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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Twin Ponies

Twin Ponies, interview, Bandcamp

Phoenix rockers Twin Ponies formed in 2013 with members Wayne Jones, Phillip Hanna, Jordan Tompkins and Jacob Lauxman. The group is set to release its third EP, Friendly Pet Mass Graves, this month and the first single, “Merciless and Masculine,” is currently streaming on Bandcamp.

On July 17, Twin Ponies will host an album release show at The Rebel Lounge with Daisy Face, Lips (NY), and Celebration Guns.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with the group and listen to “Merciless and Masculine”…

Tell us a little about yourselves…
We’re a four piece alternative/grunge rock band from various parts of the Arizona desert.

How long have you been making music?
We’ve been a band for two years and have played in bands around the Phoenix area since 2007.

Who/what are your influences?
Collectively speaking: Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Ovlov, Flynt Flossy, Bank of America, coffee.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
“Merciless and Masculine” is probably our favorite song we’ve released so far because it’s so much fun to play live. It satisfies whatever restlessness we have with our writing. Everyone in the band gets to stretch out and craft their own unique response to what is happening sonically. It wouldn’t work if one element was missing and that’s a good thing.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We’re already working on new material for a full-length album, but for now we’re just trying play out and push the songs off of our forthcoming EP, Friendly Pet Mass Graves.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Piano tuning is really interesting to me. I’m moving very slowly through a study-at-home program at the moment. No musical training is necessary, so a non-musician can become just as skilled of a piano tuner (or better) as any musician, which is pretty cool!

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Locally, we’re in love with Celebration Guns, Daisy Face, Captain Squeegee, The Hill In Mind, The Hasty Escape, Instructions, B.O.T.S..

Nationally, we are in awe of bands like Pile, Ovlov, Porches, and Krill, who are all from the Exploding in Sound label based out of the Brooklyn/New England area. Other bands we love: At The Drive In, Tera Melos, Grandaddy, David Bazan, Neko Case, Timber Timbre, Polvo, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou… really, anything that makes us grin upon first listen.

Why do you make music?
We make music because it’s a boredom killer and boredom is bad for your health.

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