Song Noir gives film & TV themes a dark makeover at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This article is from 2013

Song Noir gives film & TV themes a dark makeover at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Music duo Pumajaw interpret music from Twin Peaks, The Night of the Hunter and more

Scottish duo Pumajaw – aka Pinkie Maclure and John Wills – are a pair of musicians who embrace the theatricality of rock music, with performances characterised by a dark, dramatic sense of power and sexuality, set off by Maclure’s torchsinging vocal.

‘People often say we “create a world” through our music when we play live,’ she says, ‘and so it seemed obvious to move into a more theatrical, performance-based context.’ The result is Song Noir, a show which sets versions of songs from movies they love alongside their own music and a specially created film backing.

Their choices include film and television themes such as The Night of the Hunter, Kill Bill and Twin Peaks, anything, says Maclure, that’s ‘dark, sexy, mysterious, dangerous and sometimes tinged with madness’. It’s a new context for this most alluringly mysterious of bands, but they welcome the challenge. ‘I use the full dynamic range of my voice,’ she says. ‘I want an audience which is there to listen, even to a whisper. I know Fringe audiences have high standards, but that’s part of the challenge. Three weeks of performances to an inquisitive audience – I can’t think of anything I’d love more.’

Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, 2–25 Aug (not 12, 19), 9.45pm, £9 (£7).

Song Noir

Pumajaw are chanteuse extraordinaire Pinkie Maclure and musician/sound designer John Wills. This retro -futuristic new show blends classic songs from cult movies – including Night of the Hunter, Kiss Me Deadly and Twin Peaks – with gorgeous originals and bewitching visuals. Wills' loops and samples create a sound that a…