Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on January 27, 2009

photos by Jonny Leather

Ponytail

Ponytail is a 4-piece art rock band formed in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, on the label We Are Free. Their sound has been compared to Deerhoof as well as Ecstatic Sunshine, due to the band's experimental guitar work and unique vocal stylings. The band has toured internationally, with bands such as Battles, Hella, Don Caballero, High Places and others. They have released two albums, Kamehameha, and Ice Cream Spiritual. They were named "Best Live Band" by Baltimore City Paper in September 2007 and "Best Band" in September 2008.[Wikipedia]
Nick Masi and I had to put together this feature for our Sirius-XMU show at the end of December (it ran in early January). They asked us to name "Best Live Band of 2008" among other things. It's hard to pick stuff like that, but we finally agreed on Ponytail for that award too. I realize that some people think exactly the opposite.

Ponytail brought it to The Bell House in Brooklyn on Friday night (1/23). Download an ACOUSTIC session they did for Daytrotter (if you haven't already). See more pictures from the Brooklyn show and all tour dates, below...

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These are Powers & Pattern is Movement opened the show.

Ponytail - 2009 Tour Dates
Feb 12 - 100 Club London
Feb 13 - Epic Centre Cherbourg
Feb 14 - Festival Super - Maroquinerie w/ Black Lips Paris
Feb 15 - Generiq Festival - Espace Multimédia Bourgogne
Feb 16 - Venue Directors Apartment Besançon
Feb 17 - Generiq Festival - Café Deep Dijon
Feb 19 - Centrifugeuse Pau
Feb 20 - Sidecar Barcelona
Feb 21 - Moby Dic Madrid
Feb 23 - Saint Ex Bordeaux
Feb 25 - Switzerland TBC TBC
Feb 26 - Switzerland TBC TBC
Feb 27 - FZW (The Final Curtain Days Festival) Dortmund
Feb 28 - West Germany Berlin
Mar 1 - Astrastube Hamburg
Mar 2 - Karlstorbahnhof w/Crystal Slits Heidelberg
Mar 3 - Paradiso Amsterdam
Mar 4 - Bat Cave Tilburg
Mar 5 - Ekko Utrecht
Mar 6 - AB Club Brussels
Mar 7 - Audio Brighton
Mar 8 - Start The Bus Bristol
Mar 9 - Tommy's Bar Cardiff
Mar 10 - The Lexington London
May 29 - Primavera Sound Festival Barcelona

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Comments (30)

that one photo where Molly is up in the air is a classic. could be press photo of the year.

also I agree, Ponytail was the best live band of the year last year.

Posted by a very influential critic | January 27, 2009 12:47 PM

YAWN

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 12:52 PM

bell house show was awesome. the new songs are great, everyone was slam dancing. good fun!

Posted by annie momus | January 27, 2009 12:54 PM

Pattern is Movement killed it that night. they rule. also, removing all color saturation from Bell House shots is cheating!

Posted by EF Matt | January 27, 2009 12:59 PM

RAY LEWIS!

Posted by nick | January 27, 2009 12:59 PM

football players who kill people and get away with it are my favorite. well, after the ones who get busted for drugs.

Posted by Tom Yaps | January 27, 2009 1:03 PM

"Download an ACOSUTIC session"

a what?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 1:29 PM

hey tom, get a life

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 1:34 PM

This show was awesome. I didn't know if I was going to like any of them, but I thought all the bands were fuckin great.

Posted by Aaron | January 27, 2009 1:41 PM

Thank you "very influential music critic" whoever you may be, or however influential you truly are.

EFMatt,
It's only cheating if you fail. I "misinterpreted the rules."

using a flash would have been cheating.

either way, it was a fun show.

Posted by Jonny Leather | January 27, 2009 1:41 PM

I love Ponytail crushes hard!!!

Ray Ray

Posted by Ray Lewis | January 27, 2009 1:51 PM

Bill of the year by far. An amazing night!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 2:03 PM

RE: Jonny Leather - good point about the flash, you're right that would've been cheating. i'm just ticked at how RED those lights always are. nice pics though!

Posted by EF Matt | January 27, 2009 2:08 PM

Jonny - I just got to ask did you know right away you nailed that shot or did someone else spot it, thats a shot I think photographers dream of making, you must be floating on a cloud.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 2:17 PM

anonymous 2:17,
Thanks. Though I definitely feel i've taken better pictures, I was definitely really happy when I came across this one in my batch. I'm pretty anal about timing shots and trying to predict movements, and i guess it just paid off with this one.

Posted by Jonny Leather | January 27, 2009 2:52 PM

Love the one of Molly screaming into the crowd's faces and them screaming back.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 3:09 PM

I feel like going back to college and rooming in a dorm just so I can buy a poster-sized copy of that first photo and hang it on my wall. Awesomeness.

Posted by J | January 27, 2009 3:11 PM

Molly Siegel in a football jersey. That is my fetish. Nailed it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 3:15 PM

annie at 12:54, they only did one new song according to this setlist:
Setlist:
[Total time 46:09]
01 7 Souls
02 Beg Waves
03 Late For School
04 Untitled [new song]
05 Music Tunes
06 Bermuda Triangle
07 Die Allman Bruder
08 Celebrate the Body Electric (It Came From an Angel)
09 [encore break]
10 Small Wevs

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 3:36 PM

pretty rad pictures, timing is everything eh? I wish my photographer could grab some stuff like this....

-dion roy


Posted by dion roy | January 27, 2009 10:31 PM

"football players who kill people and get away with it are my favorite. well, after the ones who get busted for drugs."


I prefer the ones who get into altercations in nightclub parking lots, with or without shootings.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 8:46 AM

that's a chick?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 8:48 AM

yeah the photo that shows the audience in front of her is also pretty great. these remind me of those old punk show photos from the 1970s, the grainy timeless quality of them. Im sure Ponytail are pretty fucking blown away if they've seen them.

care to discuss lenses/setting?

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 9:17 AM

HAHA shes wearing a Ravens jersey...I LOVE IT

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 9:47 AM

Steelers 23, Raven 14

Suck it Bawlmer! Suck it long, and suck it hard!!!

Posted by Franco Harris | January 28, 2009 10:02 AM

Congrats to J Leather. His photo (Molly jumping) is now the profile picture on Ponytail's myspace page.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 3:35 PM

I fucking love them.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 4:39 PM

LET'S DO THIS, RAY RAY, LET'S DO THIS!!!

Posted by Spine-führer of Hoboken | January 29, 2009 12:07 AM

Her musicality is lacking.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2009 1:12 PM

where can i hear them ?

Posted by malena | June 11, 2009 6:17 PM

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