LIVE: Pumarosa (Somerset House, London, 11/7/16)

East London five-piece Pumarosa have been making waves recently, being tipped in a number of quarters as a band to watch. It’s easy to see why. Their support slot for Everything Everything‘s Somerset House Summer Series gig was probably their biggest gig to date but they took it very much in their stride.

Frontwoman Isabel Muñoz-Newsome is mesmerising on guitar and vocals, but the whole band – comprising Nicholas Owen (drums), Henry Brown (bass), Tomoya Suzuki (saxophone and keyboard), and guitarist Neville James – is slick and solid in performance of a brooding yet lively sound that they describe as ‘industrial spiritual’.

Highlights of an all-too-brief 30-minute set were probably the singles Cecile and Priestess, with Muñoz-Newsome’s vocal range and stage presence coming to the fore for the latter track.

The beauty with this band is that there is no knowing in which direction they might choose to take this intriguing music in future. It’ll be fun finding out.

  • Pumarosa appear as part of a stellar line-up at this month’s Blue Dot Festival at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, alongside Everything Everything, Dutch Uncles, NZCA Lines, Phoria, Caribou and Public Service Broadcasting.

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