As the story goes, Extra Medium Pony’s album 11868 was written after vocalist/guitarist Rick Spitalsky (Volta Sound/Dreadful Yawns/Afternoon Naps) went through an especially rough break-up. “Well that’s f’in interesting,” I can practically hear the sarcasm now. And to a degree, you’re right to be unimpressed by break-up records. They’ve been around as long as Rock ‘N’ Roll itself. What makes 11868 different, however, is the manner in which Spitalsky and bandmates Ben Gmetro on bass (Dreadful Yawns) and Jimmy Frysinger on drums (Nicholas Megalis Band) deal with those emotions. The songs are succinct, almost to a fault. None of the 18 songs even hit the two-and-half-minute mark. The boys simply plug in, tune close enough, bust out a short, jangly melody, and get ready for the next round of heartache. Both Dr. Phil and Lou Barlow would approve. Extra Medium Pony’s 11868 is out now on Exit Stencil Records. The band are always picking up gigs about town. Check your local listings.
- July 20, 2015
Political punk rock comes with a unique risk. What if all the causes you've been championing have been overtaken by more pressing issues by the time your album hits the streets? In our era, dominated by hot takes and social media firestorms, remaining topical is even more difficult. When you consider anarcho-punk forebearers, Crass were left to question their own strategy after Thatcher began and ended the Falkland's War in the early '80s while the band worked for more than a year on the double album, Christ - The Album, a modern band surely faces an even more daunting task, right? Who cares about Occupation Wall Street any more? In the past month gay marriage is the law of the land and the Confederate flag has (finally) become a poisonous symbol. A diplomatic, nuclear arms treaty with Iran has been agreed upon and a Cuban flag is flying outside of an embassy in Washington DC. The United States of 2015 is a far different place than the United States of 2012, when Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, and his long, dormant band, Desaparecidos reunited for a second round of incendiary arena-punk. Read More