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New Young Pony Club and Metronomy
Tahita Bulmer and co go pop and show the new breed how it’s done as New Young Pony Club, Metronomy, Make Model and thecocknbullkid play KOKO, London (February 12)
Since they popped their new rave cherries back in ’06, New Young Pony Club have mutated into a many-headed hydra, nestling their noses into pop’s underbelly. From their remixes of the likes of Amy Winehouse to Lou’s laid-back, Gucci handbag new wave as The New Sins, the fivesome have shown that they are too talented to solely exist in the booming juggernaut that is NYPC. As they reconvene for tonight’s NME Awards Show, it’s clear that these solo outings have only increased their power. The weakest songs from last year’s ‘Fantastic Playroom’ shimmer like bright lights – ‘FAN’ and ‘Grey’ sound reborn, shaken free of their sonic moroseness and turned into something slick and fresh. ‘Jerk Me’ wrestles itself from the ESG-style bass-heavy vibrations to become a mammoth punk singalong, the cover of ‘Pump Up The Jam’ mutates from a novelty idea into something euphoric and floorfilling, while B-side ‘Descend’ is rescued from the vaults to become an unexpected highlight. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
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