posted January 17, 2013Tweet
Gearing up for the release of their new full-length and upcoming tour the Seattle duo Pony Time have released their first single "What If You Caught Me," described by Allston Pudding as "the boy-girl answer to JEFF the Brotherhood. Luke Beetham plays high up on the neck of the fuzz bass while crooning Thee Oh Sees style vocals and Stacy Peck holds it down on the kit with her attack drumming style." Pony Time are set to release "Go Find Your Own" on February 19th, 2013, on Per Se Records!
A two-piece garage rock band from Seattle, WA, Pony Time is: Luke Beetham, a Seattle native, on bass/baritone guitar/vocals and Stacy Peck, an Iowa transplant, on drums. The two met helping a mutual friend move a stereo back in 2009. They started playing their unique brand of danceable punk music together soon after. Bands that make them tick include: Gary Numan, Bo Diddley, The Milkshakes, The Breeders, and Fleetwood Mac.
Live, the band is refreshing to both eyes and ears. Luke holds his bass ridiculously high while sweating through a dress shirt, tie, and sweater vest. Stacy (formerly of Telepathic Liberation Army) pounds at her kit in a tissue-thin Bob Seger tee and ratty denim jacket, blowing unruly bangs out of her face. Visually, they clash delightfully. Between-song banter during their 20-minute sets is at once dorky and endearing—flexing a sly sense of humor that's never precious.
While Pony Time has some vintage facets (thick reverb, early-sixties rough rock melodies), they're undoubtedly contemporary—and local. Their songs are sonic slices of Seattle rock right now. Hints of Pacific Northwest past gleam through in riot grrrl beats, Sonics garage grit, and low logger truck tones. Yet, their ability to conjure something new from their influences exemplifies Seattle's current tight, supportive music community.
They play everywhere, and all the time. From the city's secret house parties, all-ages spaces, punk clubs, gay bars, and impermanent art galleries to local fests like Block Party, Seattle Pride, and Reverb. The band often shares bills with kindred-spirits like Stickers, Haunted Horses,NighTraiN, and TacocaT.
The duo's gone on three tours, released the cassette "Pony Time Can Drink 100 Wine Coolers (on Don't Stop Believin' Records)" and a self-titled six song EP in late 2011 (on Per Se Records). Their latest release, "Go Find Your Own," features twelve new songs and a "more driving, aggressive sound." Plus: Instrument switching!
"Go Find Your Own" — offered on vinyl, CD, and digital download by Per Se Records—was recorded by Don Farwell at Earwig Studio over the span of a year, and will be distributed by Light In The Attic Records. With track titles like "Geordie," "Lesbian Mayor," and "Kathleen Hanna," the record shows Pony Time's playful relationship to pop culture. Sure, Pony Time shows are sticky, good time dance parties, but the band also cares a lot about: Star Trek the Next Generation, LGBTQ rights, feminism, hair pomade, cats, and candy.