New Young Pony Club

This makes for a refreshing change, making it to the venue at a reasonable time and finding the first of the two support acts already mid set. By no means was it planned to miss any of the bands, I just find waiting around for the first act can sometimes be a rather tedious affair. Anyway enough of my tale of woe it’s time to move on.

Teeth

The trio on stage are creating some serious noise. Verging closely on the variety that causes ears to bleed. The type of volume that’s leaves you with that fuzzy tinnitus feeling three days after gig. The crazy thing though, the music they’re playing can be listened to. It seems such a rare combination being able to listen to a loud experimental electronic punk band and actually enjoy it. They were definitely punk, raw, loose, loud. They were selling a well designed T-shirt so feeling charitable I donated my £15 to the fund helping sustain their food budget for the rest of the tour. It was only when I spoke to the drummer did I catch the name T3eth.

Is Tropical

Once T3eth had finished dismantling their equipment, a new set of roadies took over. It wasn’t until Is Tropical machine gunned there way by means of a start to their first number did I realize that the roadies was actually the band. Their sound is a trifleworld apart from T3eth’s. Whereas T3eth are brutal in their sonic delivery, Is Tropical turn things down a little. It’s electronic in an unfussy, uncomplicated form. Instantly recognisable as something with a groove you can dance along too. The most brutal aspect of the band has to be their image. If you were female, hated your parents and wanted to cause more than a trifle mayhem you’d happily introduce them to your parents.

Is Tropical

The trio of bandana covered faces look like the type of guys you’d not only cross the street to avoid but maybe run to the next county. During their set I picked out elements of Vampire Weekend and even ‘Oh When the Saints’ they’re definitely a band I’d want to check out again. Stage presence aside, the music they play has a groove you can easily associate with. Backed up by a ripping baseline deep and heavy enough to remove the lining from your stomach. Savage!

New Young Pony Club

In 2006, the world of multi-media advertising world featured a seemingly relentless bombardment of adverts for new home computing technologies. One advert in particular stood out more than most. Not because of the product or the artistic direction. The song used was incredibly catchy and soon became associated with PC’s and more importantly the Intel Duo Core processors contained within. The track ‘Ice Cream’ was laid down by the then unknown New Young Pony Club. A few years down the line NYPC have just released their second album and have taken it on the road. So to speak…

New Young Pony Club

If this was Mastermind NYPC’s specialist subject would be ‘Music you can dance to and sing along with. Such a simple but seemingly strange unusual concept. Tahita Bulmer is a front lady with a voice that comes alive when heard live. The flatness of her tone hides any possible preconceptions that she can’t sing. She can and she has the stage presence to back it up. Dressed in a be-winged Satin number she can look fierce, look cute, and for the most part look as though butter would freeze in her mouth. Whilst Tahita has the highest visual stage presence.

New Young Pony Club

Sarah Jones tucked away rear stage hidden behind her drum kit is simply a revelation. Boy can she drum! She’s not the hardest pounder in the world by any means but she can hold a rhythm and play a groove like the best of them. She makes drumming look so effortless and could almost be described as being slightly aloof when sat behind her weapons of choice. I’d love to know what input Sarah has when NYPC write new tracks. Her skills were best heard on ‘Stone’ and ‘Hiding On The Staircase’. The way she plays is faultless. By the time the gig finishes she doesn’t even look to have broken a sweat. Watching Sarah play I couldn’t help but wonder why Jack White didn’t look just that little bit further when looking for a drummer?

New Young Pony Club

Whilst their music was tight, Actually that’s a slight disservice, the set they played to my ears was faultless. Especially when you consider they’d barely played most of the tracks in front of a live audience before. I did have issues during the show, some they could control, and some they couldn’t. Lighting? Where was it? Quite possibly some of the worst I’ve ever seen. Apart from the presence of the band on stage there was virtually no visual stimulation. How much control NYPC had over lighting I’ve no idea. All three bands suffered the same problem, if the pictures look crap don’t blame the shooter, blame the lighting engineer. My second issue and one the band could control was the audience. Up until ‘Dress’ the crowd was worryingly quiet between tracks. By quiet I mean pin drop silence. To be on stage must have been horrible. Undeterred, Tahita kept her cool and the crowd was eventually one over. After ‘Stone’ finished the mic was forced upon the crowd and a demand for the “smile-o-meter to be increased” was requested. It did the trick, each subsequent song finished with a wholly deserved audience reaction.

New Young Pony Club

There’s no way I could fault any of the set performed by NYPC tonight. It was their older more recognisable songs that drew the biggest crowd response. But by a country mile it’s their new material that had the most profound effect. Although it’s pretty much brand new to most of the audiences ears. The giant step forward the bands taken isn’t only needed, it’s re-appointed them as the band you can dance to and sing along to. Only this time you need to know the words and practice the moves.

Set List
Chaos
Get Lucky
Hiding On The Staircase
The Optimist
Lost a Girl
Dolls
Stone
Dress
Ice Cream
Tight Fit
We Want To
The Bomb

Encore
The Get Go

Words by Lee Hathaway
Photos by Wayne Fox

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