Tag Archives: Pronto Mama

Pronto Mama – ‘Bully March’

As a stand-alone single, ‘Bully March’ strides the line finely between the expected and the unexpected, the typical and the atypical, the tightly structured and the loosey-goosey. Martin Johnson’s cerebrospinal fluid pressurising drums allow the song to flit well along axes of timing and feeling. The typical emo elements are well balanced by the bands fairly unique … Continue Reading ››

Doune the Rabbit Hole, Day 3, 20/8/17

During yesterday’s write up I failed to mention that one of my boots struck a leak. so, I spend the early portion of Sunday waiting for Allan, our photographer for the weekend arrival, who is kindly bringing some wellies for me, unfortunately this means missing Ultras, but … Continue Reading ››

Pronto Mama – ‘Cold Arab Spring’ [Electric Honey]

Latest single ‘Cold Arab Spring’ from Glaswegian six-piece Pronto Mama is taken from the band's debut album Any Joy. A compelling chunk of binge-y pop, laced with percussive brilliance throughout; an effortless sustain of syncopated harmony. Opening with light cymbals and a melodic guitar run whilst the second guitar subtly plays the harmony; before you know it the intro/verse begins … Continue Reading ››

Pronto Mama – Any Joy [Electric Honey]

“Nothing’s really real” sums up the feel of Pronto Mama’s new release Any Joy; the self-described “post-modern bug-eyed beatnik group” believe in “a dirty dedication to song writing”. The sextet, consisting of Marc Rooney, Ciaran McEneny, Martin Johnston, Michael Griffin, Craig McMahon and Alex Sharples, display an array of musical talent; each member playing at least … Continue Reading ››

Pronto Mama, Declan Welsh and the Decadent West, ST MARTiiNS at The Art School, 26/5/17

It’s been a long hot day in May and frankly the atmosphere in tonight’s gig is flustered, intense; like any minute you could light up the audience with one choice spark. Luckily, the bands on show all know how to work that magic. First up is Dundee’s ST … Continue Reading ››

Pronto Mama – ‘Double – Speak’ [Electric Honey]

Blending emo, pop and synth elements in their music, Pronto Mama follow – or perhaps lead – the trend in contemporary Scottish guitar music for making novel use of common tropes from different styles to develop something unique. The wandering bass, the rolling drums – each given adequate attention and volume, the creative guitar work and … Continue Reading ››

BBC Radio 6 Music Festival with Pronto Mama, JR Green, ST.MARTiiNS, Rituals at Tut’s, 22/3/17

Tonight the BBC 6 Music Festival begins in one of Glasgow’s most iconic venues in a sold out, but by no means packed King Tut’s. Vic Galloway and BBC 6’s Tom Robinson compere the night and you can tell they are just as excited as the crowd to hear the bands and start the festival. Coming from … Continue Reading ››

Pronto Mama – ‘Arabesque’ [Electric Honey]

Glasgow six-piece Pronto Mama are not a band to walk the narrow line of a single genre, and their latest single ‘Arabesque’, released on prestigious college label Electric Honey, glides effortlessly through a series of musical postures, revealing a new maturity to their sound. ’Arabesque’ is light on its feet, at once lackadaisically smooth and tightly … Continue Reading ››

Tenement Trail, 8/10/16

My Tenement Trail starts in the Sleazy’s basement, following a visit to Love Music for a caringly delivered in-store from Edinburgh’s booming charmer Mt. Doubt, who airs a few new tracks which sound as cosy as any of his previous material despite singer Leo Bargery forgetting the words of one of said songs. Still, his disgusted … Continue Reading ››