No Show Ponies

No Show Ponies

BandRock

Biography

In a time when the term “rock & roll music” has been consolidated with the consumerist sludge that includes reality television and headline news sound bytes, No Show Ponies arrives like a blow to the head. Since the members of No Show Ponies formed in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, they have continually won over crowds and their peers alike in their pursuit to make “rock & roll music” mean something again. No Show Ponies succeeds at this goal by focusing on its strengths: writing and performing three-minute pop songs that conjure the spirit of rock’s past, while injecting a sonic and lyrical depth that speaks to the events of the day. Listening to No Show Ponies newest release, What Am I To Do?, several things become clear. First, as the group’s guitar player and primary lyricist, Jeff Brown exists without contemporary peer in his ability to address matters of substance through wry wit and sardonic humor. Then there is the unmistakable baritone of vocalist, Ben Brown, who is equal parts pin-up icon and lounge crooner, often within the same song. Concerning What Am I To Do?, Ben offers, “Lyrically, the record (What Am I To Do?) deals with themes such as the loss of innocence, the notion of identity, and the existential nausea one faces in the modern world…but you can dance to it! That’s our secret weapon; we have a terrific rhythm section. Just ask them. I’m sure they will agree.” Bassist Dan Ruscito and drummer Jason Jones understand the notion of rock & roll; both have spent years individually perfecting their craft. As the rhythm section of No Show Ponies, the two have developed an incendiary chemistry that, at its best, has the ability to close the stigma between white and black music. Both understand that true rock & roll is, after all, colorblind. The addition of guitarist Kevin Schoaff finds the sound of No Show Ponies at its most volatile. Through the playing of Kevin and Jeff, NSP’s guitar attack is at once lacerating and beautiful, which one would expect from a group that cites The Smiths, The Replacements and U2 amongst its influences. Will No Show Ponies, too, reach such prophetic heights? The stars have aligned; the circle has closed; the shit has hit the fan. Look out, it must be a rock & roll band.

Lyrics

What Am I To Do?

Written By: No Show Ponies

There's death around every corner
But hey, the weather's getting warmer
And I was born with a wandering eye
So let's forget about the bar
And pass the tap around the car
I know you well enough to lie

Tomorrow might bring an angel
With a love violent and true
Or tomorrow might bring nothing
What am I to do?

I believe the Fall
Is present in us all
I love your red lips and pale white skin
The way you wear that dress
And make me such a mess
Regret only leaves you suffering

Tomorrow might bring an angel
With a love violent and true
Or tomorrow might bring nothing
What am I to do?

When it's over
Will we still be there
With no chips on our shoulder
And the will to still dare?

What am I to do?

Yesterday's News

Written By: No Show Ponies

Friday's star
Is Monday's clown
Summer's bride
Is divorced and down

Tomorrow's rulers
Haven't yet been born
She's got a big mouth
But she's been warned
Here's a fact in a world of half truths

Keep your head up
There's nothing you can do
At some point
We'll all be yesterday's news

Meet the day
With a fiery sword
Or with a pen
And the written word

It makes no difference
To me you see
Whatever helps you sleep
Here's a fact in a world of half truths

Keep your head up
There's nothing you can do
At some point
We'll all be yesterday's news

Our hearts are filled with love now baby
But our heads are filled with doom
It does no good to deny it baby
Just remember that I'm here with you
Tonight
If only for tonight

Keep your head up
There's nothing you can do
At some point
We'll all be yesterday's news

Discography

EP "What Am I To Do?" 2004

Set List

Enough original material for three 40-minute sets