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Photo Recap: Dangerous Ponies EP Release Show w/Starlight Girls, Desert Noises & Slutever

- by John Clements


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April 2013
Dangerous Ponies
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Dangerous Ponies’ latest release, a four-song EP entitled Tenderheart, emphatically meets the expectations of their fans. Tenderheart is a systematic combination of fresh rocking, dance-inspiring, indie pop led by the supreme vocals of Chrissy Tashjian and the band’s innate ability to construct and balance complex musical compositions, stacking tight layers of sound, with the help of producer Joe Reinhart, while retaining a clean crispness.

The EP’s title track sets the standard. A guitar riff assisted by some light smacking percussion and a subtly twinkling keyboard anchors the stage before the song kicks into high gear. As the powerful fuzzed-out combination of drums, bass and volatile guitar pushes forward, Tashjian finds a natural place for her voice and lyrics - “You got a lot of ghost/You got to let them all out.” While the percussion and vocals are aligned in the center, the guitar work weaves from side to side, stretching out on a little run before briefly falling back to the original vocal/drum/keyboard combination, reemerging in a blistering fuzzed-out explosion that’s completed by warning micro chant “Watch Out!”

Seamlessly leading into “Sparks,” rumbling drums and claps form a base, but the song takes an unexpected route when a bright choir-esque vocal teams up with Tashjian’s lead, developing an airiness before yet another transition - one from keys into guitar. A chunky bass/guitar groove thrusts into a dual laser beam guitar riff.

“California” is a microcosm of the band’s ability to blend an array of styles into a dense rich package. What begins as a poppy vocal song using a twangy guitar and a snap/pop driving percussive backdrop quickly changes shape morphing into a fuzzed-out guitar lick; then turning into a pulsing bass/key scenario nod to The Clash. Finally, the two-worlds meet as a twangy/fuzz guitars rip through, and the song comes full circle closing out with a polished choral/lead vocal marriage.

Tenderheart rounds itself out with anthemic “Dogfite.” Similar to its predecessors, the closing track shape-shifts as it moves. Beginning at a precise jogging pace that puts emphasis on the groove, but after coasting down the road, it speeds up merging into a raunchy fuzz-guitar explosion, and then steps back with as a slick lick and drum beat creating a path for Tashjian to lament, “Everything in you, is in me too/the nature of us we are so free.” And as the full instrumental artillery reemerges, the rest of the band’s wails of “Are we strong enough?” go head to head with the lead vocals, providing the song and Tenderheart, as a whole, with a dynamic and powerful ending.

Dangerous Ponies have found a way to craft music that streamlines genres, proving that if the individual pieces know how to come together, the final product, even in just four songs, can truly stretch the boundaries. - Michael Colavita

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Weekend Warrior, March 29 - 31

The good vibes will be flowing into MilkBoy Philly tonight for Dangerous Ponies’ EP Release Party. If you checked out our interview yesterday with frontwoman Chrissy Tishjian (which you can read HERE), then you should already know how excited the band is about this evening, as they get ready to unleash some new tunes for your listening pleasure. They’ll also be joined by bratty garage duo Slutever as well as Brooklyn psych-pop gals Starlight Girls and Provo, UT pop outfit Desert Noises. Come out and take in the sweet sounds of spring! MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 9:30pm, $8, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

 
Other things to keep you entertained while the weather starts to get better…
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Deciderata, Vett X
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI DRGN King, Low Cut Connie
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT (Downstairs) Clamfight, (Upstairs) Pterofractyl, Exploding World, Left of Logic
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) SAT Lux Perpetua, Eric Slick
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Alo Brasil
 
