Monday, Dec. 13
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Chop Suey Monday, Dec. 13
Pony Time, The Stickers, Redwood Plan
Monday, Dec. 13
Pony Time is a year-old Seattle duo that trades in garage-inflected, early '60s pop, delivered by contemporary punks. It's a melodic cocktail that has been picking up steam in town over the last year, popping up in Tomten -- which plays a CD-release show at Chop Suey tonight -- the city's favorite milkshake-rock act, Witch Gardens, and Hardly Art Records' La Sera.
Pony Time throws the genre a curve by making it with a boy-girl duo (nothing shocking about that) that is driven not by a six-string guitar but by a four-string bass played by vocalist Luke Beetham. Delivered from the the low register, the deeply fuzzy tones serve as sheets of drone in support of Beetham's high-pitched, B-52s-inspired vocals.
Drummer Stacy Peck, formerly of the Telepathic Liberation Army, hits the drums like the White Stripes' Meg White, a comparison that says nothing about the fact that this is another boy-girl duo popularized by the Whites, and everything about Peck's tasteful, testosterone-free style of playing that comes from the heart, that's not note perfect, but is perfectly suited for the music.
On stage they are deliberately rough and off the cuff. With two people, that's easy to manage, and there's not pretense or sense of anything being polished.
Now, here are a few things about Pony Time we learned just last night:
Beetham owns his own electric company called Luke Electric. "I kind of want to be Seattle's punk-rock electrician," Beetham said over a post-show cigarette. "I try to keep the two separate, 'cause we do work for some regular folks. Some people aren't so keen on (punk rock)."
Pony Time owns a 1989 Ford Fairmont named Julius. They bought it for $600 on Craigslist and brought it on their week-long tour to northern California because it was about half the price of renting a van. It made the 1,400-mile trip, but now is in the shop.
The duo has no interest in adding a third member. "I guess we just want to keep it as a two piece so we can keep all the cash," Beetham says.
Beetham used to play in Seattle band Fried Pony. But there wasn't room in his life for two pony bands so Fried Pony changed its name to Tax & Leisure Corp., a similarly-styled group in which Beetham plays guitar.
Pony Time heads back into the studio in two weeks to record the followup to their debut, Pony Time Can Drink 100 Wine Coolers, out on cassette via Don't Stop Believin' Records. In April, they're planning to head to Europe to tour with some friends in France.
Their next show is a the Funhouse on Christmas Eve. Beetham is optimistic about the night. "If you're coming out on Christmas Eve, you don't give a fuck what you do the next day." As of yet, Beetham has not figured out his own plans for Christmas day. "Sleep in?"
Overheard In the Crowd: "Look, hipster pirate!" said by a member of the crowds during the Stickers' set after a bout of ironic moshing cost one fan a lens out of his Faux Bans.
Speaking of Stickers: Band berch included tapes, 7-inch records, and ... raccoon tails. Each member of the trio affixed a tail to their instrument or outfit during their set.
BTW: Redwood plan frontwoman Lesli Wood had no idea it was Monday night. There were only a couple dozen people in the room for her band's set, but Wood moved and sang like it was a Saturday, the house was full, and the liquor was free.