Hot Pockets Release Original Tunes


The Hot Pockets might sound like something one would pick up in a grocery store, but it’s actually nothing of the sort. In fact, the name for the four-piece rock and roll band of local musicians comes from the expression “in the pocket,” which refers to music that is hot and in the groove.

Formed in the summer of 2012, guitarist Brian LeClerc and drummer Sean Rafferty were joined by guitarist Christopher Walsh and bassist Michael LeClerc, to form The Hot Pockets

“I was sort of the one who started The Hot Pockets,” said Mr. Rafferty during a recent telephone interview. “We all knew each other one way or another for years, but I got everyone together musically.”

As soon as these four men played together, they knew they had something worth hearing, he said.

“We’re sort of a dirty Rolling Stones sound,” he added. “Our music is from the heart and it is definitely not formulaic in any way.”

Classic rock is in their wheelhouse he said. The band tends to play music by musical supergroups such as The Beatles, the Allman Brothers Band and Led Zeppelin and have played such at gigs all over the East End—at locales such as The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, Gosman’s Dock and the Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina in Montauk, 230 Elm in Southampton and Wolfie’s Tavern in East Hampton. But now he and his bandmates have created a few original tunes too, he reported.

“I can’t wait for our single to release,” said Mr. Walsh of a CD release party that will be held at the Talkhouse on Friday, November 22, to celebrate the release of two new songs, “Star Club” and ”Victoria.”

The group has been working with Allen Merrill—a vocalist, guitarist, producer and songwriter from Manhattan who owns Guitar Studio in East Hampton—and Grammy Award-winning producer Cynthia Daniels, who owns MonkMusic in East Hampton, on the two-sided CD.

“The Hot Pockets individually and as a group are talented, energetic and a lot of fun to work with,” said Mr. Merrill during a recent interview. “I have enjoyed every minute with them in the studio.”

Taking advantage of a little seasonal downtime, Mr. Walsh said that he and the other Hot Pockets are looking to write more original songs. Mainly, the band as a whole just wants their music to be heard and enjoyed, he bandmate added.

“We all have so much fun playing together and recording,” said Mr. Rafferty. “And I think you can get a sense of that just listening to our music.”

The Hot Pockets will play a live show at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett to celebrate the release of “Star Club” and ”Victoria” on Friday, November 22, at 10 p.m. Cover is $10. For additional information, call (917) 561-4680 or e-mail

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