Live Review: Pom Poko – London

Pom Poko
The Scala, London, 23
rd October 2019

Words: Nick Jaques

When I rocked up to the familiar sight of the Scala, from the outside amongst the usual buzzing surroundings, there was a lack of activity on the door, which I found a bit precarious as this gig promised to showcase some of the most exciting live bands around.

However, once I had made my way inside, I started sensing some anticipation for the support band Orchards – who Popped Music have been impressed by at many a festival this year!

They comfortably slipped in to the gears and seemed at home straight away, they later mentioned that the Scala was their favourite venue and their performance showed. Their brand of upbeat energetic indie rock reminiscent of Bombay bicycle club and vampire weekend caught my attention from the off. There were also quite a few fans cheering them on which was great to hear!

Their singer was only too happy to be throwing shapes on stage and actually going out into the crowd to try and bridge the gap between us and make a connection. Amongst the frantic beats and jangling riffs, there was also a deft touch of sensuality to orchards music too. This showed they have depth and added character to their band.

By the time Pom Poko had graced us with their presence and their young sparkly fresh grins, the atmos had almost reached fever pitch. The hype surrounding this band is growing and on the evidence of this performance, the reaction from the punters certainly justified the tag!

They set out their stall and their spikey uncompromising riffs and drum raids attacked us like mini hand grenades with cool and aplomb. Their intricate staccato nuggets reaped joyous reactions. It was refreshing to watch them in an unassuming manner. They clearly enjoyed the moment.

They were humble in their acceptance of the occasion, which made them all the more admirable. The crowd clearly enjoyed their chaotic but adventurous jaunts into the angular Rock music with their acerbic exploits. It’s music made with an elastic quality which stretches the mind.

New track Leg Song is a prime example of what they’re all about. At the same time it sounds as though they’re honing their craft whilst expanding their palette. Zesty, elastic and upbeat with an original flavour.

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One Response to “Live Review: Pom Poko – London”
  1. Spoilt Victorian Child says:

    Love Pom Poko, definitely one of the best new bands around. I saw them in Feb this year.

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