The Crofoot Presents

Penelope Isles & Pom Poko

Saturday, March 12, 2022 @ 7:00pm Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room


Penelope Isles are centred around siblings Jack and Lily Wolter, originally from the Isle of Man, and for several years now based in Brighton. They create dynamic blissed-out moments soaked in fuzz-noise waves - their songs fragile yet ferocious. Indie-psych currents meet lustrous melodies with a blend of the sibling’s voices. To support the release of their debut album ‘Until The Tide Creeps In’ they played over 150 shows all over the world, including three tours in the USA. They've hit the road with bands ranging from The Flaming Lips to Wallows and The Magic Numbers. Loved by fans, DJs, tourmates and writers, this debut marks them out as one of the most exciting UK bands of the last few years. 
 “Sweltering guitars scorch the earth while summery synths and keys frolic in spaces left between the drum line and spiraling vocals, the riff phrases communicate nearly as much warmth and meaning as the lyrics do.” – Stereogum 
 “There is a grandeur to their songs, big and swelling, ebbs and flows…The whole band is seriously talented, and…seriously rock, too.” – Brooklyn Vegan 
 “…a dreamy but biting piece of guitar pop…soaring, pastoral, highly intelligent songwriting.” – Clash Music


Norway's freewheeling Pom Poko combine their jazz school training and experimental leanings into equally sugary and explosive music. Inspired by math rock, post-punk, West African music, and weird pop bands such as , the group introduced their loose-limbed, playful style on 2019's Birthday, then emphasized the contrast between their meticulous compositions and chaotic performances on 2021's bracing Cheater.

Named after a film by Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli, Pom Poko consists of Ragnhild Fangel Jamtveit (vocals), Martin Miguel Almagro Tonne (guitar), Ola Djupvik (drums), and Jonas Krøvel (bass). Tonne, Djupvik, and Krøvel met while studying at the Trondheim Music Conservatory and initially aspired to be a noise punk trio. However, when they were asked to perform at a literary festival in 2016, they added Jamtveit on vocals and quickly wrote a set of sugary pop/punk songs with unexpected twists. The band soon started playing gigs, including a support slot for their friends . , the founder of 's label , happened to see Pom Poko play at this show and signed them soon after.

In February 2019, the label released the combo's debut album, Birthday, which was nominated for the Nordic Music Prize as well as two Norwegian Grammy Awards. That August, Pom Poko issued "Leg Day," a stand-alone song they recorded in a northern Italian village. Another track, "Praise," appeared in March 2020 and hinted at the more volatile direction of the band's second full-length, Cheater. Released in January 2021, the album was co-produced by Marcus Forsgren and took the sweet and combustive elements of Pom Poko's sounds to extremes. ~ Heather Phares & Liam Martin, Rovi


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