Track of the Day: Pumarosa – ‘Honey’

Track of the Day: Pumarosa - 'Honey'

Pumarosa have unveiled thrilling new single ‘Honey’. The band have also confirmed details of a seven-date October headline tour – including their biggest London headline show to date at Village Underground on October 24th – which will be book-ended by newly-announced tours with Glass Animals across the USA in September and across Europe in November.

‘Honey’ is a bold and spirited stampede, marrying raw guitars, swirling electronics and singer Isabel Muñoz-Newsome’s battle-cry delivery. Produced again by Dan Carey, the sonic twists and turns may have an almost otherworldly sense of exploration, but ‘Honey’ is ultimately grounded in reality: angry, urgent, and wide-awake to what’s unravelling in the world around us.

Pumarosa’s early existence has been defined by strange, distinctly different spaces. There’s the Tottenham warehouse that Isabel & Nick moved to as the band formed, sharing a tent on a roof also occupied by chickens. Then there’s the old derelict Italian cinema they were invited to write and record in by a local surrealist, where early songs were developed in the company of dramatic cliff-tops on the Calabrian coast, local villagers coming to the cinema to witness night-time improvisation sessions. And there’s the Streatham studio of eccentric producer Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Bat For Lashes, TOY), from which their bewitching tracks to date – ‘Priestess’, ‘Cecile’, and now ‘Honey’ – emerged fully formed. Pumarosa have since earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting and accomplished new live bands: from the half-knocked down house in Peckham – where they performed through a gas leak and an electricity shut down, as a packed-out crowd watched through gaps in the walls and the landlords swore after they’d never allow a band to play ever again – to Somerset House, the Royal Albert Hall (with Everything Everything) and Shakespeare’s Globe (Lauren Laverne’s Wonder Women Series), the band write music with “an energy to change”, a sense of progression steering every move.

Pumarosa don’t define themselves simply through the music they make, however. United under their “Industrial Spiritual” ethos, the band’s control over their visual identity is becoming increasingly important: Isabel hand paints all of the artwork for the band, the ‘Priestess’ video was choreographed by and features Isabel’s sister Fernanda, whilst ‘Cecile’s accompanying clip utilised VR (Virtual Reality) to imagine how desire might lead us into other, quickly-changing worlds. Few other bands combine art, politics and progressive thought like this, and certainly not when they’re in their early stages. Yet everything goes hand-in-hand with Pumarosa, and on ‘Honey’, they’re taking you with them further still.

USA
20/09/2016 || San Francisco || Rickshaw Shop (Headline show)
21/09/2016 || Los Angeles || The Echo (Headline show)
25/09/2016 || Washington || Echostage w/ Glass Animals
26/09/2016 || Philadelphia || The Fillmore w/ Glass Animals
29/09/2016 || New York || Terminal 5 w/ Glass Animals
30/09/2016 || Boston || Blue Hill Pavilion w/ Glass Animals
01/10/2016 || Ithaca || State Theatre w/ Glass Animals
02/10/2016 || Toronto || Sound Academy w/ Glass Animals
04/10/2016 || Columbus, OH || Express Live w/ Glass Animals
05/10/2016 || Milwaukee || The Riverside w/ Glass Animals
06/10/2016 || Chicago || The Rivera Theatre w/ Glass Animals
07/10/2016 || Mineapolis || Myth w/ Glass Animals
08/10/2016 || Brooklyn || Rough Trade (Headline Show)

UK
20/10/2016 || Brighton || Green Door Store
21/10/2016 || Wales || SWN Festival
22/10/2016 || Manchester || White Hotel
23/10/2016 || Leeds || Belgrave Music Hall
24/10/2016 || London || Village Underground
27/10/2016 || Bristol || Louisiana
31/10/2016 || Dublin || Whelans

EUROPE
03/11/2016 || Brussels || Botanique w/ Glass Animals
04/11/2016 || Amsterdam || Paradiso w/ Glass Animals
05/11/2016 || Hamburg || Mojo w/ Glass Animals
07/11/2016 || Berlin || Columbia Theatre w/ Glass Animals
08/11/2016 || Prague || Roxy w/ Glass Animals
09/11/2016 || Budapest || Akyarium w/ Glass Animals
10/11/2016 || Vienna || Wuk w/ Glass Animals
12/11/2016 || Zurich || Plaza w/ Glass Animals
20/11/2016 || Paris || Les Inrocks
26/11/2016 || Hong Kong || Clockenflap
27/11/2016 || Singapore || Neon Lights Festival

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