Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Indietracks interview #19: Red Pony Clock

From the sun-kissed shores of San Diego comes Red Pony Clock, an ever-changing musical collective with a penchant for jubilant horn arrangements, effervescent vocal harmonies and confessional song-writing. Primarily a recording project based on the songs of Gabe Saucedo and Tony Prudhome, the live Red Pony Clock line-up can at times swell to double digits. Members switch back and forth between a variety of instruments, including trombone, banjo, accordion and vibraphone. Their latest release, God Made Dirt, on Happy Happy Birthday To Me records, marks their first foray into professional recording. They're clearly a very bus band, but we managed to catch up with them to find out how their preparations for Indietracks are coming along...

Hello there Red Pony Clock, nice to meet you! Hope your Indietracks preparations are going well! Soooo...what are your thoughts on music at the moment and the new crop of indiepop bands?

It's a great time for music, the internet has put so much of it at our fingertips, and it seems to be causing more and more bands to try a little harder to stick out. It's finally becoming OK for bands like us who use less traditional instruments. When we first started out, people made fun of us for employing accordions and clarinets, but it seems a lot more acceptable now. Easier access to music from all over the world means there are more diverse influences seeping in, and it's very exciting to see what people are doing with them.

Do you have any exciting plans for the rest of the year?
Upon our return from Europe, we'll begin recording our second album, "Whatever Forever". This one's going to be taped almost completely live, with the already 12 piece band being augmented by even more horn and string players. The sound we're going for is that of a classic 60's orchestral pop record.

Do any band members have any particular skills, hobbies or claims to fame you wish to share?

Our bassist Gerry is actually an aspiring Hollywood filmmaker who recently made a video for our song "My New Best Friends". You can find it on Youtube.

Sounds interesting! One last question: what attracted you to play the Indietracks festival?

We love the choo-choos!

So do we! If you just can't wait to see Red Pony Clock at Indietracks, we've got a free song for you to download in the meantime - enjoy!

Next up: Indietracks braces itself for the "Russian Chemical Brothers" - Punk TV

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