Since the band’s formation in 2006, Burbank’s Back Pocket Memory has built a loyal local fan base and established themselves as a reliable touring act. I myself joined the band in Austin for their shows at this year’s South by Southwest festival. In the interest of full disclosure, the members of Back Pocket Memory are personal friends of mine, so feel free to take my opinion on their musical output with a grain of salt. If, however, you have even an inkling of affection for melodic post-hardcore, I think you owe it to yourself to give the band’s self-titled EP a listen.

Overseen by in-demand producer Erik Ron, Back Pocket Memory packs a more muscular aural punch than past BPM releases, such as last year’s Beneath the Trees, roaring out of the gate with the buzzsaw guitar of “The Prisoner.” The harsh overdrive underscores frontman Chris Pennington’s voice, which has more than a hint of Incubus’ Brandon Boyd about it.

Lead guitarist Ian Felchin has a knack for tasteful leads that offset the tension between Pennington’s vocals and the grinding power chords beneath them. He plays exactly the right number of notes, ensuring that his melodies are neither reductively simplistic nor self-gratifyingly wanky, imbuing both “The Prisoner” and “Hide and Seek” with a propulsive melodic urgency. Both songs incorporate big, fist-pumping breakdown riffs that see Felchin in lockstep with rhythm guitarist Eddie Rosales and bassist Rob Gallagher.

For all that, however, Back Pocket Memory’s secret weapon might just be drummer Jason Montgomery. Informed by John Bonham and Dave Grohl, his rhythms are muscular without being dumb, and like Felchin, he has a knack for accentuating the natural dynamics of a song with his fills.

“Catapult” gives the band’s fans a huge sing-along for future shows, while the tempo of “Daylight” lurches and swoops like a roller coaster, with Pennington dramatically contorting his vocals around the song’s looping chorus melody — one that could easily trip-up many an accomplished singer, but Pennington nails it. “What Have You Done” opens with a squiggly guitar riff that finds the band at its most Incubus-esque before truly going for broke. The band incorporates prog-rock atmospherics — dizzyingly switchbacking between loud and quiet, soft and abrasive, and bringing Back Pocket Memory to a close with the sound of a personal apocalypse.

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