Posted in music | pictures on December 18, 2006

My New Years resolution is to start posting show recaps in a timely manner again...

New Young Pony Club @ The White Room

Last Saturday night (December 9, 2006) I found myself at the "White Room" in Williamsburg. It's a new venue that opened during CMJ -- and an art space. It's literally just a big open white room that feels like it might be part of a public school. It was the Modular Records Christmas party, and it was the NYC debut of the UK's New Young Pony Club.

"Mutual friends introduced now London-based vocalist Tahita Bulmer and guitarist Andy Spence in 2004, who shared a love of punk rock and dance music, from Gang of Four to Tom Tom Club. The founding pair began writing together, originally only for Tahita to perform. Andy later assumed a larger role when they decided to form a proper band, so the duo recruited the single-monikered Lou (keyboards), Igor (bass), and Sarah (drums). Modular picked them up just over one year later."[SPIN]
The night-before @ Annex was supposed to be the band's NYC debut, but Tahita needed to rest her voice so they cancelled that show. I think the voice issue was also the reason they only played for like 25 minutes on Saturday night -- regardless, it one of the best shows I saw this year.
"It went relatively well considering I had a sore throat," she explained. [NME]
Sound Bites compared it to the first time he saw Franz Ferdinand.
I can never put my finger on what "it" is, but one thing is for sure -- New Young Pony Club have it. [Sound Bites]
I felt the same thing, but was thinking of the more-recent live hit Love Is All.

New Young Pony Club @ The White Room

Live = awesome, but so far I'm not AS blown away with their 80s-dancey recorded stuff. Luckily we should have the chance to see them again when they return to the USA to play SXSW in March of 2007.

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Comments (12)

This was a really, really good set. Their energy was infectious...I don't understand why a handful of the crowd was dancing. I couldn't stop!

Posted by Absolutelywilde | December 18, 2006 8:29 AM

I don't care about the latest craze for dance-punk and all the bandwagon bands, but can someone comment on the White Room? Any more shows there? Website?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2006 1:23 PM

There is a White Room website...

http://williamsburgwhiteroom.com/

but it hasn't been updated in a while.

I agree, bv, that nypc haven't gotten their live energy onto a record yet... but "ice cream" is still pretty good.

Posted by bill p | December 18, 2006 2:54 PM

I'd call NYPC the Next Big Thing, but they're more... A band that changes the sonic landscape... catchy on the record and even better live

Posted by infectious | December 18, 2006 3:25 PM

please stick to your new years resolution because you dropped those great bloc party photos five months later. I was waiting patiently.

Posted by AC | December 18, 2006 4:16 PM

you were blown away by that? i thot it twas kinda contrived, mediocre. the licking the sweet blood from the cheek was pretty erotic tho

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2006 5:14 PM

seems like pretty much all you have to do these days to become an "indie buzz band" is rope a few cute girls into the group, dress pretentiously/quirky, and play something with a mildly danceable beat. Yay.

Posted by Brian | December 18, 2006 5:20 PM

"seems like pretty much all you have to do these days to become an "indie buzz band" is rope a few cute girls into the group, dress pretentiously/quirky, and play something with a mildly danceable beat. Yay."

Until the next craze comes along. Then all the current startup bands will change their sound again, and Bedford Ave hipsters will have new favorite bands.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2006 9:52 AM

cynical effn ny'ers - go fudge yourselves (both of youse) wid a cream cheese dildo on thurty thurd & thurd. nypc rool - dance punk's here to stay (for now).

Posted by mike | June 10, 2007 2:08 PM

not too bad

Posted by WOW GOLD | December 2, 2008 10:23 PM

I'd call NYPC the Next Big Thing, but they're more... A band that changes the sonic landscape... catchy on the record and even better live

Posted by lv | October 17, 2009 12:31 PM

This is a cool thought how to make such a thing. Cool place to find.

Posted by Matthew C. Kriner | March 9, 2010 8:04 AM

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