Fresh from our foray into the glass menagerie of Dave Bayley & other ‘animals’, we venture forth into the thorny jungle of their chosen North American tour partners, Pumarosa.
September marks new territory for this blog, or to be all uber-metaphorical, this boat has set sail into previously uncharted waters. Mind you, there could be an irony in our gliding into the ‘dark side’ of the Irish sea at this juncture, all things #Brexit considered …#thatshiphassailed
Sounding a bit like Pat Benatar diffused through a thick and gritty haze of guitar, Pumarosa front-woman Isabel Munoz-Newsome jauntily drops the words, “…oh you stupid son of a bitch, yeah you stupid son of a bitch … you tell me stories I want to believe in” and I’m sold.
Bagging a premiere for latest single ‘Honey’ on Huw Stephens’ BBC radio show, Pumarosa are obviously not short of high level support. More importantly, they have also firmly established a loyal following amongst the more savvy, less shouty of the music media, like VPME and Pigeonsandplanes.
To top it all off, the band has been enlisted by experimenters du jour, Glass Animals, to join them on their late Autumn tour of North America and Canada. Tour dates below also include some NYC/LA Pumarosa headliners!
Lifted from their forthcoming self-titled EP, ‘Honey’ is the band’s third single, following ‘Cecile’ and debut ‘The Priestess’. It is testament to the bands strong sound and definitive style, that at only three single releases in, they have already generated a heap of interest from both music fans and media alike.
“Stuck inside this dance forever, walking in circles altogether”
Commanding attention from the off, the song is alive with raw energy and powerful personality. Clean, unwashed guitars, with more seesaw flang than a gaggle of emergency services sirens, stride across bolts of electronica and vital drumming to create a right clangourous ding on the ear. But it’s Isabel’s WTF vocal – clean, pressing, questioning, arresting – that soars above the sonorous clamour to draw rightful attention to the track’s fiery lyrics.
Passionate and alive, this song punches at just the right weight, by getting the depth and urgency of its sound just right. A melodic blast of unpretentious music, well produced but not to the point of losing its freshness, ‘Honey’ is a refreshingly honest track that should seal Pumarosa’s reputation, standing them in bloody good stead for their upcoming live dates.
‘Honey’ and the Pumarosa EP are both now on release via Fiction Records (see below) … give it a listen here.
Tour dates – Tickets Available Here – http://po.st/9v33VH
9/20/2016 — San Francisco, Rickshaw Shop (Headline show)
9/21/2016 — Los Angeles, The Echo (Headline show)
9/25/2016 — Washington DC, Echostage w/ Glass Animals
9/26/2016 — Philadelphia, The Fillmore w/ Glass Animals
9/29/2016 — New York, Terminal 5 w/ Glass Animals
9/30/2016 — Boston, Blue Hill Pavilion w/ Glass Animals
10/1/2016 — Ithaca, State Theatre w/ Glass Animals
10/2/2016 — Toronto, Sound Academy w/ Glass Animals
10/4/2016 — Columbus, Express Live w/ Glass Animals
10/5/2016 — Milwaukee, The Riverside w/ Glass Animals
10/6/2016 — Chicago, The Rivera Theatre w/ Glass Animals
10/7/2016 — Mineapolis, Myth w/ Glass Animals
10/8/2016 — Brooklyn, Rough Trade (Headline Show)