Destruction, self-inflicted or received from another, creates opportunities moving forward, of course after bathing in it until you choke. For Brooklyn-based indie rock band Pom Pom Squad, they have chosen to pen the time beneath exasperation on the grunge-tender cut, “Honeysuckle,” taken off their upcoming EP, Ow, due September 6th. Stemming from codependency and a tangled projection, the track’s heavy heart bleeds from sincerity and a distorted comic relief — balanced with renewed control.
Led by front woman Mia Berrin, along with bassist Mari Alé Figeman, drummer Shelby Keller, and guitarist Ethan Sass, Pom Pom Squad are the cheerleaders for your self-reflection needs. “Honeysuckle” battles with what could be coined as an addiction of relying on another for an internal validation in the most honest way. Berrin’s lines dig under your skin without much resistance, thanks to weary guitar plucks: “Sometimes I feel just like an insect, crawling on your picnic table I’ll have what you have.”
Despairingly moving to delectable scuzz breaks and an overall weighty punch, the track’s musical compound and visual scorn creates a solid foundation. Berrin equates as a voice that comes across with such certainty, it is baffling to hear how much is ripped from her for the track to generate this flowing stride.
Be sure to catch Pom Pom Squad Live:
8/2: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
8/11: Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
9/15: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (EP Release Show)
Cover photo: Shot and styled by Carolyn Jae Sterner