Signed to Prah, Pozi come steeped in the lineage of the very best weirdo British indie pop. The trio of drummer/vocalist Toby Burroughs, violinist/vocalist Rosa Brook and bassist/vocalist Tom Jones have a skittish, restless energy.
Despite drawing on influences such as Devo, Wire and Television, there are no guitars on their critically acclaimed debut album PZ1and 2 follow up EP’s ’176 and ‘Typing’ and the space afforded by the lack of this potentially domineering component is refreshing. Instead, there’s Brook’s Siouxsie esq vocals and violin that by turn swells and stresses, either buoying proceedings along or collapsing them into discord. Jones’ rough, scruffy basslines hold each song tightly together as all great bassists should do. Then there’s Burroughs’ sparsely-filled but frantically driven rhythmic repetition and his capital city yelp, words tumbling out as though desperately trying to get out of the way of the ones behind.
In addition to gambling addiction and debt, lyrical subjects range from the Grenfell Tower tragedy to Chinese human rights transgressions to Brexit to smartphone addition, corrupt police, relationship jealousy and poor mental health provision, each are unpacked vividly. Burroughs is a colourful orator yet also direct and raw in his response to such sensitive issues.
Despite being championed by the likes of Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephen, Marc Riley, Radcliffe & Maconie, Tom Robinson, Tom Ravenscroft, not to mention their contempories such as Idles, Squid and Sleaford Mods, they still feel like somewhat of an underground secret, with the release of their 2nd album later this year, this might not be the case for much longer.