The absolute best thing about writing for this site and going to shows in Los Angeles is that on any night you might hear an incredible, mind-blowing set by a band you’ve never heard of and know nothing about. Pony Village was one of those bands. Maybe you’re out at a show to see a favorite band, or maybe you just go out to get out and see what’s what. One night close to two years ago Pony Village were a last-minute special guest on the bill with Seasons. I thought I’d listen to a couple of songs and then head to the back room of the Satellite for a beer to wait for the headliners. As soon as Pony Village started playing it was clear they were something special, and once I started listening I couldn’t turn away from the stage. The Portland five piece has a warm sound and songwriting that evokes Elliot Smith sweetened with vocal harmonies and lead guitar offset by carefully crafted synth lines. Radio Free Silver Lake caught up with front man Ryan Barber and talked vegan tacos, driving tips and their upcoming album via email as they were getting ready to play the Treefort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho this weekend as part of a tour that takes them down the West Coast. Pony Village returns to LA Thursday night to play the Silverlake Lounge.
Kathryn Pinto (Radio Free Silver Lake): What has Pony Village been up to lately? I see you have a new single out "Wildwood Drive" on Soundcloud. Have you been writing? Recording? Touring?
Ryan Barber (Pony Village): We are touring the west coast, then when we get home we are going into the studio with Beau Sorenson (Death Cab, Sparklehorse, Superchunk) to record our first proper full length.
RFSL: What is your new material like? Similar to previous stuff or a new direction? What are you listening to?
PV: The new stuff is way more of a collaborative effort. We've had a hard time with line up changes etc., but now we have a solid band, writing songs together, and it's the strongest stuff I think we've done yet. I wouldn't say there's a new direction, but we are starting to explore a few different places our sound can go. As far as what we've been listening to, it's pretty all over the place. Valentine's Day we did a set of 50's and 60's love songs, so for months we were in Phil Spector mode.