Ahead of their set at our second Bang On festival, we learn more about tropical rockers, Aporia from band founder, Mitchell.


Tell us about Aporia.
Emerging from the pristine coast of Aotearoa, New Zealand, Mitchell James’ bedroom brainchild came to light in 2016, in the artistically dynamic city of Berlin. It’s there that the live project was formed, together with fellow South Pacific born bandmates Nick (guitar) also from New Zealand, and Alia (vocals/synth) from Australia.

Aporia combines dreamy seaside synth-scapes with fantasy-pop and tropical rock and roll. Aporia’s latest album ‘Almost Tropical’ (released on Cosmic Compositions and Prison Tapes) is awash with meandering, psychedelic melodies, gentle Balearic undertones, and lyrics that cover themes from death, to dolphins, to celestial castles.

What are you most looking forward to at Bang On fest?
All the lovely people and playing with all the other bands. Great line up!

If someone only had time to listen to one of your songs, which one would you choose and why?
Jupiters Goldcoast.

 What does the “DIY” indie scene mean to you?
People making music for the love.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?
New album, ‘Hotel Aporia’ will be released later this year by Cosmic Compositions, Fantasy Fiction and a remix album via Dub Disco! Also plenty of live shows upcoming.

See Aporia at
Bang On Fest #2, Saturday 30 March at Zukunft am Ostkreuz.