The third act we are featuring in the build up to Road To Blissfields is Popobawa. Hailing from Gosport the there piece consists of Ollie Hawkins, Sam McNeilly and Matt Kendall.
Popobawa was created about a year ago and was originally just Ollie and Sam messing around with pedals, samples and percussion. Through mutual friends they recruited Matt to join them on drums. Sam tells me that “Winning RTB would be great for us, particularly where it’s our first gig. To be honest, it’s just going to be a relief to finally play a gig after so many set backs with earlier projects. It’s kind of nerve-racking as nobody’s heard the majority of songs we’re going to be playing.”
I have recently acquired their self titled EP and been listening to it for the last few days, and I’ve got to be honest, I really like it. Using guitars, keyboards, percussion, samples and various effects pedals I’d say it gives Popobawa an upbeat dance sound. I would even say that they something of a love child between MGMT and Friendly Fires.
You can find out more about Popobawa on Facebook, SoundCloud and YouTube. If you like what you hear you can pick up a copy of their self titled EP on popobawa.bandcamp.com. This is available as a free or a name your price download.
The Portsmouth leg of Road To Blissfields is FREE, you can find more information on the Facebook Event Page HERE. Come along and support your favourites, the winner will be decided by panel and we will take into account the crowds reaction!
Last week Blissfields announced the first wave of acts performing which include 2ManyDJs, Sleigh Bells, Dub Pistols, Hercules And Love Affair as well as breakthrough acts Dan Croll, Ry X, Famy. Keep an eye out on Strong Island as we will be giving away a pair of tickets over the next two months.