Pony League have a new album out at the end of the month, A Picture of Your Family, via Bear Kids Recordings and have really given it their all, with funding this record and building studio shelves.
Gus, lead singer of the band, spoke with The Fountain about this process, the influences behind the album title and one of their favourite gigs.
TF: Exciting stuff with a new LP release, you must be ecstatic?
Absolutely. Anytime you choose to make a full length album as an independent band, you know you’re in for a long and difficult journey and the creation of A Picture of Your Family was no exception. We had plenty of ups and downs during the recording process, including running out of money and having to build studio shelves in exchange for recording time. But our fans, friends and family helped us raise funds by pre-ordering the record through PledgeMusic and we couldn’t be more thankful to them for that. We really couldn’t be happier with the way thesongs have come to life.
TF: And are you following this with a full international promo tour?
Our album release tour this March focuses on the Southeastern United States and will move onto other portions of the U.S this summer. No plans for an international tour yet, unfortunately. If you know any booking agents, send them our way!
TF: And you titled the album, A Picture of Your Family, what influenced you to opt for this title?
We didn’t have a title for the record until well into the recording process. I’d already written the song of the same name, which was one of those that I immediately felt very close to after writing it— I mean I feel a connection with all our songs of course, but playing A Picture of Your Family is an especially cathartic experience for me.
I think every once in a while, everyone experiences a certain side affect of getting older. The day I wrote Picture, and it did kind of write itself in one day, I was feeling rather ‘stuck,’ for lack of a better word. Overwhelmed by the sensory overload that is living in the world right now and totally clueless as to what my role was in it all. A quick glance at a family photo on my fridge sent me back in time ten years, and in that journey reminded me who I was. The next few moments sitting at my keyboard felt really good, and this song came out.
We chose A Picture of Your Family for the title because of the ways that a photo from your past can act as a window into who you are. I think that in some ways, an album should be able to accomplish that same thing when you listen to it and feel a connection. I know that some of my favorite albums help remind me who I am when I go back and listen to them (TheWeakerthans – Reunion Tour, Dawes – Northern Hills).
TF: And are we likely to see you perform in Scotland soon?
Probably not this year, although we’d absolutely love to make it out there for some shows!
TF: Which has been your favourite gig to date?
Probably a sold-out Red Rocks Amphitheater. We opened for The Fray and Devon Gilfillian at Red Rocks last June and were so nervous we could barely sing our parts, but it went pretty well and was an incredible experience for all of us. We gotta thank Southwest Airlines for that one, they put on a damn good show that night.
A Picture of Your Family is released on 23rd March via Bear Kids Recordings.