Twin Ponies has managed to accomplish something unexpected: they have genuinely rekindled my love for rock music. It has been a long time since I have craved the sound of rock and roll in my ears. I’ve been into a indie-electronic-dance-retro groove for the past few years. Phoenix seems to be experiencing a resurgence of rock music and there are plenty of new bands in town to scope out. I’ve attended many shows in an attempt to find one band I could really sink my soul into. My quest was largely unsuccessful until now. That’s not to say I’ve never liked any rock bands in town. There’s like and then there’s LOVE. Love: Small Leaks Sinks Ships has left Arizona and Underground Cities rarely plays out anymore, they left a hole in my soul for my kind of rock.
Twin Ponies is a progressive rock band with members of the defunct bands: Tugboat, of the Painted Choir, and Kinch. Wayne Jones : Vocals/Guitar, Phillip Hanna : Bass/Synthesizer, Jordan Tompkins : Drums, Jacob Lauxman : Guitar. If you are not in the know – these bands were all fantastic. So it should be no surprise that Twin Ponies would eventually arrive at greatness.
I discovered Twin Ponies at their residency occurring on Friday nights at Time Out Lounge in Tempe during the month of January. January 9th was the first show I went to. Not only were all the bands fantastic: Freeze Ray Vision, Sun Dogg (from New Mexico,) Playboy Manbaby, but I was pleasantly suprised by Twin Ponies. So I went back on the 16th and it was another killer line up with Sedusa, LUAU, and Daisy Face. This time I begged my bestie Joanne Yoshiko to join me because I wanted to confirm my findings with my partner in crime, she concurred with this statement:
“Rock and Roll is alive and well, not in Tempe, not in Time out Lounge, but in mother fucking Twin Ponies.”
Joanne and I danced to Twin Ponies and she thrashed even harder than I did.
Twin Ponies excels at song writing specifically, interesting arrangements combined with engaging melodies and with technical skill. I’d highly recommend you check out Twin Ponies at one of their two residency shows left this month. Perk: there is no cover. They have done a remarkable job with the line ups. I’ve heard nothing but great things about The Hill in Mind, Instructions are local legends, word on the street is Ghostal is amazing and Celebration Guns have become one of my most favorite local bands. So you should just go both Fridays.
Residency line up:
11pm The Hill in Mind
12am Twin Ponies
10pm Ghostal (Tucson)
11pm Celebration Guns
12am Twin Ponies
Pores released September 2013 Willoughby is my favorite track.
Dual release with Celebration Guns released May 2014