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Ow EP: Out 9/6/19


“…wistful and beautifully simple…. Soccer Mommy-esque guitars wander and twinkle as Berrin builds out a narrative around a relationship that hits like a car crash.” - Stereogum

"'Quiet grrrl punk'...a cute descriptor that doesn't reveal nearly enough about the multitudes contained within..." - FADER

"...Berrin and company couple their powerfully direct music with her intense lyricism, belying its seeming simplicity with a nuance no less artful for how fiercely pissed-off it gets." - AV Club

Even though she’s made a mess of her raw feelings, there’s still a level of control maintained with support from a steady guitar and bass.” - Vulture

"Pom Pom Squad have an unrelenting sense of honesty in their music...Taut and visceral, the paranoid edge becomes oh-so-real, while her lyrical touch and imposing delivery demands your attention.” - Clash

"...brutally honest and emotionally stirring songs that pour out controlled like a purge from the heart...Buckle up because these tracks hit deep in the gut." - HighSnobiety

"Pom-Pom Squad shares their whole heart with us and its resounding heartbeat sticks with you long after its conclusion." -  Lauren Rearick (Teen Vogue, The Grey Estates)

"A constant in the Brooklyn indie scene, here to ignite tearful fits in fans with their vulnerable, lashing punk" - Thrillist (Best Songs of 2019 So Far)

"College rock blasts with a feel-good, righteous end" - DIY Mag

Heavy Heavy Music Video (Not yet released)


Fronted by vocalist and guitarist Mia Berrin, the Brooklyn-based band unites punk inclinations with a raw, visceral vulnerability. It’s quiet grrrl punk reminiscent of Rilo Kiley, Mitski and PJ Harvey that would rather growl than yell.

Alongside Berrin, Pom Pom Squad features bassist Mari Alé Figeman, drummer Shelby Keller, and guitarist Ethan Sass. Hailing from a variety of different backgrounds -- whether Keller’s jazz training or Berrin’s classic hip-hop and new wave upbringing -- the group manages to be serious without taking themselves too seriously. It’s that balance of solemnity and whimsy that allows punk and tenderness to live side by side: chunky, distorted guitar on some tracks, and near-whisper on others; brash yells or tame, wry wit.

They first released the EP Hate It Here in 2017 and followed it up with “Heavy Heavy,” the first single off their upcoming Ow EP out September 6, which earned praise from the likes of Stereogum, High Snobiety, Paste and more. Berrin’s music reveals internal discord -- she’s intent to cast off the “nice girl” narrative, and that means turning herself inside out to show that the inside isn’t so put-together after all.

Also integral to Berrin’s self-excoration is her existence as a queer woman of color, two identities that come with their own preconceived notions. With lyrics centering on mental health, abuse, trauma, and healing, Pom Pom Squad pursues radical self-acceptance through periodic self-exposure and self-undressing.


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