Don't Mess With The Pony

Don't Mess With The Pony

BandAlternativePop

The live Don't Mess With The Pony performance is an experience in itself. Expect soaring guitar solos, sensual and punchy bass lines and groove-saturated drums. Their lyrics will touch you, the music will draw you in and the unpredictable stage antics will keep you on your toes!

Biography

Don’t Mess With The Pony (DMWTP) are an Alternative Indie-Pop trio with two singer- songwriters, luscious three-part harmonies and songs that stimulate the senses. Cat Leahy, Suzanne Bass and Megan Bernard crossed paths in 2002 in the city of Melbourne, Australia. The three became musical kindred spirits and consider their meeting both profound and fateful.

DMWTP are currently in pre-production mode preparing to record their debut album with producer Kalju Tonuma (The Living End, Crowded House, Trial Kennedy). In addition to this, the band are regularly performing in Melbourne at venues such as Bar Open, The Spot and The Retreat and in country towns including Beechworth, Yackandandah and Albury where they have developed a faithful audience. DMWTP can be heard on Triple J, Triple R, JOY FM and Radio National.

Since forming the band, DMWTP have released two independent EPs and a double-single. They also feature on compilation albums including Wireless Records - A Compilation (2002), Bitch Sessions (2003) and Make your mark (2005). DMWTP’s first release Colour of Mind (2004) was funded by an Australia Council bUzz grant which the band received in 2003. This grant also funded a promotional tour of Victoria and New South Wales. The second release The Four Secrets (2006) was produced by Pip Norman (TZU, The Commas) and
was followed by an independent tour of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

In July 2007 the band released their double single, It’s You I Love / The Right Moment recorded and produced by Kalju Tonuma. Following this release, the band embarked on an international tour of Canada to promote the CD. DMWTP have made their mark on the Australian and Canadian festival scene playing at Eldorado’s Folk, Rhythm and Life Festival,
Queenscliff Music Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Yackandandah’s Spring Migration, Darebin Music Feast and The Sasquatch Festival in Alberta, Canada.

With musical inspirations including Me’shell N’degeocello, The Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer, DMWTP have produced a unique voice spiced with the subtle flavours of their influences. Inspired by the groove, feel and emotion of such artists, Cat, Suzanne and Megan relish their roles as members of a tight rhythm section. They are constantly exploring musical possibilities and revealing themselves to be captivating performers. The use of guitar synthesizer in DMWTP adds an exciting element that blends seamlessly with their vintage-esque sound.

The live DMWTP performance is an experience in itself. Expect soaring guitar solos, sensual and punchy bass lines and groove-saturated drums. A punter at a Beechworth gig commented, “I have never seen a band have so much fun.” Their lyrics will touch you, the music will draw you in and the unpredictable stage antics will keep you on your toes! Together in their element the band have no fear, and when they let you into their creative world and just jam, you realise exactly why their meeting was profound and fateful. It’s that certain something that words fail to describe. It just is. They are Don’t Mess With the Pony.

Lyrics

Get Out Of Your Head

Written By: M.Bernard

So this isn’t how you thought your life would be right now
You can turn yourself around
You can create new ground

Expectations have set you up for disappointment
It’s time to be uplifted
It’s time to be uplifted

Get out, get out, get out of your head
Take a step, take a step before you’ve got nothing left
Get out, get out, get out of your head
Take a step, take a step before you’ve got nothing left

What do I want for you?
Focus and perspective
Focus and perspective
Are there many people who have everything they want?
Ask yourself that, go on and ask yourself that

Get out, get out, get out of your head
Take a step, take a step before you’ve got nothing left
Get out, get out, get out of your head
Take a step, take a step before you’ve got nothing left

I’m younger I’m not wiser
I’m not a preacher
I want you to be a fighter
Help yourself, help yourself
Nobody else but you can make the change

Get out, get out, get out of your head
Take a step, take a step before you’ve got nothing left
Get out, get out, get out of your head
Take a step, take a step before you’ve got nothing left

Discography

2007 Double Single "Don't Mess With The Pony"

2006 EP "The Four Secrets"

2004 EP "Colour of Mind"

Set List

Don’t Mess With The Pony shows consist predominantly of songs written by the band with the occasional DMWTP version of the following;

Originals

Four Walls
What I Don’t Know
Lifting Up From My Feet
(Mantra)
I’ll Be Seeing You
Dry
Get Out of Your Head
Kind and Cruel
Release is Peace
Shove It
Pop Song
Talk
Satisfied
Men in Charge
Trapped
Seven Weeks
This Is
Imitate
Free
Love Me Knots
Respect My Ego
Kind and Cruel
...and many more...

Covers

Can’t Take My Eyes Of You – Frankie Valli
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Minogue
Get Up Stand Up – Bob Marley
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Oh Darling – The Beatles
Get Into The Groove – Madonna