Back Pocket Prophet (BPP to fans) hail from Oxfordshire, UK and trace their roots back to 2007. Following the Dead Men Walking ep, the band released their first full length in 2011, 1:4, and followed that up with tours throughout the UK, Switzerland and Germany. As many bands endure, BPP has faced numerous challenges through lineup changes and are coming off an extended hiatus to release To Overcome.
To Overcome is like taking a step back in time. From the somewhat muddled opening riffs of “I’m Still Here”, it sounds to me as if the album was recorded more along the lines of a demo and quite a while ago. The sound just feels old, hard to explain. Dan Random’s vocals are mixed a bit loud overall in the mix and from lyrical content to delivery, this album has that dated feel to it. Reminds me of some of the lesser-known bands on the classic Tooth & Nail samplers Helpless Amongst Friends.