Photo Credit: Kelli Anne
Come the end of the month Ponytails will head down the west coast from Vancouver to open for Peach Pit. One of those stops will include the infamous Troubadour at the tail-end of West Hollywood. Their first time there, it’s sure to be one for the books. Also for the books, what happens when you ask a band if their latest video was influenced by lumbersexuals. You’ll have to read on to see what they had to say about that, and what’s to come from them after they wrap things up with Peach Pit and 2018.
Kendra: Best friends living in the same neighborhood drawn together by music and oddly enough…the sounds of Sylvester Stallone movies. How does that come up in conversation or is Stallone just a normal conversation starter?
Ponytails: It’s from the first day we talked about making music together, Thanksgiving weekend in 2015. We were watching Cliffhanger and eating pizza, sometime in the afternoon we ended up at a music store. I was getting a Shure Green Hornet mic and Harvey was playing the electric drums and when I threw the headphones I realized he was pretty amazing at it and on the way home we decided to get a jam space.
Kendra: Okay, let’s talk about “Cherry Pie.” It gives off a very lumbersexual vibe. Was that the jumping off point when you were coming up with the concept?
Ponytails: This is a very interesting question. At first (after looking it up) I was pretty offended by the meaning of the word “lumbersexual.” My initial responses were sticking up for the band’s masculinity and expressing how our beards weren’t masks for our inabilities or even a popular aesthetic choice. Then I stopped and thought about why would it matter if I (or anyone else) wanted to look a certain way that made us feel happy or good about ourselves?
I know it’s not what you probably meant by the question. I’m not offended, mainly just writing out my thought pattern after reading the question which is what these things are for right? But answering the actual question is that we both wanted to make a video about our friendship and the magic from it creating a symbolic life in a Pie puppet. But you know, mostly funny? Love, I mean.
Kendra: Being that “Cherry Pie” is the first in what you’ve noted in a series, will we see the next chapter in this narrative the video set up or be introduced to a whole new set of characters?
Ponytails: The latter. The themes of the videos will change with the songs. There will be similarities in tone but the stories will all have new individual characters. We’re just having fun creating stories about the ridiculousness of love and the human condition. Mostly just having fun together.
Kendra: In the end, you’ll be dropping a full-length come 2019. Going back to the one and only Stallone. If you had to compare the upcoming release to one of his films – which would it be and why?
Ponytails: I’d probably say the first Rocky but I’d pick the alternate ending where he throws the fight for the mob and bets on Apollo with the mob money to buy Adrian a pet store.
Kendra: Before that, you’ll be playing on the west coast with Peach Pit. One stop being at the Troubadour. Will Helen Wheels be taking you elsewhere after that, or will she be taking a break?
Ponytails: We’re taking November and December off shows to write, arrange and probably record bed tracks for the album. In all honesty, we’ll probably play a show (or two) if it’s good in between it all. we tend to do that.