Pronto Mama – Arabesque: Video Premiere

Music Team | 28 Feb 2017

Watch the video for Pronto Mama's new track Arabesque

Like many bands, Pronto Mama began playing together as teenagers in their bedroom; a convenient escape from the sharper edges that existed in Glasgow’s east end where four of the members went to school. The band came together when two pairs of best friends joined forces; each pair comprised one core songwriter, Marc Rooney (vocals, guitar) and Ciaran McEneny (vocals, keyboard, guitar), and one member of the rhythm section, Michael Griffin (bass) and Martin Johnston (drums). Alex Sharples (trumpet, keyboard) and Craig McMahon (trombone, keyboard, percussion) later joined the band completing the line-up.

Pronto Mama's rise through the Scottish music ranks has seen them appear at T in the Park, Wickerman and Belladrum, and they recently sold out Glasgow’s Oran Mor at Celtic Connections 2017. The six-piece are due to release their debut album Any Joy this May and The Skinny are delighted to be premiering the video for Arabesque which is taken from the new album.

Of the video Johnston tells us “When Paul Wilkie (Master of Fine Art from The Glasgow School of Art) sent the video over it was amazing to see the footage for the first time. He just blended in with us when we were making the record, and we weren't really aware that he was garnering all of this footage. On top of that he's put this visual spectacle together that we feel perfectly accompanies Arabesque.”


Any Joy is scheduled for release in May via Electric Honey

Catch Pronto Mama live at the following dates:

10 May – West of the Moon, Ayr
11 May – Clarks, Dundee
12 May – Mash House, Edinburgh
13 May – The Bungalow, Paisley
14 May – Westgarth Social Club w/ Lowly, Middlesborough
25 May – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
26 May – The Art School, Glasgow
28 May – Knockengorroch Festival, Castle Douglas
10 Jun – Strange Behaviours – Tolbooth, Stirling
17 Jun – Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
23 Jun – Northern Roots Festival, Inverness
1 Jul – Kelburn Garden Party, Kelburn Castle, Largs