Turn You Out (5/12/17)
At the heart of Pom Poms lies the striking presence of the sharp tongued and beguiling front woman Marlene. She’s a force to be reckoned with on stage, with vocals that can eerily raise the hair on your back, and then without notice, crank up the distortion in a voice that harkens back to some of the great soul singers of the 1960s with a new edge. Her dynamics are extreme and masterful, and her songs vacillate from driving garage rock anthems with a modern flair like “Go Go," to slow build grooves like the Lynch-esq “Lost My Head," all of which feel made to soundtrack a raucous late night outing sure to bring equal parts ecstasy and regret.
Finding a kindred spirit in multi-instrumentalist and producer Billy Mohler after a chance encounter, the songwriting duo built jam sessions into gritty songs with razor sharp lyrics. “Honestly Billy and I were just having fun being spontaneous and documenting it,” recounts Marlene. “I’d bring my own personal experiences, covering the spectrum of emotions from yearning, loss, perseverance, sexuality, playfulness and just having a good time.” The sessions would sometimes lead to off the cuff improvisation, both musically and lyrically, aiding the raw and emotionally unguarded feel to the songs on Turn You Out.
While writing the melodies and developing a live show, Marlene turned to influences both musical and visual, drawing from The Sonics, The Monks, Connie Francis and Nancy Sinatra. When it comes to the visual aesthetic, Devo, the Twilight Zone, and Ernie Kovacs are the perfect background to accent and showcase the music.
Turn You Out will be released on May 12th via Make Records.