Originally posted on Emerge Magazine:
Bad Pony set to play at Australian Music Week festival
If you’re not too familiar with Bad Pony or their music you’re in for a massive treat if you hit up Australian Music Week this month. The five-piece indie rock group from Sydney has been on the scene since 2012 and gathered impressive accolades like RAW Australian Musicians of the Year in 2013. We caught up with front man Jarred Young about the band’s involvement with the new festival and their new EP, Limbo.
“SAM AND I HAVE BEEN TO BIGSOUND IN BRISBANE THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS AND HAD AN ABSOLUTE BALL. AMW SEEMS TO BE A SIMILAR SET UP TO THAT, BUT CLOSER TO HOME AND WITH MORE LOCAL ACTS. IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT TIME AND A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US AND THE NSW MUSIC INDUSTRY IN GENERAL,” SAYS YOUNG.
Australian Music Week is about exhibiting Australia’s upcoming talent and networking, which Young says the band is thrilled to be a part of it. “They’re great opportunities to showcase to a large audience of typically strangers. And it’s a good place to meet like-minded people. I think it’s also important for bands new or established to support new festivals or new music related endeavours.”
As founders and original members of Bad Pony, Young says he and Sam Thomlinson know what it’s like struggling for that first music break. “We’ve all been doing music for a fair while now, I think it’s getting easier as we’ve done the rounds before and now know what we’re doing and have made friends within the music community.”
The group’s debut EP, Limbo is a dynamic serve up of vintage indie rock, where impassioned melodies meet a refreshing approach to the quintet’s songwriting. Young reveals that the songs and title of the EP all have a theme of uncertainty running throughout, which can be taken as both the melancholy notion of being in limbo, or the jubilant fun you have playing party game, ‘Limbo’. In other words, it’s basically whatever you want it to be.
“Limbo was written over a period of two to three years, so the EP itself contains the evolution. In saying that, we’re constantly evolving. There’s some darker, rockier stuff we’re writing and some soul-influenced stuff creeping in. We’re really all over the place.”
White Russian in particular deserves an honourable mention. The buoyant pop anthem with a latin inspired rhythm, will have even the most begrudging dancer on their feet. Young’s unique drummer-less set up of mismatched cymbals and drums, is the driving force of most tracks on the record. The band is also well known for their honest lyricism, which Young happens to write. “Lyric writing comes fairly easy to me when I’m feeling super passionate about a certain topic or an event that’s happened. Luckily, all of the songs on Limbo come from a place of passion so none of them were too taxing.”
Their initial idea of trying to fit into the folky-acoustic pocket of the music industry, failed when the boys discovered their unique blend of sounds couldn’t be cramped into a particular genre. “We tend not to confine ourselves to one specific genre and just let out whatever comes to us. I think you can hear the mix of sounds on the EP and the next two singles we have coming out will be very different too,” says Young.
So what can you expect from Bad Pony if you catch them live at AMW? “Smiles, sweat, drums, dancing, sweat and smiles.”
“It’s not really a matter of putting in the energy or enthusiasm, we love the shit out of it so it comes naturally. It helps that we love the shit out of each other as well.”
Story by Nizza Munoz