It's really tough to explain the effect the music of the PONYS will have on an unsuspecting world like this. So delicate when you warm up to it, and so destructive and mesmerizing, it's hard to see straight once it kicks in. Songs that have the DIY aesthetic challenged to the point that not just anybody can do this themselves anymore. Yes, it's that good. The timing, the vocal inflection, the tremendous build up and crashing....it's all a new playing field here and it's pretty damn exciting.
If psychedelic music is supposed to be drippy and lazy, then you can't compare this at all. "Pop" is also way too broad of a term to fit, but once you let these songs plug into your receptacles, it will all explain itself quite clearly. 'Noise' is just as unworthy of a description, but begins to tap into the fortified power that's ended so many live shows with a feedback-destroyed eardrum or two. Somehow, the PONYS cleverly destroy everything that you used to hate, and then force you to love it. All with such a unique swirling sound and jaggedly perverse style that you'll seriously be left in an orange haze of confusion, pleasure, and overwhelming satisfaction. You know, the stuff that Mick Jagger wanted to get his hands on so desperately.
But this is no easycomparison. I'm just saying that it really seems that songs like these haven't been written in a long time. Everything's been done before, right? Wrong. Jered's vocals may echo the desperation of Richard Hell, and those chilling keyboards may recall the perfect Velvet Undergrind, but it's in a modern league all it's own. How something this seductively neurotic can be so therapeutic is beyond me, but I'm just glad to get to witness it. Music this catchy and fulfilling is so hard to come by in this fleeting, silly world, but tonight it may just land in your lap. The PONYS will change everything with just a few heartbreaking chords and there's nothing you can do about it. Consider yourself lucky to be alive, and enjoy your new favorite band.