Pony Face deliberately defy definition. In their short career the band have released an EP and two blissful and brooding albums. To the uninitiated Pony Face can appear unconventional, but who better to take on Bruce Springsteen’s bleak and affected 1982 Tascam-recorded demo album, Nebraska?
Pony Face were initially commissioned to perform Nebraska live as part of (former) St. Kilda institution Pure Pop Records’ classic album series. Not content with exploring these stories of submission, annihilation and the light in the cracks in a one-off, three-piece show, they enlisted the help of some friends and collaborators to further traverse the sonic backroads and byways the songs drove them down.
Long time collaborator, producer, Casey Rice (Tortoise, The Dirty Three), was brought on board to co-produce the album. that was recorded mainly in Simon Baileys spare bedroom. Enter Matt Walker, Biddy Connor, Jaye Kranz (Brighter Later), Shane O’Mara, Liz Stringer, Ladie Dee (Howl At The Moon) and Damian Fitzgerald; a heart-worn cast to tease out the untold confessions of the Sheriff, Maria, Frankie, Ralph, Chicken Man and the State Trooper.
Pony Face’s Nebraska is a calculated, meditative re-imagining of Springsteen’s towering masterpiece, taking the record down a path the E Street Band wouldn’t (couldn’t) have travelled. Stevie Van Zandt, when urging Springsteen to release Nebraska as is, surmised that “the fact that you didn't intend to release it makes it the most intimate record you'll ever do. This is an absolutely legitimate piece of art."
Now, with thirty two years of contemplation of that statement, Pony Face and the entire cast of musicians who created this incredible, contemporary interpretation will present Nebraska live and complete. Whether a Pony Face fan, a Springsteen fan, a music fan or a conceptual art fan, well versed in the concept album Nebraska, or uninitiated, Pony Face’s live performance of Nebraska will impact you.. Not to be missed!!