New Young Pony Club | s/t EP (Modular)

cd_ponyclubJerk-funk candy fantasias with a dollop of homoeroticism






"I can give you what you want," from the hit single "Ice Cream" on the New Young Pony Club's self-titled EP, catapulted founding members Andy (guitar) and Tahita (vocals) into the spotlight, where they quickly realized that forming a whole band would be much more advantageous to their futures. Grabbing members Lou (keyboards), Sarah (drums), and Ukrainian Igor (bass), the two did just that, and managed to create some of the more infectious electronic music to come out of the overseas market.

Citing punk and disco influences and sounding like a mix of LCD Soundsystem, the Klaxons, and Hot Chip, the New Young Pony Club hits listeners with this six-track EP made up of songs, "Ice Cream" and its three remixes, "Get Dancey," and "Descend." Each track is a blend of pared-down beats, deadpan lyrics, and heavy tensions that meld into a strangely danceable, yet simple kind of sound. Already a runaway success in England, the band has managed to score an Intel Core 2 Duo commercial as well as rotation on MTV2. No doubt their swift ascent might prove a wave-maker once Stateside audiences latch on to these "new rave" (har, har) beats.

However, before they join the hallowed halls of dance-punk electropop stylists like the Faint and the Gossip, the New Young Pony Club might have to work on their range of beats. Not particularly varied, this EP will probably leave fans wondering where the energy is and how to reconcile their crumptastic dance desires with these robot-like rhythms. While the deadpan sound is a catchy tactic, it may also prove to be the band's downfall if they don't find a way to offer a more varied sound. For the New Young Pony Club, this could mean the difference between opening for a band and headlining.

So much of the band's sound seems to be trying to get to that place, wherever it may be; unfortunately for the most part, they fall short, plateauing where listeners are the most hungry for an explosive outburst. Definitely a bleak sign, one hopes that the New Young Pony Club will be able to pull it all together, or at least experience an evolution in sound, one that might carry them into heavier rotations and higher onto charts with American audiences.

As far as packaging goes, the CD comes in a basic black flipcase with a photograph on the cover of the band's name and a silhouette of a pony stitched in multi-colored thread. Inside, the CD holder's liner art is an abstract of colorful geometric construction paper and scribbles to MySpace and graphic design websites. What perhaps is most remarkable about the album is its potential. All of the factors for success seem to be jumbled about the songs, and if the band can get them all aligned, listeners might just be hearing much more from the New Young Pony Club in the future. B- | James Nokes

RIYL: The Faint, The Gossip

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