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Fantastic Playroom

New Young Pony Club

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Unabashed Blondie fans with muted guitars and jacked up synths? A new Abba for the New Millennium hipster? Cool, sassy, Londoners making cool, sassy dance music? All of the above! Although sleeker and not quite as edgy as fellow dance-punk bands LCD, !!! or CSS (or first wave dance-punkers Gang of Four, ESG or Delta 5, for that matter), NYPC unquestionably shares the bloodline of those groups. You get the feeling that Pony Club’s DNA strands are linked by a chain of little disco balls, rather than safety pins and stale, sticky beer. Tahita Bulmer’s detached, botox'd vocal delivery has precious little variation and an excess of attitude, capable of merciless teasing (“I can make you ice cream”) and a rather bored bemusement (“No romantic pedigree; Suck me in and spit me out”). Standouts include, of course, “Ice Cream” (strong enough to survive being released two years before Fantastic Playroom); “Get Lucky” and “Hiding on the Staircase,” both impeccable interpretations of disco with punk flavors, and some great guitars-as-percussion on the former track; “F.A.N.,” which has a reverential “Rapture” vibe (the Blondie song, not the band); and the moody and seductive “Get Go,” with its reverb and fuzzy guitars. Whether you call it electroclash, dance-punk, or new wave revival, NYPC is one club that may become a habit.

Customer Reviews

This album rocks and Burnadee is an old dork!

I grew up when the Beatles and Kinks and Stones were still relatively new bands and this guy forgets that when the Beatles started they were no more talented than an average boy band of today! It is totally refreshing to hear new music with both alternative and electronic infulences. Personally myself I dig remixes of NYPC a tad more but this album is still great. Get a life Burnadee there is new music and new sounds that far exceed the talent of old crusties like the Stones and Kinks and especially the Beatles. Rock on MSTRKRFT, Tiga, Le Castle Vania, Chromeo, etc.

Smart Music + Guilty Pleasure = NYPC

I'm not sure why, but in spite of already being a fan of New Young Pony Club, I hesitated before buying this album. Some of the clips that iTunes picked don't really do these tracks justice. New Young Pony Club's "Fantastic Playroom" is genre-bending retro fun. Part-pop, part-alternative, part-electronic, this album goes from playful pop to retro melancholy with grace, ease, and sass. It feels like a guilty pleasure, but it's smart enough that it shouldn't. There are few misses on this album. "Ice Cream", featured on an earlier, self-titled EP (and not to mention that Intel commercial), is as good as ever. "The Bomb", "The Get Go", and "Get Lucky" are just as strong. The album has a few weak moments, such as "Jerk Me" and "Fan". But the strength of the other tracks more than make up for the less impressive moments. At $7.99, this album is a steal. I strongly suggest checking it out. If you're wavering, buy a track or two from my aforementioned favorites, and if you like what you hear--buy the rest. You won't regret it. Modular has released a very strong album with "Fantastic Playroom"--now where's the darn Van She album?!

Beyond Fantastic

I've been eagerly anticipating this release in the US. NYPC has such a great sound I've heard most of the songs in various releases over the past year, but the new album songs (Grey, Talking Talking, Fan) don't disappoint. It's rare that a band has such a powerful debut and can stand out among all the other bands coming onto the scene. This is one group that is rising fast. Hopefully they'll tour again soon in the US as their live show is sleek and full of energy. Highly recommended album.

Biography

Formed: 2004 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The London dance-rock group New Young Pony Club initially featured Tahita Bulmer (vocals), Andy Spence (guitar), Igor Volk (bass), Lou Hayter (keyboards), and Sarah Jones (drums). Inspired by LCD Soundsystem, the Stranglers, and Gang of Four, the band arrived with the release of the Ice Cream 7" in February 2005. The limited-edition pressing of 1,000 copies sold out in just three days, fueling New Young Pony Club's growing popularity among the U.K. music press and chic blogs. A deal with Modular...
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