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Pom Poms makes retro Hollywood garage rock

Los Angeles garage group Pom Poms plays an all-ages show Tuesday, June 7 at Strummer’s.
Los Angeles garage group Pom Poms plays an all-ages show Tuesday, June 7 at Strummer’s. Special to The Bee

Marlene Gold creates imaginary film scores, the soundtracks to B-movies and French film noir.

With her group, Pom Poms, she makes three-minute pop tunes informed by Tim Burton, Tarantino and David Lynch. There are hints of Ed Wood’s depravity.

“I am in love with the idea of making Hollywood music,” says Gold, started Pom Poms as a collaboration with producer Billy Mohler (whose credits include Kelly Clarkson and Liz Phair and AWOLNATION and Limp Bizkit).

“It’s my imagination running wild. And what that sounds like,” she says.

Pom Poms are currently on tour with Los Angles alt-rock band The Mowgli’s, who play an all-ages show Tuesday, June 7 at Strummer’s. In July, the band starts a Tuesday night residency at Harvard and Stone in Los Angeles. Its full album “Greetings from Burbank,” should be out this summer. The album pulls influences from the late ’50 and ’60s and incorporates that “West Coast surf element,” Gold says.

“It’s the first record I’ve made that sounds like music I’d listen to,” she says.

Already, the duo has had good hype for its first two singles (“Betty” and “123”) and its live performances, which feature Gold’s love for retro vocals and aesthetics. Seriously, she tours with no less than five pairs of vintage sunglasses, though she tends not to wear them on stage.

“If it’s dark on stage, I’m going to sport my fake eyelashes,” she says.

Her fashion sense, that Hollywood glamor meets Hollywood grunge, is an important part of what Pom Poms does. It’s good for the branding (read the press).

It’s also Gold in her natural form.

“I basically just get to be myself,” she says.

“An exaggerated version of myself, but still.”

Pom Poms

  • Opening for Mowgli’s
  • 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 7
  • Strummer’s, 833 E. Fern Ave.
  • $18, all ages
  • 559-485-5356,