1 December @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm£8.5
POZI play The Hope & Ruin, Brighton on Wednesday 1st December 2021.
Get tickets with no booking fee above or from Dice or Resident Music (01273606312)
Pozi come steeped in the lineage of the very best weirdo British indie pop. The trio of drummer / vocalist Burroughs, violinist/vocalist Rosa Brook and bassist/vocalist Tom Jones have a skittish, restless energy. “Last night […] we found out that they’re nothing short of absolutely brilliant live” Marc Riley, BBC6 Music
Despite drawing on influences such as Devo, Wire and Television, there are no guitars in POZI and the space afforded by the lack of this potentially domineering component is refreshing. Instead, there’s Brook’s 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 on POZI’s 2019 debut album ‘PZ1’ range from the Grenfell Tower tragedy of 2017 to Chinese human rights transgressions to smartphone addition 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. Although they share little in common musically, POZI unwittingly chime with current politicised UK indie acts du jour Idles and Sleaford Mods in distilling their anger into impactful mantra.
The band are cutting in their criticism but Burroughs is loath to posit the group as social preachers. “Our songs mostly have an observational standpoint,” he says, “just reflecting some current social and political situations. I don’t think they have a direct impact, but maybe ask a few questions.” 2020 saw the band tour with Dry Cleaning and the release of ‘176’ EP boasting five new tracks written and recorded over a fruitful five days at PRAH Studios, Margate. The band took a more expansive approach to the composition process, taking inspiration from the spatial and rhythmic sonics of electronic music and blending it with their existing unique sonic palette of drums, bass, violin, vocals…and as ever, no guitars. poziband.bandcamp.com
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The venue is only accessible via a flight of stairs however they can offer access via a back door at street level to the venue if mobility is an issue or you use a wheelchair.
There are 3 large steps via this route so assistance to gain access and to exit the venue would be required. We can arrange this if you contact us in advance of a show. Please bear in mind that they can only allow access in between bands due to sound issues.
Two disabled toilets upstairs, both gender neutral. If you require a carer at the venue, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for guestlist, with evidence such as a blue badge or access card.
If strobe lighting is an issue or if standing for long periods of time is an issue, please contact us in advance. They can provide chairs in the venue although if the event is very busy this will impede visibility. If you wish to make use of a chair to view a gig, we advise arriving early to secure a position.
They are happy to accommodate assistance dogs.