Electro-Indie sensation New Young Pony Club wound up their UK tour at Wrexham’s cool new venue – Central Station on Tuesday. Charlie Whitworth caught up with guitarist Andy Spence ahead of the big finale…
WREXHAM’S CENTRAL Station is a small but fun venue, so it seemed fitting that I interviewed New Young Pony Club’s Andy Spence there before the last gig of their UK tour – as fun seems to be the ethos of the London’s cult band.
Electro-Indie seems to be growing in popularity in the UK, Spence however feels the term can be misleading; “It’s pretty vague, we just see ourselves as a pop band that has a bit of an edge – and obviously more of an electronic influence,”
New Young Pony Club or NYPC as they are more affectionately known by many of their fans certainly seem to have the air of a band who simply want to make people dance and have fun.
“It’s definitely one of our aims. We are just trying to touch peoples minds, hearts and souls and make them want to sing and dance. We are trying to get a good mix that will appeal to both the young and the old – I think that so far we have achieved that” added Spence who was looking pretty good considering it was the last concert of an arduous tour which had seen them play at Leeds’ Cockpit just the night before.
“Sex is everywhere
When asked about the ‘New Rave’ tag which has been dismissed and even annoyed many bands in the genre, Andy was light-hearted in his response but was quick to agree.
“We didn’t really mind as we had a great time on the tour with the other supposed ‘New Rave’ bands. It was just a bit of a joke really that happened to stick and they managed to cement it into a package. You just have to have a laugh with these things really!”
New Young Pony Club, who are so-named due to lead singer Tahita Bulmer’s desire to be in a school club or society, have toured extensively since they formed in 2004 and Andy believes they have got better with every gig.
“Yeah, we have learnt a hell of a lot in the last two years and we are obviously a better band for it. My brother, who came to a lot of the early gigs, came to Leeds the other day and he couldn’t believe who much tighter we were as a group. It’s a better level now and we are playing far longer sets too – with bigger banging tunes. The NME tour was just great.”
So, the last two years has now culminated in New Young Pony Club gathering cult status in the UK for their unique style and melodic tunes and will see them embark on their tour of the US and Canada very soon. Spence believed there have been many highlights but one that stands out for him is being recognised by a DJ in Ibiza.
“It was great. We were at Pacha in Ibiza and someone said that Armand Van Helden wanted to see us. He just said that he really liked our work and was keen to meet us. You know any kind of compliment from one of the world’s biggest ever DJ’s is always going to be pleasing. Van Helden just keeps coming back from the dead with quality tunes,”
Many of New Young Pony Club’s tunes seem to be sexually charged but is there another level to their songs?
“Sex is everywhere and at the end of the day everyone thinks getting it on is fun! That is what our music is about – having fun. Having said that yeah, our tunes are deeper than that if you listen to the lyrics. Hiding on the Staircase for example is about parents arguing – there a messages there in our music if you listen to the lyrics,”
So, New Young Pony Club look set to find worldwide acclaim for their instantly dance-inducing tunes and fun lyrics and their attitude should see their fans come back for more. Spence was keen emphasise that this is just the beginning.
“We’ll be back! The Album is out soon and we are loving every minute. There is no doubt about that – we’ll definitely be back!”
I tried not to keep Andy too long as the gig was fast approaching, but before I let him go I asked him what advice he could give Student Times readers’ who are in a band and struggling to find success.
“Keep going! It may not happen straight away – it might not happen in your first band. Many of us guys have been in other bands but this has just clicked for us. It’s not about being the biggest in the world – just keep doing what you believe in.”
The gig at Central Station was a joy to watch and the support bands – Black Affair and The Ting-Tings looked promising to say the least.
The small size of the venue made for a fantastic atmosphere due to the ‘banging’ nature of the bands and the heavy bass-lines.
The beer was perhaps somewhat pricy at £3 a can but the music definitely made up for that!
NYCP are certainly a band with the world at their feet. For more information on the band, merchandise or to listen to their tunes – visit www.wearepony.com.