Union Transfer (1024 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Damage, DJ Aktive
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Autism Speaks Benefit w/Sanctuary, Jesus' Older Borther, Hijack, Anxiety Drive, SAT The Steve Cal Band, Dressed Like Stolen Cars
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Loyal & Lazlo Album Release Party w/Rich Quick, CAPO, Burke The Jurke, SAT Commonwealth Choir, Hayley & The Fragile Hearts, Earl, SUN The Hellstroms, Mean Streets, LE YIKES Surf Club
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Skeleton Frames, Your Gentlemen, SAT Johnny Popcorn Feat. Hezekiah
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT (Early) Anjuli Josephine, Infinien, (Late) Graham Alexander
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Lyrically Fit w/Jawnzap, Mr. Fickle, Royce Castro, Rich Raw & More, SAT Bring The Fury Fest w/One Year Later, Kaonashi, Path of Motion, After The Glory, Subterfuge, Orpheus Sets Fire, A Foxdale Death, Ghosts and Andriods, Forever is Never Enough
 
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) SAT Flux Capacitor
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI (Early) John Train, (Late) Sunshine Superman, SAT Keystone Mountain Boys, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) 61 North, East of the West, Casey Alvarez, (Downstairs) Philly Bloco CD Release Dance Party
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI John & Brittany, The Way Home, Venice Sunlight, SAT Give Me Gravity, Yeah Son!, The Lux, DeSoto Rust, Local Dub, Assayer, Seraph in Travail, Frost Giant, SUN A Minor Error
 
Rebel Rock Bar (100 Spring Garden St.) FRI Juliet's Vice, Release
 
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) FRI The Raggamuffins, SAT Natural Selection, SUN Antique Matter
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Salvation, SUN Paint It Black EP Release Show w/Congenital Death, Bad Side
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Port Arthur, Traffic Nightmare, Store Cats, Carnival Bomb, SAT The Wayside Shakeup, Magnificent Birds of Prey
 
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford St.) SAT Plow United Album Release Show w/The Holy Mess, Nona, Ma Jolie
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI 58 Fury, Smarty Pants, The Gazettes, The Mikey Potato Band, SAT The Violet Tone, Skeleton Frames, Sonoma Sound, Scott Paynter & The Love Brokers
 
The El Bar (1356 N. Front St.) SUN Watery Love and Spacin’
 
Motel Hell (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more info.) FRI Relatives
 
The Farm (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more info.) FRI Plague Dogs, Repellers, Alement
 
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more info.) FRI Kate Ferencz, Snow Caps, Yianni Kourmadas
 
House of Hayes (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more info.) FRI Charmaine's Names, Meghan's TV, Rexedog
 
Wahh Manor (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more info.) SAT Grower
 
Snyder House (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more info.) FRI Placeholder, Eyes Wide
 
Maggot House (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more info.) SAT Brown Rainbow, Mariah Welch, The Cholly Mellons, Brittany Ann
 
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Where Is My Mind?: Dangerous Ponies’ Chrissy Tashjian

After pulling back from the brink of breaking up, Dangerous Ponies have returned, refreshed with a wonderful new EP Tenderheart. The band just went on the first part of their current extensive tour, which included a stop at SXSW, and they are getting ready to head out on its second leg in support of their new album. But first, they’ll be celebrating the release of Tenderheart tomorrow night at MilkBoy Philly with family, friends, fans, freshly pressed 7” vinyl records and new bassist Andy Black (formerly of Nicos Gun). We had chance to catch up with Dangerous Ponies frontwoman Chrissy Tashjian to discuss the band’s trials and tribulations since the release of their self-titled LP and what’s in store for the future of one of our favorite indie pop outfits. You can read what she had to say HERE.

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Where Is My Mind?: Dangerous Ponies' Chrissy Tashjian

- by Q.D. Tran
 

 
After pulling back from the brink of breaking up, Dangerous Ponieshave returned, refreshed with a wonderful new EP Tenderheart. The band just went on the first part of their current extensive tour, which included a stop at SXSW, and they are getting ready to head out its second leg in support of their new album. But first, they’ll be celebrating the release of Tenderheart tomorrow night at MilkBoy Philly with family, friends, fans, freshly pressed 7” vinyl records and new bassist Andy Black (formerly of Nicos Gun). We had chance to catch up with Dangerous Ponies frontwoman Chrissy Tashjian to discuss the band’s trials and tribulations since the release of their self-titled LP and what’s in store for the future of one of our favorite indie pop outfits. You can read what she had to say below.
 
The Deli: Why did you name the new EP Tenderheart?
 
