The Hot Pockets return to Stephen Talkhouse set of electrifying big-beat performances!
The Hot Pockets, a four-piece rock ’n’ roll band comprised of East End musicians Christopher Walsh, Brian LeClerc, Sean Rafferty and Michael LeClerc.
The Hot Pockets formed in the summer of 2012 when local legends Brian LeClerc (guitar) and Sean Rafferty (drums), veterans of numerous East End-based bands, were joined by Christopher Walsh (keys/guitar) and Michael LeClerc (bass). Gigs in the summer were extremely well received and they decided to pursue it further.
Despite being a very new band, the musicians have, in one way or another, known each other for years. Before they were of legal drinking age, Walsh and Rafferty performed in No Quarter, later known as the Flood, in the early 1990s, playing clubs from Montauk to upstate New York and New Jersey. After 20 years in New York City, where he played in multiple original rock and roll bands, Walsh relocated to Amagansett and accepted Rafferty’s invitation to join his new group. Meanwhile, Rafferty and Brian LeClerc had jammed together at many East End nightspots over the years. And the LeClercs—Brian and Michael are brothers—have performed together in bands such as Stress Industry and Hurricane, in which Walsh has recently made a few appearances on keyboards.
Playing an explosive mix of classic rock by artists such as the Beatles, the Allman Brothers Band and Led Zeppelin, the new band has already graced stages such as the Stephen Talkhouse, Gosman’s Dock, the Montauk Yacht Club, 230 Elm and Wolfie’s. Now, they are poised to add original rock ’n’ roll to the mix while continuing to offer electrifying performances of the music they grew up on.
The word is spreading quickly throughout the East End and beyond: These pockets are hot!