stranger (1-3-13 Tractor Show Recommended Event Description)
This local six-piece plays inoffensive, fussily orchestrated folk rock.
-Seattle Weekly, (1-3-13 Tractor Show Recommended Event Description)
The Cutest name in Indie Rock? Perhaps! But Pocket Panda deliver more then just an adorable visual—they also offer gentle indie-pop songs with breezy harmonies and a mini-orchestra of cello, violin, and bassoon. According to their website…founder Eric Herbig has been studying classical piano since the age of 6. When I was 6, I was making (and eating) Play-Doh hamburgers. Pocket Panda win!
-Megan Seling, The Stranger
Pocket Panda followed with a lively and danceable set. Their seven-piece band had a unified sound rounded out with keyboards, electric violin, mandolin, and cello. Eric Herbig’s vocals were strong with charisma. They inspire the wild abandon of dancing around a bonfire in the forest. Flames and sweaty nights with melodies that make you forget the letdowns they sing about. Every member of the band was not only talented, but also adorable and kind of like a panda. Pocket Panda, much like their sound, is ready for take-off.
-Lauren Barnhart, The Levee Breaking
With structural nods to local favorites The Head and the Heart, and some subtle Nirvana influences poking through the vocals, Pocket Panda are an exciting confluence of new and old Seattle.
There’s not much out there, but the six Pocket Panda songs I was able to find between their myspace page and iTunes provide a promising start for a new local band. First thing you notice about the band is front man Eric Herbig’s gritty vocals and they way they contrast against hooky piano riffs and co-vocalist Megan Jade’s softer harmonies. Sometimes this contrast arrives in something I would describe as Grand Hallway meets Nirvana (see “The Vampire”), but more so it comes to us in a folk-rock based package (see personal favorite “City”). It’s good music to throw down on a Sunday morning, and just as welcome on a Thursday night.
With such a small sample size currently available, it’s welcomed news that Pocket Panda are planning to release a second EP around October, followed by a northwest tour in support of the EP.
-Wes McMahon, The Deli Magazine
Featuring local synth-pop mini-orchestra, Pocket Panda, you’ll surely fill your desire for structured, melodic tunes complete with woodwinds and strings but they will also draw you in with their harmonic vocals layered with delicately placed synth. When they aren’t whisking you away into a dream-like trance, Pocket Panda will jolt you out of your seat and onto the dance floor; truly a best of both worlds situation
-Jodi Kaufer, Seattle Show Gal