Album Review: Pom Poko - Birthday

19 February 2019 | 12:44 pm | Guido Farnell

"Boisterious dance-punk, power-pop noise which they seem to pull together effortlessly."

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Unleashing their first album, Pom Poko take their inspiration from an oddball anime bearing the same name. These quirky young Norwegians simply toss an eclectic range of influential genres into a powerful blender to arrive at boisterous dance-punk, power-pop noise which they seem to pull together effortlessly.

Much of this album is powered by blasts of guitar noise that aren’t headache-inducing as massive hard-rocking riffs laden with pop hooks drill their way into our skulls. Closer listening reveals intricate arrangements and a certain compositional finesse that reflect their education at the Trondheim Music Conservatory. Ragnhild Fangel Jamtveit’s shrieking vocals are childishly sweet but they also have a riot grrrl vicious edge in a way that brings to mind Le Tigre.

Birthday doesn’t feature a single moment of melancholy introspection. Instead, Pom Poko power this album with a load of personality and infectiously energetic joie de vivre, ensuring it delivers fun times.