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Nashville, TN | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Nashville, TN | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Poncé EP Release"

Not every musical idea from the 1980s needs to be revisited. But if anything can help me get comfortable with my awkward nostalgia for The Cars’ Heartbeat City and Don Henley’s Building the Perfect Beast, it’s Carson and Michael Poncé’s new EP The Afterglow. The identical twin brothers, who perform as Poncé, have zeroed in on what makes a good marriage of earnest pop and glossy rock, and they’ve channeled it into a batch of eight danceable, hook-laden songs recorded at the famed Sound Emporium Studios. Particular standouts include “Elevator,” which blends wild guitars and wooly synths, and “Streets of Eden,” a dramatic pop confection that belongs in the end credits of a Reagan-era Val Kilmer vehicle. The official release isn’t until April 28, but they’re celebrating a little early with help from The Soul Shakers, Sweettalker and J. Marco. - Nashville Scene


It’s not everyday we receive a pure rocking track like “Elevator” to chew on; so today we are stoked to premiere the track from PONCÉ that is full of galloping guitars and weighty lyrics that come at us raw and unhinged. The twin brothers from Nashville list Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty as favorites and you can detect both of their influences on this track in minor ways. It also seems obvious in the music, that the brothers have that “twin-bond” which makes for tight riffs and a cohesive overall sound that should bring them far.

“Elevator” is the second single off their upcoming EP Afterglow which is due out on 5-5-17 and with tunes like this one, should be a great record. If you’re in Nashville on 2-24-17 be sure to head over to The Crying Wolf to catch a set from PONCÉ.

Elevator is one of the more abstract songs and concepts I’ve tackled so far in my songwriting. The song came to life in a somewhat melancholic space, and the idea came from feeling completely helpless and chained in a situation with someone. But I wanted the main concept and take away to be broader than that. I think we all can have the tendency to be at a loss for words or rationale in certain situations, and I wanted Elevator to come from that place of utter nonsense.

The song first came from the main riff which is the basic vocal melody for the verses. I was messing around on the guitar one day and came up with the main progression, and the words ‘I need a line cause I’m stuck in an elevator’ kinda revealed themselves as I kept on with the progression. This song has also lived in phases since 2011, so it’s crazy to finally give it up to the masses as it’s raw little self.

This is the second single we’ve released from our upcoming EP, ‘Afterglow’, which I’m really proud of based on the eclectic nature of the songs. It touches on a lot of sounds and production, which motivates us as we keep creating for future projects and collaborations. – PONCÉ - Pancakes & Whiskey

"Now/It's: A Single Premiere - "Around You" by PONCÉ"

As has become well documented on the site, Nashville’s pop rock/intelli-pop scene and its adjacent sub-genres has no shortage of fascinating story-lines.

For all intents and purposes, there wasn’t a scene (or at least a significantly burgeoning one) for the better part of fifteen, twenty years. There was Lambchop and Paper Route but outside of that, pursuing anything in the realm of nuanced intellipop was, in a word, unintelligent, at least to do so in Nashville.

Everyone made their way to New York or LA to carve out a niche among the many, while Nashville seemingly acted in spite of itself.

Considering the wealth of major-label production suites in town, one would think Nashville has long been a hotbed of indie-rock/intelli-pop for some time, rather than a “wow, there a lot of pop acts here!” reaction to the past five years. Even within that subset, it’s really the past three years where Nashville’s intelli-pop scene experienced true exponential growth.

Obviously, there are plenty of conception-defying gems within the Nashville indie rock meets intelli-pop world - LANY, COIN, and The Night Game (sort of) come to mind - and plenty others watching from the steps beside the balustrade, waiting to be invited into Nashville’s indie rock/intelli-pop debutante ball.

That’s not to say they’ve not earned recognition based off their own merit, but rather, awaiting the same credibility as those mentioned earlier. While some sit idly by in hopes of an invitation (see: opportunity), others are beginning to lay out a plan of ascension.

Let’s use PONCÉ as an example (how’s that for a segue!?).

It’s been documented enough to know that PONCÉ is the twin brother indie rock duo with a pop sheen, offering their take on the arena rock of yore if Petty and Springsteen had time-traveled to the modern day and stole Ableton, Logic, and as many recent model Moog modulars as possible.

That’s totally fair, but in keeping with the Nashville theme, what I think is worth noting about the sibling duo is the distinctive harmony work Michael and Carson bring about in PONCÉ. Think of them as the pop rock answer to Ira and Charlie Louvin’s famed blood harmonies. That’s not their only strength, but for the sake of (relative) brevity, that’s our focus today.

Obviously, blood harmonies have long been fetishized by many a music writer, so the ability to bring them about has been a little overblown, but when you hear it, you hear it. And PONCÉ has solid handle on a pop rock version of blood harmony.

In their latest single, “Around You,” PONCÉ offer a plethora of striking sonic moments, but the harmonies caught the ear first and foremost. While the song is not necessarily a duet in the classic styling of the Louvin Brothers, The Jackson Five, or other blood harmony toting duos, it does hold reminiscent moments.

Point and case, throughout the second verse, while Carson takes lead, Michael will pop in and out on melodic inflection points to bolster the tune as a whole. In my mind, that’s what sells the hook “the way that I feel when I’m around you.” Granted, I’m not saying the song doesn’t do so in other areas, but the melody lines are power pop to the max. Add that to the fact there’s an absolutely incredible key change near the end of the song, you’ve got yourself a road show ready anthem.

As for the song itself, it possesses an innumerable array of other striking moments, from the slightly whimsical production quality to general artistic direction. To say the least, there’s a lot to ruminate over.

So with all that, let’s bring things back around to our original point - PONCÉ are yet another sensational component of the ever-burgeoning pop scene in Nashville.

They’re unique in their standing, seeing as it’s not just pop when it comes to PONCÉ; their arena rock influence rings true, too. PONCÉ is a familiar combination that shatters general conceptions - a pop rock duo with blood harmonies? If there was ever a band more primed to make waves in Nashville right now, it’s got to PONCÉ. - Now/It's Nashville


Afterglow - EP (2017)
Lie to Me (Lazarus #2) - Single (2018)
Around You - Single (2018)



PONCÉ is a dynamic indie rock duo based in Nashville, TN consisting of twin brothers Carson and Michael Poncé. The twins efficiently cross genres; from classic, harmony-driven melodies reminiscent of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, to modern, synth-led pop productions with melodic guitar leads evocative of The Killers and The Cure.

“PONCÉ has zeroed in on what makes a good marriage of earnest pop and glossy rock, and they’ve channeled it into a batch of eight danceable, hook-laden songs.” - NASHVILLE SCENE

Their debut EP ‘Afterglow’ was released in April 2017 and has garnered spins on over 50 college radio stations throughout the country and has generated licensing deals with MTV, Netflix, NASCAR and E! among others. Since 2018, the twins have played 150+ shows, covering 60,000 miles across 30 states. PONCÉ has enjoyed opening for Bomba Estéreo, PHOX, Andy Frasco, Matt Thiessen, CBDB and The Ataris.

“Every track is absolutely glowing with their genre-bending talent. The majority of the recording belongs alongside the best of the best of yesteryear, and we’ve been spinning it on repeat.” - IMPOSE MAGAZINE

“The brothers have that “twin-bond” which makes for tight riffs and a cohesive overall sound that should bring them far.” - PANCAKES AND WHISKEY

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