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January 4, 2013

Breakups, Death and Dance Music: An Interview with PonyHomie

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We’ve written about PonyHomie several times over the past couple years. But today, in honor of the release of their new album, Remable, and their headlining show tonight at Chop Suey, we thought you’d want to hear it straight from the horse’s – err, Pony’s – mouth.

We caught up with Brando Feist, vocalist and synth master for the dark electro-dance trio to learn a little more about the new album, the band’s creative process, and what we can expect to see at the show tonight.

SEA live MUSIC: What can fans expect from the new album, Remable?

Brando: Remable is a bit of an odd record, to be honest. Though many of the songs are very dark lyrically, the melodies are deceptively uplifting. People quite often mistake some of our darkest, saddest songs for love songs or happy tunes. We’re just happy to have people listening and having their own take on these songs that the three of us now know so well.

SLM: Do you guys collaborate on songwriting, or does one of you do most of the heavy lifting?

Brando: Our writing process has always varied… typically I [Brando] will have an idea or a new keyboard effect and show Mike [drummer] and Ramon [bassist], ask them what they think, and take it from there. I usually write lyrics and song structure by myself to really focus on the content. When I feel like the song is completed on my end, I will send it off to the guys to have them start thinking of parts. The hard work starts when we all three put our ideas together to nail down drums and bass parts. Often what Mike and Ramon come up with is nothing close to what I originally envisioned, but I am always happily surprised by the results.

SLM: Where do you draw most of your inspiration from for PonyHomie’s music?

Brando: Lyrically, I typically draw inspiration from loss and sadness, depressingly enough. Loved ones I’ve lost in one way or another. I’ve written about death and made it sound like a breakup, and I’ve written about breakups and made it sound like death. I try to have a sense of ambiguity in my lyrics to let the listeners decide for themselves what they want the song to be. Musically, my inspiration comes from new music. When I hear the latest tracks from my favorite artists, that’s when I am drawn to my keyboard and pushed to write something new.

SLM: Can you tell us a little about the recording process? Did you do all the recording in Seattle?

Brando: All of the recording was done in Seattle. When we originally recorded our demo to send to Scott Colburn (our producer), we figured that he would like to rerecord almost everything for the album. We were very excited that he thought much of what we had sounded great as is, so we decided to focus on turning our demo into a cohesive album. We kept all of the original keyboard parts, recorded in my studio apartment, and many of the bass parts that were recorded at Mike’s house. For the rerecording of the drums and vocals, we headed to Gravelvoice Studio, where Scott helped us finalize our tracks.

SLM: How did you decide to focus on synth, rather than guitar, as the main instrument for the band?

Brando: I had been playing guitar for many years, and had started to lose interest. I was finding it difficult to write new songs that sounded like new songs. I wanted to start focusing on more electronic and dance driven music, mainly because that was what I had been primarily listening to at that time. I purchased the Nord and immediately began writing songs I couldn’t possibly have thought of with guitar. I still love playing guitar, but I continue to base even our most guitar centric songs around the strength of the keyboard.

SLM: You use some really great vocal effects – how did you come up with the right balance?

Brando: I have no idea. There was a lot of tinkering involved. I played with the settings until I found something that sounded great or made me laugh and I stuck with it. If I thought it might work, I used it and didn’t look back.

SLM: Do you have anything special planned for your show at Chop Suey?

Brando: We have a couple of old tricks up our sleeves. They aren’t necessarily things we haven’t done before, but I think people will get a kick out of it.

SLM: If you were to arrange a national tour, who would be your dream bands to play with?

Brando: I’ve thought about this question a lot, and I don’t have a really good answer. I can think of some absolutely amazing bands that I would love to meet and to play shows with, but we wouldn’t necessarily fit on a bill well together. I could write a list, but it would be several pages long…

SLM: What is the story behind the bandannas?

Brando: I wanted a give a sense of anonymity to us as musicians… to let the audience focus on the music and what was being played rather than who was playing it. I never really wanted to be an anonymous band, because that just seemed like far too much work to hide our identities from the friends who were coming to see us play. The first couple shows we played, we kept the bandannas on the whole show, but by now they’ve become more of a symbol for us.

SLM: What music is on heavy rotation for the PonyHomie crew right now?

Brando: Since meeting with Scott Colburn, I’ve been checking out a lot of his other production work. My favorites come from the Portland band Nurses, and Brooklyn based Prince Rama. Both fantastic bands. I also have gotten very into a band called Royal Bangs… their album “Let It Beep” is phenomenal.

1/4 PonyHomie / Redwood Plan / Ever-So-Android / Jabon @ Chop Suey :: Tickets are $8 :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: 21+

December 30, 2012

New Year, New Music! Check out Pickwick and PonyHomie This Week

If you need a good New Year’s Resolution for 2013, we recommend making a commitment to seeing more live music. While good shows tend to be a little more few and far between this time of year than during regular tour seasons, there’s plenty of good music to get you started on the right foot this year. This week alone boasts a couple can’t-miss sets.

Sultry, soulful folk pop with retro sensibilities yet totally modern composition.

