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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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As Saturday night technically became early Sunday morning, and with a full night of great music already swirling through the circuitry in my brain, I attempted to make one more show of support for the night. Dixie Witch were holding a CD Release Party for their new album, ‘Let It Roll’, at the Dirty Dog Bar on 6th Street, and The Impaler has been a supporter of this rowdy bunch of Texas misfits since their debut, ‘Into The Sun’, hit the mailorder catalogs back in 2001, so this was a no-brainer. Except… it was another early show. What’s going on here? Is it the cold weather? No matter. The Impaler arrived at the Dirty Dog just as a young, unassuming looking trio of lads from New Orleans were taking the stage. The band? PonyKiller. The night? Just got better. The Impaler? Oh, The Impaler will never be the same after this…. - The Impaler Speaks

Housecore Records artist Ponykiller has had a busy 2011; a full tour with the notorious supergroup Down, a full length debut release titled “The Wilderness,” and playing shows with artists like Jello Biaffra and performing at SXSW. But this year, Ponykiller had not playing as regularly. They transformed into a three-piece bringing the lineup to drummer Tim Nolan, vocalist and guitarist Collin Yeo, and newcomer bassist Mike Ledet. Tim says about Mike: “He makes up for the loss of two members in one. He’s hungry.” They also played in Jucifer’s former spot on the floor surrounded by their friends who had wanted to hear this new incarnation of an old favorite. But something changed with this lineup; the sound tonight is more aggressive, intense, and active then previous shows. The band seemed more comfortable, and had a great time re-inventing the songs they have forged into their own hybrid style of rock, surf, dark wave, psychedelic, post punk and beyond. The dramatic points really came to a crescendo of madness that provided an incredible juxtaposition for the more jam influenced interludes. It seems Ponykiller has grown and begun a new chapter in their sound and their abilities as writers. - metalunderground.com

The debut album for Housecore Records by this modern psychedelic outfit summons the late 1960's hippie culture, shaded by a modern glean, and strikes a harmonious chord amid the album cover art that at first glance may signify a Sci-Fi western featuring zombies as the outlaws. Maybe an old wine in new bottles thing, but the ensemble's rewarding factors lie within memorable comps. With a touch of progressive-rock amid haunting lyricism, the studio engineering processes embed or perhaps simulate a purist, analog-like soundstage. Featuring psychedelic and hard-rock guitar parts, climactic movements, and a touch of antiquity, the band also embraces the pop-rock spectrum.

"Howlee" is a piece that is reminiscent of vintage Jefferson Airplane fare, although this isn't to say that Ponykillers is a derivative outfit. With the dual guitar attack, the music frames the legendary Haight-Ashbury hippie muse with a touch of soul. And lead guitarist Ben Deffendall's medium-toned, distortion-tinged leads tender a yearning outlook, complementing vocalist Collin Yeo's choruses of "I feel love, like hell." However, the rhythm section's hard-hitting rock groove is offset with staggered flows and a beefy presence, leading to Yeo's spirited refrains and portentous emotive characteristics, engineered with melodic overtones.

One can envision a trippy light-show to accompany a live performance, but Ponykiller's mode of operations is to some degree a bit more refined and not framed on the typical rawness, evidenced in early jam-based psychedelia. Ultimately, the group's upbeat presence is veiled with an appealing mix of dark and luminous colors, hammering pulses, and a congenial format that yields additional rewards on subsequent listens. - jazzreview.com


The Wilderness



Upon living in and venturing around many places in North America, Collin Yeo eventually ended up in New Orleans. He started PonyKiller around 2008. After various line-up changes, Tim Nolan, who shares a very similar nomadic background as Yeo, solidified his spot as drummer and percussionist. A couple of years and one major US tour with Down later, Michael Ledet, a New Orleans native, joined the band to round out the collaborative newly reformed power trio. PonyKiller's vast array of influences range from The Police to Erik Satie to Darkthrone to the Pixies to Hendrix... the list can go on and on.