By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb
For a group who claims the two members were united by “almost zero common musical interests and a shared love of South Park,” Pony Time has impressively cohesive lo-fi chemistry. Their songs, which tilt toward the fuzzed-out two-minute end of the musical spectrum, still fall on the sunnier side of punk: Pony Time might make garage music, but it’s not meant to be heard alone in a garage. Their sound is far better suited for the festive CHBP atmosphere. We chatted with drummer Stacy Peck about their upcoming East Coast tour with local rising stars Chastity Belt, and the dire need for a punk rock rendition of a Poison power ballad.
Pony Time plays Capitol Hill Block Party Saturday at 8:45 p.m. on the Cha Cha stage.
Q: Have you ever been to Block Party before?
A: We played at the Cha Cha last year as well. It was a lot of fun. I love playing at the Cha Cha always. And it wasn’t really packed, which was good because Ben and I were both a little sick from the free Monster energy drinks they were giving away.
Q: Those things are brutal.
A: They were really really gross. We both felt kind of sick, but we’re old enough to know better.
Q: Do you have any shows coming up after the festival?
A: We’re actually going to take a bit of a break. We’ve been doing stuff nonstop for the last three and a half years. We’re just not going to play for a couple months and then go on tour in October to the East Coast [with Chastity Belt] for the first time.
Q: Are you going to be sticking around the festival to see any other acts?
A: I’ll actually be working at the [Pike Street] Fish Fry the other days. Hopefully I’ll be able to check out some of it. I’d like to see The Flaming Lips, I’ve liked them for a really long time.
Q: You’ll get the bands on the Neumos stage blasting through the walls, at least.
A: Yea, for sure. I feel like festivals are for people who don’t go to a lot of shows the rest of the year. So if you do, festivals are maybe not as exciting.
Q: So you’re not big on the festival scene?
A: No. I’m getting older, and I don’t drink anymore and stuff like that, so it’s kind of not as fun for me. But I definitely liked that stuff when I was younger.
Q: It’s an unusual culture. Block Party is my favorite festival, but you can still get some weird vibes when you pack that many young people into close quarters.
A: It’s definitely cool to have everybody in the same spot, but it can be overwhelming.
Q: Why don’t you give me an idea of what material you’ll be playing for your set?
A: We have three or four new songs we haven’t put out yet that we’ve been playing. We usually try to mix it up a little bit and put some older stuff in. We had had a new record come out in the spring that we play a lot of stuff from, but we do a pretty good mixup of older and newer stuff, which doesn’t even seem that new anymore because we play so often. Hopefully we’ll be recording again in a couple months.
Q: If festivals aren’t your cup of tea, are there any music venues in Seattle that are more your style?
A: Chop Suey has been having really good shows, and there’s a new all ages venue in the U District called Heartland that’s been having good stuff. Cha Cha always has good shows, but they don’t have them a lot.
Q: Could you tell me a bit about your sound?
A: I don’t know, we just try to play music that is fun and sounds good to us. We end up being sort of garage punk, but it has a dance quality to it because I always end up playing danceable drums. We never go for anything in particular, but that’s what ends up happening. Not a lot of ballads (laughs)
Q: So we won’t be hearing any punk rock Poison covers?
A: No, that sounds kind of good though. You never know.