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Any Other Questions with... Pumarosa

Isabel from Pumarosa tackles this month’s daft queries.
Published: 10:41 am, January 08, 2018
Any Other Questions with... Pumarosa
This month, Isabel from Pumarosa runs the gauntlet of our random, stupid queries.

Hello. How are you?
Feeling fresh. It's a sunny autumn morning, and I'm going second-hand shopping, looking for some new stage outfits. Classic.

Tell us a secret about yourself?
I can't tell you the really dark ones.

When’s your birthday?
I'm a Taurus.

How tall are you?
5ft 5 and a half.

Have you ever fallen over onstage?
Yes. Sometimes I quite like falling on stage. The best was when we did a party at this smashed out house in Peckham. During a frantic bit in the music - in 'Cecile' - I started shaking, and then there was a strobe going, and the music got louder and louder, and I was kind of dancing and shaking and then I realised I was not in control of myself. I kind of whirled round, and then I was falling... I brought down all Tomoya's rig-his synths and everything, and then I was just laying on the floor. I hit them with my head, so I was a bit concussed. But there was so much energy in the room that it was okay. And I think when someone gets up after falling it CAN galvanise everyone. I mean including the audience. Then I had to play the next track solo with just my guitar because Tomoya had to read patch all his gear. Haha

You have to support either U2 or Red Hot Chili Peppers on tour. Who do you pick?
Well, I know the rest of the band would definitely choose the Chilli Peppers, and I reckon they would be really fun live. But I secretly quite like early U2. It would be pretty epic, and you know you would be playing massive stadiums! I don't reckon they would be much fun to hang out with though.

Who’s your favourite new band?
She isn't a band, but I think Aldous Harding is very good. We saw her at Green Man. She was astounding. So intense and she was LIVID! Anger. My friend wanted to propose to her.

What did you last dream about?
I dreamt about my friend dying.

What’s the most impressive thing you can cook?
Creme caramel.

If you could have a superpower of your choosing, what would it be?
I would like to time travel. Actually, maybe to fly. I sometimes get that feeling in my dreams.

What was the first record you bought?
'Stories from the City Stories from the Sea' by PJ Harvey.

Have you ever won anything?
A breakdancing competition.

What is your earliest memory?
Me and my best friend raided the medicine cupboard when we were about three years old. There were some that were sweet, but we tried them all. And I loved putting plasters on. We were taken to hospital to have our stomachs pumped.

How punk are you out of ten?

Who’s your favourite pop star?
Currently popping I would say Drake. But for the look, Gaga. She is a pop athlete. I love her costumes.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
Sabretooth Tiger.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
I sometimes find heights scary. Walking along a ridge path high up some mountains was FUCKING scary. But it was one of those things where it was too late to turn back. I'll master the fear one day.

What is the best present you’ve ever been given?
I love gift giving and receiving. Hmmm, for my 6th birthday I was given a reversible jacket. One side was indigo blue, and the other was white with a picture of Micky Mouse on the back. I felt so fresh.

Have you got any secret tattoos?
They're not secret, but I have a couple. Both stick and poke, just done by hand by some sisters I know and love.

If you won the lottery, what would you spend the cash on?
I think I would put a lot of money towards animal preservation; snow leopards and tigers and other big cats. Create nature reserves.

Have you ever seen a ghost?
I think I did as a child... but it may have been a hallucination as I was tripping with fever at the time. I would say this one was a spirit or an echo, not a ghost.

Taken from the December/January issue of Dork, out now.

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