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The best kept secret in music


"XLR8R - 06/2005"

"Poni Hoax "budapest" Joakim Italo Dub- HOLY SHIT THIS IS A TUNE
FOR THE SUMMER coming soon on Tigersushi" - na

"The New York Times"

‘"Dark disco" is the only way I can describe it” - Guest Reviewer Leslie Feist

"Tigersushi Online Press Section"

Full Press Portfolio available here :

- na


2008. Images Of Sigrid (album)
2008. Hypercommunication EP (single)
2007. Antibodies EP (single)
2006. Poni Hoax (album)
2005. Budapest EP (single)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Too good to be true! The conjunction of whatever Western civilization offers best in terms of debauchery, excess and exotic beverages with a unique musical kinship and knowledge.

This happens once a millenium this side of the channel and the Joakim-produced Budapest EP is here to give testimony of the legacy this band is set to leave.

The gang of Laurent Bardainne, Nicolas Villebrun, Vincent Taeger and Arnaud Rollin met up at the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique and formed the most respected group of guns for hire on the Parisian marketplace.

When not engaged on tour with middle-of-the-road acts with disgusting tastes in music and no usage of underwear, the quartet gathered in an obscure Rive Gauche basement to practise and rehearse Poni Hoax's exquisite art.

A chance encounter with Franco-Cambodian fugitive Nicolas Ker at an 18th district juice joint led to the ultimate development of their unique synthesis.

With Behemoth shaped ambitions and short tampered livers to go with, Poni are ready to take on everyone from Franz Ferdinand to Modern Lovers, from Esg to Arcade Fire, from Kylie Minogue to Serge Gainsbourg.

The richter scale just moved in dowtown Paris.


2001. Time is suddenly frozen, within a few seconds the angels of the apocalypse are among us. Laurent Bardainne doesn’t have the patience to wait for the end of the world : he founds Poni Hoax.
2005. Poni Hoax rise from the ashes. Their first single, «Budapest», is a dark prayer to the cathartic power of disco. One only rule : let’s dance on their graves.
2006. «Poni Hoax», first album. The single «She’s on the Radio» is an electro-pop hit dedicated to the one who’s everywhere to be heard and nowhere to be seen. The band imposes itself on stage as a rocking dancing machine. Some describes Poni Hoax as a dreamed collaboration between Nick Cave and Giorgio Moroder. Maybe.

A Frankenstein composed of complete different body parts :
We know from them that :
They are not like-minded individuals.
They gather instinctively.
Some of them met ten years ago at the Jazz conservatory in Paris.
They burned the Academy and forgot their music theories in order to breathe.
Rock n Roll saved their life.
A Second album produced by Tigersushi head Joakim, where a French band is not just a French band, reaches supersonic speed, breaks all boundaries and conquers the world.
2008. «Images of Sigrid». Joakim is again at the control but everyone pulls the triggers. This second album is a collective work joining the dots between pop and avant-garde, rock and electronic music, disco and new wave, R n'B and ambient, just like its great predecessors Roxy Music or the Talking Heads. One thing remains constant through these 13 tracks, the will to write everlasting pop songs, universal anthems like «Antibodies», «Hypercommunication» and «Crash Pad Driver»..
In the myst of this digital megalopolis, you'll meet a few ghosts : a suicided painter, a young girl who believes in happiness, and all the ones who remained quiet when you begged for forgiveness.
« Images Of Sigrid » confirms a presentiment : Poni Hoax is the best thing that ever happened in France since the legalisation of abortion and the end of death penalty.
Therese D’Avilla : «There are more tears shed on fullfilled promises that on those who are not.».
God listened to «Images of Sigrid».