Winnipeg band Pocket Change is pumped to record

Local band Pocket Change is slated to record their first EP, and you can hear the evolution of their sound tonight at Ozzy’s as part of Manitoba Music’s New Music Wednesdays.
Pocket Change plays New Music Wednesdays on February 5, at Ozzie's in Osborne Village. (Matthew Ryan)

Pocket Change is a rather tidy Winnipeg band with a clean, composed sound that belies their age.  

“[We] first came together after I attended a street show outside the Gas Station Theatre in Osborne [when] I was 15,” explained lead singer and guitarist Mike Wiebe. “I had friends who were musical, and making music together seemed to make sense after that show in the village.”

Four years later, Pocket Change – whose members also include Jonas Cornelsen (bass/vocals), Brandon Letkeman (piano/synth) and Nolan Kehler (drums/vocals) – is slated to record their first EP at Private Ear Recording with veteran producer John Paul Peters.

“We’re really excited to be working with John Paul (whose numerous credits include co-producing Royal Canoe’s newly Juno nominated Today We’re Believers)," said Kehler.

“We’ve spent some really formative hours with JP already, getting to the roots of our arrangements and making changes to achieve a cohesive collection of songs.”

Audiences can hear the evolution of their sound on February 5 at Ozzy’s, as Pocket Change will be playing as part of Manitoba Music’s New Music Wednesdays along with singer/songwriters Alan Wong and Matt Moskal.

On the first Wednesday of every month, Manitoba Music features three made-in-Manitoba acts, providing a showcase for up-and-coming local talent.

“Winnipeg’s scene is ever-growing, and getting noticed is never easy, but the network is tight,” explained Wiebe.

The band will be hitting the studio in two weeks time over their reading weeks from Canadian Mennonite University and University of Winnipeg, when most other students will be skipping town.

“We're starting Louis Riel Day, recording as much as we can in five 12-hour days,” said Kehler. “It’s going to be insane, but we’re looking forward to butting heads and pumping out some tunes that we’re happy with.”

To fund the fourthcoming EP, Pocket Change has started an Indiegogo campaign which, at the time of this writing is about a third of the way there.

They plan to have five tracks ready for late 2014/early 2015 to bring out on tour.

Hear Pocket Change at Ozzy's, 160 Osborne St., Wednesday night, February 5 at 8:30 p.m.