Last Thursday afternoon, I was chatting with a colleague about our favorite albums of the year.

Instantly, The Witch by UK band Pumarosa jumped into my head with the thought, “I wonder when they’re coming to LA.”  A quick google search turned up serendipitous news: they would be in town that very night!

After hemming and hawing about whether or not I wanted to go out on a Thursday night, something in me felt like I really shouldn’t miss it. Before I knew it I was checked out on Ticketfly! They were playing in downtown LA at Resident; an intimate stage tucked behind a charming outdoor cafe you could easily miss if you weren’t looking. 

The five-piece took the stage at 10pm and instantly got into a groove while singer, Isabel Munoz-Newsome rocketed/propelled into the spellbinding set without greeting the audience. As if on cue, the whole crowd collectively shuffled closer to the stage.

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By far the peak of the show was four songs in when they performed the staggering, nearly eight-minute track, “Priestess”. Between the mesmerizing psychedelic guitar, Isabel gliding around the stage in a trance, and the unexpectedly beautiful sax solo, the energy in the small club was palpable.

For a band who’s released only one album, they’ve impressively honed their ‘industrial spiritual’ sound. If they’re coming to your city and electro post-punk goth rock is your kinda thing, I highly suggest you get up and go.

 

Pumarosa is Isabel Munoz-Newsome (guitar/vocals), Jamie Neville (guitar), Nick Owen (drummer), Henry Brown (bassist), and Tomoya Suzuki (keyboardist/saxophonist).

 

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