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Ponychase

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
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07
Ponychase @ The Basement

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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"Show Review 1/31/14"

Ponychase opened the evening, continuing to deliver endless reasons to love them. Sonically, their music projects the feeling of lucid dreaming, a state in which psychology tells us can be used to explore the boundaries of self-realization and the limits of the universe. The fortunate tightly packed audience received a listening party preview of the band’s upcoming debut LP, Parade Of Youth, out March 4. “We’re mostly playing songs off our brand new record that will be available here on March 7 (their album release party),” said lead singer and songwriter Jordan Caress. When she isn’t busy serving up lattes and good vibes at Portland Brew East, she makes organic and effortlessly hip synth pop with her brother Alex (keys), EG Cameron (guitar) and Brian Siskind (electronic drummer / co-producer of Caress’ 2008 EP).

“It’s getting close to my bed time,” she said mid-set. “That’s not rock n’ roll at all” she and her brother agreed. But Ponychase isn’t a rock n’ roll entity and they don’t need to be. Their music is a passage to reverie, a liberation from the crippling stress of reality and we happily fall under the spell of their Vanilla Sky.

It’s not just their sound that evokes escapism, it’s in their lyrics as well. The highlight of the night came during the title track. Caress sang, “All alone we sit in our homes / Writing music and books while thousands are working / tirelessly so the weak can be free / Oh, to have some real use / Oh, to be, oh, to be something” - No Country for New Nashville


"Ponychase – Ponychase (EP) (self-released)"

Ponychase – Ponychase (EP) (self-released)
January 22, 2013

When you think of Nashville chances are that post-punk and synth-pop don’t spring to mind. On their debut self-titled 6-song mini-album, Nashville quartet Ponychase set out to change that.

The name Ponychase was the pseudonym given to a series of home demos recorded by Jordan Caress. A quick Google search of her name will show that prior to Ponychase, Caress had been associated with a number of country, folk, and rock projects including Americana band, Korean Is Asian. Through a serendipitous meeting Caress found Beth Cameron (singer/songwriter and guitarist) formerly of beloved Nashville rock band Forget Cassettes. The two exchanged demos with Cameron signing up soon after. Jordan then enlisted her brother Alex Caress to play synths and electronic drummer Brian Sinskind, thus Ponychase was born.

While a full-length album featuring the full band is due later this year, those original demos form what is Ponychase’s debut release, which gratefully came to our attention thanks to its mention in a recent Rough Trade newsletter.

From the opening notes of “Cup of Hearts”, the listener is lured in by its warm atmospheric synths, SDS 5 electronic drums, and lush and breathy vocals, which combine to forms a sound that harkens straight back to the early eighties. Its hooks are immediate, its chorus sublime, and mood evocative. Like a cross between Cocteau Twins and Beach House, “Cup of Hearts” is a mesmerising and stunning pop number of the highest calibre.

More experimental in arrangement, “Two Times” continues with the lush atmospheric Cocteau Twins-like template, at times sounding uncannily like Elizabeth Fraser. The uptempo “It’s A Curse” follows and is characterized by chorus-driven guitar lines, ethereal double-tracked vocals, and layered by danceable synth rhythms. A brilliant track, which boasts melodies not unlike that of HAIM, which shouldn’t really come as a surprise since both bands have a mutual admiration for 80's pop. On that note, Ponychase certainly deserve the level of acclaim that the aforementioned buzz band are currently enjoying.

Nashville is of course home to world-class singer-songwriters and on their debut release Ponychase clearly exhibit their appreciation of and talent for great songwriting. However, they also demonstrate that while they’re able to create pop hooks aplenty, their songs have style and substance as shown in ”Bad Seed”, a dark and moody pop track that shows signs of Caress’ country/folk roots in its melody, and the emotive closing track “Brainwasher”.

“Believer” is another stunning uptempo number that invokes Stevie Nicks with a dash of melancholy; an absolute tour de force, which along with opening track “Cup of Hearts”, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better synth-pop track all year.

A stunning introduction to this exciting new band, the self-titled mini-album from Ponychase was released back on 8 November, 2012 and is available digitally via the Ponychase Bandcamp. The EP was also released in the U.K. earlier this month on 10? vinyl with hand-cut sleeves, limited to just 200 units. - Sound Advice


"Best New Band of 2012"

BEST NEW BAND: PONYCHASE
Whether they know it yet or not, local fans of golden-calf New Wave notables like The Cure, Kate Bush and The Cocteau Twins have a new favorite band: Ponychase. Led by local-rock luminaries Jordan Caress and Beth Cameron, these post-punk revivalists deftly indulge dream-pop fixations with pitch-perfect precision, songwriting chops and otherworldly sonics to match. With any luck, the band unleashes a full-length debut in 2013 and claims a Best Local Release BON. —ADAM GOLD

- Nashville Scene


Discography

Self Titled EP -  2012
Parade of Youth - 2014

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In the beginning, Ponychase was the pseudonym under which Jordan Caress recorded a series of home demos. These demos didn't quite fit into what had come to be associated with her name based on her work with Americana band Korean is Asian, or an acoustic, ambient solo record. She wondered if she could even find like-minded musicians in Nashville to help her bring this dreamy, earnest synth pop to life. She serendipitously met Beth Cameron, of the beloved Nashville band
Forget Cassettes, who had just returned to Nashville after a brief stint in Chicago. After an exchange of demos and favorite records, Cameron, a talented singer/songwriter and guitarist, was on board. Jordan enlisted her talented brother, Alex Caress, to play synths, and electronic drummer Brian Siskind (co-producer of Caress's 2008 EP), thus creating a foursome bound by blood and a long musical history.

The band's debut LP, Parade of Youth, is set for release on March 4th, 2014.

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