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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Band To Burn One To (Evening Buzz): Poney

Today's Evening Buzz edition of "New Band To Burn One To" features Poney.


Featuring psychedelic ghost ship grooves, riffs that thrash like hungry sea serpents, and drumming as thunderous as an Antarctic storm, Poney commands your attention. In 2005 Poney assembled in Wausau, Wisconsin's fertile hardcore community. The band is led by front-man, vocalist, and drummer, Ben Brooks, who has been involved with a range of projects including  Uncle Bob Drives a Combine, The Dead Hookers (Dead Beat Records,) and the currently active powerhouse, Romero (GRINDCORE KARAOKE  RECORDS.) The squad is completed by Brad Beilke and Scott Miller on guitar, Tyler Spatz on the bass, and Pat Kohlbeck as auxiliary percussionist and audio landscaper.

After their formation in 2005, they quickly put together a four song  demo, self released in early 2006. In 2007, the band released 2010-2015: The Explosion Years which integrated hardcore, prog-metal and southern rock before their stark reinvention on 2010's Seamyth.  With equal parts rage, wit and crust, this innovative album is a megalith of progressive hardcore, influenced by and similar to barn burning acts like BLACK SABBATH, CAVE IN, MASTODON, and THE MARS VOLTA. Entirely dedicated and contextually significant to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 1798 epic masterpiece, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” Seamyth grabs its listeners and does not let go.

Poney has toured the Midwest mercilessly since their inception in 2005, producing shows that conflagrate audiences into throbbing mobs, setting the stage aflame with reputable ensembles including Rosetta, Century, Heavyheavylowlow, Mose Giganticus, and After the Burial. In March of 2011 the group set to the road, hitting the entire Northwestern United States in support of Seamyth, and receiving positive reviews from crusty fans everywhere. The band is set to record a new full length during the summer of 2011.

Determined in purpose and execution, Poney's thirst for excavating the most killer and calculated depths of hardcore rock n' roll cannot be slaked.

Combining razor sharp riffing, tribalistic drumbeats, and scream your head of yells (there are clean vocals as well) provide an epic soundscape as the musical companion to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." The band relies on a key riff then swirls around it with hardcore anger and experimental aptitude while dabbling with a bit of psychedelia. Overall, Seamyth is fairly gritty and hardcore with just enough stoner rock thrown in to keep the potheads from falling asleep. Check out album closer "The Maelstrom", 15+ minutes that shows the band's diversity, complexities and stellar musicianship.

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