Norway-based punk/art-rockers Pom Poko use odd chord progressions and apply it to sugar-coated punk, adding an overall fun and loose feel to their music.
Inspired by a broad variety of styles including jazz, West African musicians, and weird pop bands such like Deerhoof, they have a playful attitude on their tracks, demonstrated on their debut album, 2019's Birthday.
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), who met while studying at the Trondheim Music Conservatory. At first, they aspired to make experimental noise punk; however, they were asked to perform at a literary festival in 2016 soon after they formed; in a rush to put some songs together they ended up leaning more toward sugary pop/punk with an odd twist. They quickly amassed several bookings on their local scene, including a support slot for Broen. As it happened, the A&R for Bella Union -- Broen's label -- was in the crowd and, after seeing them perform, signed them to the label. Bella Union released their debut album, Birthday, in 2019. ~ Liam Martin, Rovi