No Show Ponies succeeds at this goal by focusing on its strengths: writing and performing three-minute pop songs that conjure the spirit of rockâ€™s past, while injecting a sonic and lyrical depth that speaks to the events of the day.
Listening to No Show Ponies newest release, What Am I To Do?, several things become clear. First, as the groupâ€™s guitar player and primary lyricist, Jeff Brown exists without contemporary peer in his ability to address matters of substance through wry wit and sardonic humor. Then there is the unmistakable baritone of vocalist, Ben Brown, who is equal parts pin-up icon and lounge crooner, often within the same song. Concerning What Am I To Do?, Ben offers,
â€œLyrically, the record (What Am I To Do?) deals with themes such as the loss of innocence, the notion of identity, and the existential nausea one faces in the modern worldâ€¦but you can dance to it! Thatâ€™s our secret weapon; we have a terrific rhythm section. Just ask them. Iâ€™m sure they will agree.â€
Bassist Dan Ruscito and drummer Jason Jones understand the notion of rock & roll; both have spent years individually perfecting their craft. As the rhythm section of No Show Ponies, the two have developed an incendiary chemistry that, at its best, has the ability to close the stigma between white and black music. Both understand that true rock & roll is, after all, colorblind.
The addition of guitarist Kevin Schoaff finds the sound of No Show Ponies at its most volatile. Through the playing of Kevin and Jeff, NSPâ€™s guitar attack is at once lacerating and beautiful, which one would expect from a group that cites The Smiths, The Replacements and U2 amongst its influences. Will No Show Ponies, too, reach such prophetic heights?
The stars have aligned; the circle has closed; the shit has hit the fan. Look out, it must be a rock & roll band.
Eric Wittlin of Capital Records Promotions writes,
â€œI've heard and met a lot of bands in my 2 years of working for Capitol Records Promotions, I have not heard any other band with the talent that these guys have. I see a big future for NSP.â€
Check out the artist's website:
1. What Am I To Do?
2. Yesterdays News
3. A Heart Only Breaks Once