Punk, teenage-ness, & true luv.
Pom Pom Squad, fronted by Mia Berrin (she/her), is a musical diary entry heavily influenced by the sounds of West Coast surf rock, east coast indie-rock, & the Riot Girl Punk movement. Berrin initially started recording and releasing demos out of her teenage bedroom before moving to New York City. Berrin is currently working on Pom Pom Squad's Freshman album.
Can you describe Pom Pom Squad in 3 words?
Quiet Grrrl Punk
Can you tell us about the inspo behind this playlist?
Honestly, it's all just music I’m really excited about right now.
What do Mitski and Joni Mitchell have in common, other than our unwavering worship?
They’re both incredibly talented lyricists and musicians whose music undeservedly gets written off as “diaristic.”
What does “raise the femme voice” mean to you?
I think it means allowing the thoughts, feelings, concerns, and ideas of femme people to be valued and taken seriously.
What does “punk” mean to you?
I’m always thinking about this. Punk means a lot of different things. I think it has to. If kids in 2018 were performing “punk” the same way kids in 1977 were, it wouldn’t be interesting or transgressive anymore. I think culturally there’s a big fixation on passing things off as “real” right now, so I think maybe punk has to be about radical honesty and vulnerability—the messy things people don’t actually want to deal with. I think on a personal level my version of punk has to do with really pushing the boundaries of what I feel comfortable admitting to myself and then saying those things out loud.
Which artists are most exciting you right now?
You’re working on Pom-Pom Squad’s first LP. What’s the hardest part so far?
Trying not to second guess myself and fighting the impulse to kill a song or an idea before it’s fully realized.
Any advice to other teens looking to start making music in their bedrooms?
Make sure that no one is home, take off all your clothes, and record the first thing that comes to mind no matter how sad or weird or gross.
Try not to stop yourself before you start.
It doesn’t have to be “good.”
Have you ever taken a photograph that felt too special to share? Music can be like that too. You aren’t obligated to show anyone the things you make until you’re ready, and when you are, show them to someone you really trust.
Trust your taste!! You know what you think is good!
If you had one wish, what would it be?
To find true luv.
Who’s one artist on your playlist we need to start following immediately, and why?
The Ophelias! Truly one of the kindest and most talented groups of people I have ever met. Their second album is coming out this summer and I could not be more excited.