Chrissy Tashjian: It was Sarah’s idea to name the EP Tenderheart. It’s almost kind of a reminder… the world is such a fucked up, scary place… it’s really hard to put yourself out there, and remain open. However… I find that even if it’s hard or painful, life/experiences/projects and daily existence can be much more rewarding if I can really try to be vulnerable. 
 
TD: How do you feel this release is different from your past ones?
 
CT: Well… first of all, I think we have grown a lot as people and writers. We really took a lot more time to pick the songs apart and put them back together. In the past, we did all of the engineering/mixing ourselves. This time, Kyle helped with a lot of the logistical aspects/editing; however, the record was produced by Joe Reinhart at The Headroom.
 
TD: What obstacles did you experience while recording this album, and what did you learn from them?
 
CT: I think we learned that no matter what, we never allow ourselves enough time :). We always seem to be just getting everything finished right before the deadline. I think we also learned that having everything be entirely democratic is near impossible. It was really nice to have a fairly objective party involved (Joe).
 
TD: Why did it take you so long to release a follow-up to your self-titled LP?
 
CT: So many reasons… after our 2 month-long self-titled release tour, we almost broke up. We decided to really scale back, and take it slow for a while. Our music/song writing was evolving and developing into something pretty different. Mikey moved to New England for a minute so he was commuting back for rehearsals. Sarah and I moved to the country last season to farm, so we actually ended up writing a lot of these songs in our barn. It was an intense and trying period of time. 
 
TD: What are your plans for future releases?
 
CT: When we went in to the studio, we actually tracked 13 songs. We focused on 4 for the 7”, but we have another 9 songs that are still being finished for our upcoming full-length, as well as a host of other song possibilities that we are working on. We are going to be spending the summer working with Joe, really finishing a full-length that so far I couldn’t be more excited to share. I’m so excited to share those new songs.
 
TD: You performed at your first CMJ this past October, and made the trek this year to SXSW again. How were those experiences? Would you do them again?
 
CT: Both CMJ and SXSW are fun, but daunting. It’s a super blast to run all over and play tons of shows in a very short period of time and meet tons of people that are also on their hustle, doing what you do. The experiences can be super overwhelming because of the sheer volume of music/people/bands you encounter. It’s like hyper saturation. 
 
TD: Did you come across any new acts that you are really into now? If so, who are they, and what are they like?
 
CT: OH EM GEEEEE, Oaklands Religious Girls are IIIINCREDIBLE (they are actually playing KFN TONIGHT). I haven’t seen a live show like that before. It was outstanding. Also we played with a band in Nashville called How Cozy that I think we all just totally fell in love with.
 
TD: This is a pretty long tour that you are currently on. How is it going?
 
CT: It’s going really well. Like I said, SXSW is really saturated, so is touring all of the cities remotely close to it, so it could be a little rough. However, we toured back with our buddies Norwegian Arms, and they are actually the best dudes so that was a blast. We actually did two weeks to SXSW and back. We are back chillin’ in Philly for a week. We have our release show in Philly, and then our following support tour. The vinyl didn’t get here till today so I’m super looking forward to having the actual 7” instead of just the download cards :).
 
TD: What are the best cities and venues that you’ve performed at on this tour, and why?
 
CT: Jeff Blinder throws a festival in Greenville, NC every year called SPAZZFEST, and that was actually a SUPER blast. It was packed; the folks where rad; people danced. It was super fun. My other favorite show was in Athens at Farm 255, this really rad Farm to table restaurant. They have shows in at night. It was amazing.
 
TD: What are your least favorite things about going on tour?
 
CT: How bad people can smell. How hard it is to get good/healthy/affordable food on the go.
 
TD: Have you found a permanent bassist yet?
 
CT: WE HAVE AND WE ARE SO THRILLED AND WE LIKE HIM SO MUCH!!! His Name is Andy Black, and he is for sure a bass wizard. 
 
TD: What are you most excited about for this Friday’s show?
 
I’m just so so excited. I’m excited to see people that I haven’t seen in a minute because I was recording non-stop, then on tour. I’m super stoked to see all the bands that are playing. It should be a blast.  

 

 

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