Pocket Change (band)

Pocket Change (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Pocket Change

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Origin = Suffolk, Virginia, USA
Genre = Christian punk [ [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:0zfyxqekldhe allmusic ((( Pocket Change > Overview ))) ] ]
Pop punk
Years_active = 19952001
Status = Dissolved
Label = Liquid Disc Records
Visual Records
URL = [http://www.physics.unc.edu/~cwarnold/trailer/index.html Official website]
Current_members = Tim Asimos
Charles Arnold
Jesse Kaluka
Luke Cotterone
Past_members = Brian "Grover" Saunders

Pocket Change was a Christian punk band from Suffolk, Virginia that recorded and performed from 1995 until 2001.


Early Days

The Suffolk, Virginia-based Christian punk band Pocket Change assembled in January 1995. The band comprised singer/guitarist Tim Asimos, bassist Charles Arnold and drummer Brian "Grover" Saunders and began with no real purpose or direction under the name Social Bias, playing covers of bands such as Rancid, NOFX, Green Day, Offspring and Nirvana. The band began practicing in Asimos' garage, which would remain the band’s rehearsal spot for six years. After attending a Strongarm show in the summer of 1995, the band decided to dedicate themselves to spreading the Christian message through music. With many name changes in the first few months, the band picked the name Pocket Change, while trying to find a name in time to press their five-song demo recorded in December of 1995.

Getting Signed

) After numerous delays the album was released in May 1997, but did not hit store shelves until the fall. The band did some touring in the Midwest in the summer of 1997, but did not complete a full-fledged tour until the summer of 1998.

National tour

After graduating from high school in June 1998, the band went back into the studio with Griffith to record their second release for Visual Records. While the band’s message remained intact, the style switched from the pop-punk sound of "Steadfast", to a more aggressive, surf-punk sound with heavier riffs and faster drums. After finishing up recording, the band embarked on a 50-date national tour, headlining with Portland, Oregon-based Pep Squad and playing several dates with Spoken. The band played in clubs, churches and coffeehouses throughout the east coast and midwest, and also had performances at such festivals as Cornerstone Festival, Sonshine Festival and Unity Fest. In August, the band returned home to begin college full-time and would resume touring on a part-time basis.

econd release and radio success

"Wake Up", the band's second release was completed in December 1998 and would hit shelves in June 1999. The album featured several singles that would receive much attention on CCM rock radio. "Take Charge", the band’s first single, climbed as high as number 11 on CCM rock radio, behind such acts as Jars of Clay, DC Talk and the Supertones. The second single, "Sometimes", received very similar success, also reaching the number 11 spot on CCM rock radio. After completing a third nation tour in the summer of 1999, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus and focus their attention on college studies.

Lineup changes

After a almost a year on hiatus, and thoughts of calling it quits, Pocket Change decided to move forward. The band made some lineup changes: Luke Cotturone joined the band to replace Groverrr on drums. A second guitarist, Jesse Kaluka, was added to the band to help form a more progressive and mature sound. The four meshed well and completed a summer of touring including performances at Cornerstone Festival and Sonshine Festival.

Final days

Pocket Change entered a studio in Virginia Beach, Virginia in August 2000 to record a 2 song demo featuring some of the new songs the four-piece had been working on. Some regard these new songs as the best material the band had ever written. After returning to school in the fall, the band completed spot dates throughout the fall of 2000 and spring of 2001. While the band had hopes of signing to a new label and recording a full-length album, Pocket Change decided to call it quits in the summer of 2001. After six years of performing and recording, and decisions to pursue their college degrees and other careers, the band played their last show in their hometown of Suffolk, Virginia in June 2001.

"Out of the Box and Onto the Screen" DVD

In the spring of 2005, the band got back together to assemble a 1 hour DVD documentary and relive some of their best memories. The DVD, titled "Out of the Box and Onto the Screen" was self-produced and features behind-the-scenes footage of the band, live concert footage and interviews with all members from 1995-2001.


Final lineup

  • Tim Asimos - vocals, guitar (1995-2001)
  • Charles Arnold - bass, backing vocals (1995-2001)
  • Jesse Kaluka - guitar, backing vocals (2000-2001)
  • Luke Cotterone - drums (2000-2001)
  • Original lineup

  • Tim Asimos - vocals, guitar (1995-2001)
  • Charles Arnold - bass, backing vocals (1995-2001)
  • Brian "Grover" Saunders - drums (1995-2000)
  • Discography

    tudio albums



  • The band came up with the name "Spare Change" first but 24 hours later changed it to "Pocket Change" which we become its permanent name.
  • Drummer Brian Saunders received the nickname "Grover" his freshman year at college after dying his hair blue. The name stuck.
  • Contrary to some belief, Pocket Change released its debut album "Steadfast" before the California-based punk band with the same name (Pocket Change) formed. Allmusic credits Pocket Change correctly.
  • The original members of Pocket Change formed a side-project hardcore band in 1999 that performed shows with such acts as No Innocent Victim, Zao and 44 Evergiven. Saunders was the groups vocalist while Pocket Change road manager Woody Wharam took over drums.
  • Liquid Disc Records changed its name to Visual Records before the release of Wake Up.
  • The band's touring van caught on fire en route to a show in Duluth, Minnesota. This would cut their 2000 tour prematurely short. The band was fortunately not injured and guitarist Jesse Kaluka caught the incident on video.
  • References

  • Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music, First printing, Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 359. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.
  • Ankeny, Jason. Allmusic. [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:0zfyxqekldhe]
  • External links

  • [http://campus.fortunecity.com/oakland/870/pocket.html Interview: Pocket Change is Always a Good Thing]
  • [http://www.physics.unc.edu/~cwarnold/trailer/index.html Pocket Change: "Out of the Box and Onto the Screen" Movie Trailer]

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