I saw Pumarosa opening for Gengahr at London’s Scala a few weeks ago, in a totally killer performance that made me think of, variously: Death In Vegas, Jagwar Ma, Primal Scream, Jungle, Savages, Faithless and a whole lot of other intense, vibe-heavy bands from the not so distant past.
Equally, they’re a very 2015 band: their burgeoning set (after about 15 gigs they still need a little work, which is understandable) seems almost tailor-made for The Park stage at Glasto. Breakthrough song ‘Priestess’ is a fine example of why; a throbbing, thrilling call to arms with one foot in the underworld and the other striving for the mainstream.
The video just dropped yesterday and it’s equally ace:
Speaking to The Fader about the track a few weeks back, singer Isabel Munoz-Newsome said it was about her sister, Fernanda. “She is a dancer and we have gone out into the night dancing since we were 14. Now she is a professional contemporary choreographer and life can be hard – surviving in London, keeping the flame burning. But she does, and when I see her move it is the most beautiful thing.”
And in a somewhat apt move, that’s the two of them appearing together in the video. Which is nice.
Check out Pumarosa live at the following dates, alongside the equally buzzy Shura and The Japanese House:
31st October – London Calling festival, Amsterdam
4th November – Courtyard Theatre, London (with The Japanese House)
2nd December – The Oobleck, Birmingham (with Shura)