Pony Bravo

Pony Bravo

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Pony Bravo is western music, Sevillan rock, experimental, jazz and reggae. All in one.

Biography

Pony Bravo formed in Seville in 2006. After releasing various demos, their debut album, 'Si bajo de espalda no me da miedo (y otras historias)' made it into many of the best-of-the-year lists. They also won places under Best Song and Best Live Performance categories in magazines such as Go-Mag, Mondosonoro and Rockdelux (where readers chose 'El Rayo' as one of the best national songs of 2008).

Pony Bravo's main influences lie in 70s Andalucian rock, American blues and rock, Jamaican reggae and Ethiopian music from the 60s and 70s. One of the focal points for the band is their search for experimentation, humour and rhythm within a rock format. Their idea is to try and reveal the ancient ties which connect the blues with flamenco, African music with Andalucian music, and folk music with cowboy songs, thus establishing various analogies and contrasts: Rancho vs. Cortijo, Son House vs. Caracol, Captain Beefheart vs. Bambino, Nina Simone vs. Lole etc. These same ideas inspire the visual work of the group, made up of posters and collages by Daniel Alonso (the singer and keyboard player from the band).

Pony Bravo produced "Si bajo de espalda no me da miedo (y otras historias)" themselves. It was recorded by Raúl Pérez in Cortijo Troya (Palmar de Troya, Seville) in autumn 2007 and was completed in their recording studio, La Mina. The first edition was released by the Sevillian label, Monterrey in 2008. In 2009, Pony Bravo re-released (under Creative Commons licence) the second edition of the album on El Rancho - a label created by the members of the group in order to organize their future activities. Now, El Rancho has begun a new collaboration with Sones in order to work together in promoting Pony Bravo.

What the press say about them:

Pony Bravo: Sevillian Rock... what attracts our attention is the surprising way their sound takes nourishment from so many different sources - rock, blues, flamenco, reggae… mixing these up and shaping, with poetic ingenuity, the sweet musical and linguistic filling, sandwiched between Anglo-Saxon and Andalucian influences. It's an album so overflowing with surprises that it manages to surmount the much-valued bulwark of originality.
Salvador Catalán (Rockdelux, Julio'08)

Pony Bravo: Kraut-copla. "Si bajo de espalda no me da miedo" is a well-rounded, solid album: a happy exception in today's Spain of sad and mediocre indie music.
Vidal Romero (Go Magazine, Agosto'08)

"...one of the most stimulating albums to have appeared in a long time in this country."
Paco Camero, Rockdelux (271, Marzo’09)

Pony Bravo in the best-of-the-year lists:

GoMag: 'Si bajo de espalda no me da miedo...' was put in 7th place in the list of the year's best Spanish albums. Their concert in Art Brut in Madrid was also chosen among the best concerts of 2008.

Rockdelux nº271: The readers of this magazine chose 'El Rayo' as one of the best Spanish songs of 2008.

For Mondosonoro, Pony Bravo's album was the best Andalucian release of the year.

The Scanner FM team chose 'Si bajo de espalda no me da miedo...' as the 2nd best Spanish album of 2008. Their concert in Sidecar last December was placed as the 4th best concert of the year and 'El Pony Bravo' took the prize of being the best Spanish song of 2008.

"Si bajo de espalda no me da miedo" was the best Spanish album according to Blas Fernández from the Diario de Sevilla.

For Salvador Catalán (Rockdelux, La Voz de Cádiz), Pony Bravo's debut was among the best Spanish albums of 2008.

The magazine, Arto! included their album among the best of the year in its January edition.

Discography

'Si bajo de espalda no me da miedo y otras historias' LP (El Rancho, 2008)

Set List

El Rayo
I can See
Trinchera
El guarda forestal
El piloto automático
La niña de fuego
La voz del hacha
La rave de Dios
Lolita
Fingers
El campo frío