Dead Pony: “We want to make music that’s powerful and angry”

Going back to their alternative roots, Glasgow quartet Dead Pony are making primal rock designed to stir up the party.

During lockdown, Anna Shields found comfort in nostalgia, drifting back to the music she had on repeat as a teenager: Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Green Day, with some nu metal thrown in for good measure. The frontwoman had started her band not long before the pandemic, and Dead Pony had still been trying to figure out exactly how they wanted to sound when the world went haywire. “For a while, we were just experimenting with different sounds, following what other bands [in our hometown of] Glasgow were doing at the time, and taking a lot of inspiration from our peers,” she recalls.

However, when she and her bandmates returned to the albums that got them so invested in music in the first place, they felt inspired. True, Dead Pony doesn’t really sound like Paramore, Green Day or My Chemical Romance (in fact, they share more sonic lineage with Wolf Alice, Queens of the Stone Age or The Mysterines, perhaps), but connecting with their musical upbringing reminded the quartet that they wanted to be alternative.

“I like to write music that can be interpreted in 100 different ways.”

— Anna Shields

For guitarist Blair Crichton in particular, there was something else about the artists he grew up with that he wanted to carry into his own band’s music. “I realised the thing about music that I really loved was when it had a crazy energy to it, and I could feel that energy just from listening to the music,” he says. “[We want to] transfer that crazy, primal energy to someone else, and make them feel pumped.”

Dead Pony’s rocket-fuelled new EP, ‘War Boys’, does that in spades, with plenty of creative flair to match. Much of its songwriting is inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road, with its title referencing its antagonist’s radiation-poisoned soldiers. “We like the post-apocalyptic vibe because it feels cinematic, but it feels so real as well,” says Anna. “So often, I turn on the news and I’m like, ‘God, it feels like we’re in a movie right now’. I don’t really like writing music that’s incredibly blunt - I like to write music that can be interpreted in 100 different ways.”

“Movies are a really good conduit to creativity,” Blair agrees. “We want to make music that’s powerful and angry, and [while] political music has its place and everything, I feel like I’ve heard it being done so much. But if you can take the vibe from a world like Mad Max, you can create a really cool piece of art.”

‘War Boys’ EP is out now via LAB Records.

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