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Sunday 21 July 2019

Health Issues & Inner Band-Relations Lead To An Evolution In Sound For Brighton Bound Band Pumarosa

Having been described as the missing link between Joy Division and Pendulum, London-based Pumarosa are a band opening their doors of perception on to pastures new.

As the follow-up to 2017's The Witch, new album, Devastation, indicates an evolution in sound with the lead single Fall Apart exploring a more electronic sound, departing from the band's notable guitar-driven sound.

From the very first beat of Fall Apart, anyone familiar with Pumarosa can tell that a transformation has taken place. 

With a fast drum'n'bass inspired tattoo beating urgently beneath a sawing riff and a wide, synthesised expanse, this is a dramatic evolution from the band's more guitar-driven debut, The Witch. 

Digging deeper into electronic influences ranging from Aphex Twin and Autreche to old jungle tunes, the shock of Fall Apart mirrors the irreversible shift in Pumarosa's own circumstances: shattering diagnoses, new beginnings and a strange optimism - the promise of what can be built only after total annihilation - all fed into a record that feels like an exhilarating affirmation of life. 


On the week The Witch was released, the band's lead singer Isabel Muñoz-Newsome was diagnosed with cervical cancer, with the resulting surgery and recovery totally changing her relationship to her body (and how to write about it).

Inner-band relationships also evolved following the departure of bassist Henry, which further energised Pumarosa to explore new spaces in their already-expansive sound. 

The new album's songs work though questions of mortality and the pain of love while revelling in sexuality: what it feels like to Fall Apart, what it takes to carry on, and what it means to be alive. 

Pumarosa play Brighton Patterns on 26th November 2019. CLICK HERE for tickets - New album Devastation is out on 1st November 2019. CLICK HERE for info.

by: Mike Cobley




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