St Albans band leaps into the Guinness Book of Records for track-packed album

Pocket Gods receiving Guinness certificate

Pocket Gods receiving Guinness certificate - Credit: Archant

Cult Indie band The Pocket Gods from St Albans have made The Guinness World Records for the most tracks on a digital album.

They received their certificate last Thursday on London Live TV, from Christele BeTrong, an official adjudicator from The Guinness World Records.

Frontman Mark Christopher Lee, who lives in Sandridge, explained: “We are on page 180 right next to Justin Bieber as our 100X30 album was awarded the record for the most tracks on a digital album.

“It’s quite an honour as I didn’t set out to break any world records but just wanted to create a debate about lack of fair royalties for artists from music streaming services such as Spotify.”

The album is 100 songs, all 30 seconds long, and each one is about the music industry. The 30 seconds is to highlight that Spotify pay out a paltry royalty every time someone plays a track and it hits 30 seconds in length. Even if a track is much longer, the royalty is the same.

Mark went on: “So I thought why write longer songs? Why not adapt your songwriting craft to the digital/streaming generation which generally skip music and videos after 30 seconds anyway.

“The album created quite a stir with interviews in The Independent, on ITV and more recently with Forbes and Billboard in the US. I even have an interview coming up with the Washington Post.”