Pom Pom Squad

Biography

Pom Pom Squad dropped “Lux”, their first new song of 2021 and their debut release after their recent signing to City Slang Records.

It’s a razor-sharp bite of cathartic punk, that the Brooklyn four-piece’s powerhouse frontperson Mia Berrin initially wrote at seventeen while in the traumatic throes of her adolescent feminine awakening while realizing the everpresent gaze of the male patriarchy. With its namesake coming from the character in The Virgin Suicides (one of her favorite movies), the song is achingly vulnerable while delivering its message like a thrashing sonic sucker-punch. It also was the song that ultimately led to Berrin following the voice in her head telling her to pursue music.

Mia Berrin spent her childhood trying to find where she fit right in the world, looking to the pop culture icons on TV in hopes of finding an image she connected to. She connected with the films of John Waters and David Lynch, loved the dark campiness found in Heathers, was in awe of the power of women like Courtney Love and Kathleen Hanna. Growing up as a female of color who would later in her life unearth and embrace her queerness, discussing and reconciling who she is with the perception of who people think she should be, has become a lifelong mission for Mia.

With Shelby Keller (drums), Mari Alé Figeman (bass), and Alex Mercuri (guitar), Mia formed Pom Pom Squad in 2015 and took to the streets of NYC, cutting her teeth playing packed venues alongside the likes of Soccer Mommy, Pronoun and Adult Mom.

But with the COVID pandemic changing the rules of how we all live, followed by the wave of protests against systemic racism and police brutality in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Mia’s world became more solitary, and she took this time of reflection to pay respect and homage to the people of color who helped lay the groundwork for the musician she is today. The likes of Sade, Billie Holiday, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, all ring a bell. All of these components throughout Mia’s life have bonded together, fortifying a talent that for years has shaken NYC venues, and now is set to shake the world.

Tour Dates

  • Nov 3, 2021
    World Cafe Live
    - Philadelphia, PA, USA - with Nada Surf
  • Nov 4, 2021
    Mr. Small's Theatre
    - Millvale, PA, US - with Nada Surf
  • Nov 5, 2021
    Iron Horse Music Hall
    - Northampton, MA, USA - with Nada Surf
  • Nov 6, 2021
    Café Campus
    - Montreal, QC, CA - with Nada Surf
  • Nov 7, 2021
    Horseshoe Tavern
    - Toronto, CA - with Nada Surf
  • Nov 8, 2021
    Magic Bag
    - Ferndale, MI, USA - with Nada Surf
  • Nov 9, 2021
    Pyramid Scheme
    - Grand Rapids, MI, USA - with Nada Surf
  • Nov 11, 2021
    THE OLD ROCK HOUSE
    - St Louis, MO, USA - with Nada Surf
  • Nov 13, 2021
    The Cedar Cultural Center
    - Minneapolis, MN, USA - with Nada Surf
  • Nov 14, 2021
    Thalia Hall
    - Chicago, IL , USA - with Nada Surf
  • Nov 15, 2021
    The Grog Shop
    - Cleveland, OH, US - with Nada Surf
  • Nov 16, 2021
    Ottobar
    - Baltimore, MD, US - with Nada Surf
  • Nov 17, 2021
    The Sinclair
    - Cambdrige, MA, US - with Illuminati Hotties
  • Nov 18, 2021
    Higher Ground
    - South Burlington, VT, US - with Nada Surf
  • Nov 19, 2021
    White Eagle Hall
    - Jersey City, NJ, USA - with Nada Surf
  • Nov 20, 2021
    Music Hall of Williamsburg
    - Brooklyn, NY, US - with Nada Surf
  • Feb 25, 2022
    The Sinclair
    - Cambdrige, MA, US - with Illuminati Hotties
  • Feb 26, 2022
    First Unitarian Church
    - Philadelphia, PA, USA - with Illuminati Hotties
  • Feb 27, 2022
    Spirit
    - Pittsburgh, PA, USA - with Illuminati Hotties
  • Feb 28, 2022
    A&R Music Bar
    - Columbus, OH, USA with Illuminati Hotties
  • Mar 2, 2022
    Horseshoe Tavern
    - Toronto, CA - with Illuminati Hotties
  • Mar 3, 2022
    The Loving Touch
    - Ferndale, MI, USA - with Illuminati Hotties
  • Mar 4, 2022
    Lincoln Hall
    - Chicago, USA - with Illuminati Hotties
  • Mar 5, 2022
    The Back Room @ Colectivo Coffe
    - Milwaukee, WI, USA - with Illuminati Hotties
  • Mar 6, 2022
    7th Street Entry
    - Minneapolis, USA - with Illuminati Hotties
  • Mar 10, 2022
    Biltmore Cabaret
    - Vancouver, BC, CA, USA - with Illuminati Hotties
  • Mar 11, 2022
    Neumo's
    - Seattle, WA, USA - with Illuminati Hotties
  • Mar 12, 2022
    Mississippi Studios
    - Portland, OR, USA - with Illuminati Hotties