London five-piece, Pumarosa are a band who assembled from unexpected and varied quarters. Isabel met drummer Nick at a rehearsal for a new band in a rundown Homerton pub and when no one else showed up 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 beguiling forty degree heat, developing further their expansive sound. 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.
In September 2015 Pumarosa released debut single “Priestess”, produced by Mercury-nominated Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Bat For Lashes, Toy) via Chess Club / Mom + Pop (US). Zane Lowe on Beats 1 had the world’s first play and within three days
“Priestess” was the second most blogged about song worldwide. The band returned in May this year with their second single “Cecile” that has been gaining the attention of prestigious press and radio on both sides of the Atlantic.
“ …supremely confident…before you know it you’re lost in seven and half minutes of semi-Balearic bliss.” – The Fader
…they’re players in a world of people who turn up and press go on their laptops, they’re great musicians and she’s got a brilliant voice, they’re a great band, one of the best songs I’ve heard this year, it’s very exciting.” James Blake, Radio 1
“The stand-out, pick-your-jaws-back-off-the-floor quality that Pumarosa possess so easily is a hard one to pin down.” DIY Magazine
“The best artists defy genre at every turn, the most important create their own. Pumarosa are doing just that.” Notion Magazine