If you are still looking for awesome plans for New Year’s Eve, we recommend joining the fun at Showbox with Seattle’s own Pickwick. The unassuming band of boys packs an unexpected punch and will have you on your feet all night as you welcome 2013. The show is expected to sell out, so grab your tickets while you still can.

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Up-and-coming dark dance-pop trio that is finally coming into its own with a fantastic new album featuring psychedelic and house tinges .

You’ve probably seen us tout PonyHomie time and time again. And there’s a good reason for it – they are one of our go-to electro-pop picks. If you have yet to check them out, this is the night to do so. With a brand new album hot off the presses and a sound that has matured like a fine wine over the past couple years, this show will serve as yet another great kick-off to 2013.

For a look ahead at some of the other great shows coming up in the first few months of 2013, be sure to check out our freshly updated calendar.

September 5, 2012

Bandannas in Belltown: PonyHomie Tonight at The Croc

You may have seen us post about a local band called PonyHomie, but if you haven’t had the chance to actually see them in action yet, tonight would be the night to do it.

Grab your bandannas and your dancing shoes, because PonyHomie is playing tonight at the city’s famed Belltown venue, the Crocodile. The Seattle trio creates synth-drenched pop with eerie vocal effects – a perfect dichotomy of raw, dark tunes that make you want to dance the night away. PonyHomie is playing with Fort Lean and Lazer Kitty, rounding out one of the best nights in music this week.

9/5 Lazer Kitty / Fort Lean / PonyHomie @ The Crocodile Back Bar :: 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $5 :: All Ages

September 4, 2012

The Best Seattle Concerts This Week [September 4]

Bumbershoot wears some people out. But for others, like us, it reinvigorates us for the autumn tour season – and this season has no shortage of great upcoming shows. So if you are one of those people who needs more music after three straight days of live tunes, below are our top recommendations for this week.

9/5 (Wednesday) – PonyHomie @ The Crocodile
Dark synth-pop from a trio of Seattleites wearing bandannas.

9/5 (Wednesday) – Beirut @ The Moore Theatre
European-influenced orchestral pop from a modern-day musical genius.

9/6 (Thursday) – Sloan @ Tractor Tavern
Canadian alt-rock ledgends with more than two decades of touring under their belts.

9/9 (Sunday) – The Tallest Man on Earth @ The Moore Theatre
Some of the best Americana-folk tunes you’ll ever hear from a Swede.

March 27, 2012

The Week’s Very Best Live Music + Bonus Video by Seattle’s PonyHomie

Our top picks for the week.

3/27 (Tuesday) – PonyHomie @ White Rabbit

Dark synth pop from Tron-loving Seattleites

3/28 (Wednesday) – Howler @ Sunset

Catchy, often danceable surf rock from young Minnesotans

3/30 (Friday) – Ravenna Woods @ Vera

Percussive, rhythmically dynamic acoustic rock from always entertaining Seattleites

3/31 (Saturday) – The Lumineers @ Neumos

Sing-along friendly folk pop from a Denver trio

4/1 (Sunday) – John K. Samson (of The Weakerthans) @ Tractor Tavern

Cleverly worded songs and stories from Canada’s Poet Laurette of indie rock

As always, head over to our calendar page for the full rundown.

January 9, 2012

Deal of the Week: PonyHomie and Friends for Only $6 at The Sunset

After spending our paychecks on gifts for the holidays, there are fewer things we enjoy better than a good deal. Tonight’s recommended show is just that: a really good deal.

One of our favorite local bands, PonyHomie, is back at it tonight with Light’s on Why and Ever So Android. And you get all three of these dark-dancey acts for the low, low price of only $6 tonight at the Sunset in Ballard.

6/13 Light’s On Why / Ever So Android / PonyHomie @ Sunset Tavern :: Doors at 9:00 PM :: Tickets are $6 :: 21+

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January 19, 2011

Bring Your Dancing Shoes: PonyHomie Opening Tonight at Neumos

Yesterday, we featured Guster – a band squarely on the mainstream radar. Today, we’re featuring a local band on the opposite end of the spectrum. PonyHomie has only recently become a name recognized in the Seattle underground scene, but they are one of Seattle’s best up-and-coming dance-inducing bands. With eerie vocal effects, sparkly synth and tousled bass riffs, you won’t be able to keep from moving with the music.

PonyHomie isn’t letting their “new kid on the block” status keep them down, either. After being denied an invite to play a set at SXSW, they teamed up with bands Mason Reed, Backdrifter and Jake Nannery to raise funds to crash the party and trail-blaze their way to the SXSW spotlight. (If you are interested in sponsoring these bands and turning their SXSW aspirations into reality, you can pledge a donation at their Kickstarter page.)

PonyHomie is opening for MK Speed Dial, White China Gold and Secret Shoppers tonight at Neumos. If you can’t make it tonight, they are also headlining their own show at Chop Suey on January 30. We’ve posted our favorite songs from their demo album below for your listening pleasure.

1/19 at Neumos :: MK Speed Dial, White China Gold, Secret Shoppers, PonyHomie :: Doors at 8pm :: $8 at the door :: 21+

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