Pumarosa have announced their debut Irish headline performance at Whelan’s, Wexford Street on Monday October 31st, 2016.
With just two tracks – the epic debut ‘Priestess’, and this spring’s equally-unpredictable ‘Cecile’ – Pumarosa have emerged as one of most idiosyncratic new acts of the past twelve months. Their reputation as a remarkably-assured live band has grown via a string of sold out shows at venues like The ICA to support slots for Everything Everything (at Somerset House and The Royal Albert Hall), Shura (who also remixed the band), and the Wonder Women series at Shakespeare’s Globe (curated by Lauren Laverne). On the festival circuit, too, Pumarosa have found themselves tipped as one of 2016’s major new discoveries, with packed-out sets spanning SXSW, Great Escape, secret shows at Glastonbury to the likes of Latitude, Visions, and Festival Number 6. With across-the-board support at Radio 1, 6Music, Radio X, Spotify and Beats 1, October’s headline tour will see Pumarosa push their formidable live show further still.
Pumarosa are a five-piece band from London, who assembled from unexpected quarters. Isabel met drummer Nick at a rehearsal for a new project in a rundown Homerton pub where Nick then lived. No one else showed up, so the pair formed a guitar-and-drums Punk duo and began writing and rehearsing in the basement. After moving to a warehouse in Manor House, they met Henry, Tomoya and Neville and began a period of intensely hot rehearsal in a 10′ x 10′ chipboard room. In the summer of 2015, the band was offered a residency in the cavernous disused cinema of an Italian surrealist, situated within the cliffs of Calabria. Scraping together a van and driving non-stop to Italy, the band worked on new material in searing hundred degree heat, developing further their expansive sound: inspired variously by the brooding alternative songwriting of Patti Smith and the nocturnal electronics of The Knife. It was also in Italy that they settled on the name Pumarosa: in part reflecting Isabel’s Chilean roots, but also the lurid-looking jungle fruit of the same name.