Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Newcastle band Pit Pony to find out more...
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Garth: We’re all from the various parts of the Northeast, from North Yorkshire up to Northumberland. We all live in Newcastle and either knew each other from playing in previous bands or through mutual friends.
Jackie: The name came from Potter and me hearing ‘Pit Pony’ by She Drew The Gun on our radio show one night.
AndrewJ: It links into our regional heritage too, something important for us.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Jackie: The Velvet Underground, Stooges, 60s Garage, Kinks, Kills and Duke Spirit.
Garth: Growing up for me it was everything 90s and Brit Pop mainly, now it can be pretty much anything.
AndrewJ: I was brought up on punk/post-punk but the Nuggets compilation album was a huge influence, however I didn’t start learning guitar until I first heard Dick Dale, I was just blown away by his sound! Now I’m a fan of everything from Ty Segall and Spacemen 3 to Four Tet and William Basinski - pretty eclectic!
Potter: Oh Sees, King Gizzard and The Lizzard Wizard and The Futureheads, mainly.
How would you describe your sound?
Garth: Loud, Fuzzy, Garagey but still tuneful and melodic.
Potter: Even when we’re really heavy ultimately I think our works still stand up as good songs.
AndrewJ: In terms of production, we’re a big fan of layers for that wall of sound.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Jackie: Lambs is about the tribulations of social media. About comparing your life with other people's lives and how it affects friendships. It's about the need to immediately know what someone else is doing and having an opinion on it. We all do it and it's no good for us, we're missing out on life busy trying to project ourselves in a digital way.
Garth: Music wise it was just born out of a chord progression that we liked.
AndrewJ: The verse is really quite menacing.
Potter: Jackie turned the chorus into something huge mind.
What’s your local music scene like?
AndrewJ: The North-East scene seems particularly thriving, and not just constrained to one genre. With everything from woozy-pop and metal to psychedelic rock and electronic-folk, there’s a niche for most tastes. My current favourites would be Pigs x7, The Dawdler, Me Lost Me and The Noise & The Naive.
Garth: It’s always strong but it does feel like it’s especially thriving at the minute with bands like Pigs x7 established on a national level, local royalty The Futureheads back in action and loads of young bands like Roxy Girls really making waves.
Potter: Venues like Pop Recs have really helped cultivate young talent which is great.
Jackie: Yeah as well as The Futureheads, artists such Nadine Shah, Roxy Girls, Noise & Naive and Swine Tax are doing great things.
Garth: Despite rivalries elsewhere when it comes to music there’s definitely a supportive and mutually appreciative relationship between Tyne and Wear.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Garth: We have more releases on the cards, in fact our next two singles are now pretty much finished.
AndrewJ: We’re just waiting for the masters and artwork to be done, but I’d love to get an album finished for next year.
Jackie: We have gigs lined up from October starting with Twisterella Festival in Middlesbrough and then dates around the country including London in January. Check our socials for more info!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Jackie: Not really? They say never meet your heroes and that’s true as I met one of my musical heroes once, and it wasn’t that pleasant.
AndrewJ: There’s a few producers I would love to work with (Pete Kember or Panda Bear) but honestly I love to collaborate with people, particularly when they’re outside your usual comfort zone. If anyone wants to do something and have a laugh, get in touch!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Garth: We did a single launch for Osaka in a 19th century wagonway / tunnel and the audience had to wear hard hats (as did we while setting up).
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
As long as they know where to listen to us, and how they can catch us live, we’re happy.