Tampa emo pioneer Pohgoh signs to Spartan Records, announces first show of 2022

click to enlarge Pohgoh - Photo by Dave Decker
Photo by Dave Decker
After two decades of self-releasing music, revered Tampa indie-rock and emo totem Pohgoh has signed with Spartan Records, which will release the band’s new album, du und ich this fall around the time guitarist Matt Slate celebrates a birthday.

But before that, Pohgoh will play its first show of 2022 on Sunday, June 12 at Microgroove, which is owned by Pohgoh frontwoman Susie Ulrey and husband, drummer Keith. Tickets for the 5 p.m. matinee are $10, with an attendance cap of 50 people. Masks will be required in the shop and during the show, where Kerry Courtney plays opener.
Produced by J. Robbins and recorded at his Magpie Cage Recording Studio in Baltimore, du und ich marks the third full-length for the band, which came up in a golden age of emo alongside bands like Rainer Maria and Jejune.

In German, the album’s title means “you and I.” For Pohgoh—the Ulreys and Slate joined by Hankshaw’s Brian Roberts on bass—it’s a nod to the last 30 months being locked down.

In fact, the band arrived at Magpie with more songs than the group had ever written before going into a new recording project and welcoming new sounds (pedal steel, Hammond) onto tape.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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