Aside from what they describe as the curse of coming to the fore as one of the progenitors of the controversially neon nu-rave craze that swept the world around five years ago, New Young Pony Club haven't had the easiest road. Whichever way you'd call it, NYPC's own brand of dance-punk happened to rise during a time when dayglo was enjoying a renaissance; and happily, they are also one of those few bands that have managed to maintain a devoted following after the lights came up and everyone realised they had a highlighter hangover.
The strength of their music, aesthetic and modus operandus is what has kept NYPC riding through the changing pastures of the music industry; and this is undoubtedly in no small part due to the strength of their women (and man). Hardly needing introduction, NYPC is made up of Tahita Bulmer (vocals), Andy Spence (guitar), Lou Hayter (keys), Sarah Jones (drums) and Remy Mallet (bass). As a whole, NYPC is one of those rare and wonderful creatures that don't necessarily need to draw attention to (or exploit) their strengths - because they're obvious enough, as opposed to what a lot of female driven entities in pop find it necessary to do. Which is exactly the kind of woman power the world needs - less lip service and just plain old being.
Since 'Ice Cream' hit the airwaves, the band were reportedly begging to work with such pioneering types as Diplo and DFA; but Modular Records simply didn't have the same ideas as they did and geared them towards more mainstream sensibilities. That was a long time ago though, and NYPC have found freedom in their own record label and have managed to sort themselves out to crystalise their sound and vision in The Optimist.
Already with a third album in the works, the band are currently playing some dates in Brazil as well as a few dates in the UK. We managed to get Tahita and Andy to answer some questions (that have been burning in my drafts folder for a couple of years in fact!) in between being effortlessly fierce, working on their new album and gigging in São Paulo. Check Tahita, Andy and I chatting Achilles heels and bad ass bitches...
THE BAND IS PLAYING TONIGHT AT BECO 203 SP BRAZIL. DON'T MISS THEM!
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