tempobet yeni adresi
like this interview
11/06/2017 : JOSY & THE PONY VS THE PONEYMEN - ‘MOST OF THE BANDS THINK MUSIC IS A SERIOUS THING. WE DON'T!’ 11/06/2017 : JOSY & THE PONY VS THE PONEYMEN - ‘MOST OF THE BANDS THINK MUSIC IS A SERIOUS THING. WE DON'T!’

JOSY & THE PONY VS THE PONEYMEN

‘MOST OF THE BANDS THINK MUSIC IS A SERIOUS THING. WE DON'T!’


11/06/2017, Stef COLDHEART


Josy & The Pony (aka Josette Ponette) vs. The Poneymen is one of the craziest bands I’ve had the opportunity to discover in years. It first of all reminds me of some French and Belgian punk-inspired bands from the late 80s/early 90s but the main thing – and I think often forgotten essence of music - is they’re making people happy when listening to music. Just watch one of their clips and you’ll understand what I mean. The album “Hippodrone” released on Rockerill Records deals with ponies, horses and related themes.

Can you briefly tell us something about your music background and the way you joined hands to release the album “Hippodrone”?

Josy: This project began between 2015 and 2016 for a big contest called "Du F. Dans le Texte" (a contest for bands from the French Speaking Part of Belgium). It was just a joke but we were selected to play at ‘Botanique’ for the final and we won some prizes. Actually we were the only Belgian band from Wallonia. In a way, it was like we were the best band of our country at that time. Before that, the band THE PONEYMEN was playing quite a lot under different names. During the first years, they changed their name for each gig. It was a bit difficult to follow them. When they released their first recordings, they stopped changing names but then they began to change musicians every time they played...

When I’m listening to “Hippodrone” and watching some of the clips I can’t get away from the feeling it’s ‘totally fun’, ‘pretty sexy’ and ‘Belgian surrealism’! What is it all about?

Josy: No, it's very serious actually. (LOL)

The band name, the title of the album and all of the songs are related to ponies and horses! Is it all about a weird concept? A part of imagery and marketing? Or maybe an ode to the famous “Black Beauty" series…?

Josy: There're a lot a bands who have the word ‘Pony’ or ‘Horse’ in their name and they're nothing connected with the concept. We just wanted to do something else. To do what other bands don't dare to do. Nowadays bands are too serious. Most of the bands think music is a serious thing. We don't. And we don't even want to earn money with music. Music would just be made for parties and to make people have fun together.

It’s not that easy to define your music but I noticed multiple influences like post-punk, rock and even some psychedelic 60s influences. Where does your sound come from and what do you keep in mind from the writing process of this opus?

Josy: Definitely punk! We don't care about the rules and we don't want to follow them. By chance we haven't learn to play our instruments in a school. For this album, we wanted songs and sounds we are not used to hearing; mixing surf guitars with drone, using words for their sounds and not for their meaning, like the Pixies did, but in French, sampling our own material like a DJ could sample a vinyl.

Your music is pure fun but I noticed a very professional approach in the global sound production and the clips as well. Tell us a bit more about the production process and the realizations of the clips?

Josy: All clips are made in one day, in ‘DIY’. Except the last one (cf. “H!!! Hue H!!! Han”) for which we have called a professional director (Cf. Antoine Lanckmans). It was a good idea to call him. This clip was broadcast on ARTE TV. Great job, isn't it?


You’re not only playing a lot of shows in Belgium but also in other countries. What kind of live band are you and what have been your best live experiences so far?

Josy: The show is very important to us but it’s not that easy to explain to people who haven't seen us. It's like an Italian magazine said ‘Sesso, cavalcate e porno 70s’. No need to understand Italian to understand what it means. Our shows are a bit like that but if you come and watch us at the 1st degree, then you're not going to feel comfortable. It's like a play but actually we don't see a lot of what's happening on stage. We are aware but completely blind. So it's hard to tell about these experiences. We just perform but in a different way. The rule is no rule. For example, do you know a lot of bands where all musicians are totally no smokers. We do not smoke anything. Smoking and taking drugs is so cliché. Just a rule like another. We are high enough. By the way, have you ever seen a pony smoking?

Stef COLDHEART
11/06/2017


Music reviews

08
12
NEON TZIGANE
Del Wesh
07
12
FROSTTIDE
Decedents – Enshrined
06
12
MIREXXX
Vault
23
11
JO QUAIL
Exsolve
22
11
SADOMANCER
Dystopian Dawn
20
11
METROLAND
Memorabilia & Memorabilia The Remixes

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

15
12
A Date In Camden | The Fall At The Witch Trial
14
12
On this day, exactly 41 years ago, Joy Division recorded their very first EP, 'An Ideal for Living'
14
12
London Calling | The Clash Masterpiece Is 39 Today!
13
12
Horses | Patti Smith’s Debut Masterpiece 43 Years On!
12
12
This weekend, BIMFEST 2018 kicks off with Covenant, Leaether Strip, Light Asylum, Clock Dva & Agent Side Grinder amongst others!
12
12
Out Of Line weekender line-up almost complete!

Concert reviews

16
11
HEILUNG
Live at The Islington Assembly Hall
06
11
INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS
30
10
SERPENTYNE
European Tour 2018
24
09
MODELE MARTIAL - AUTOPSIE D'UNE OMBRE - IAMTHESHADOW
B52 - Eernegem - 14/09/2018
14
08
WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN
Review from WGT 2018, Leipzig, Germany
10
08
GOLDEN EARRING + THE KIDS
Live at Zulzeekse Feesten, Kluisbergen - Belgium - 28.07.2018

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

10
12
THE BLADES
Too Late To Stop Now! | The Return Of The Blades - An Interview With Paul Cleary
05
12
NOIRE ANTIDOTE
'Negative etiquette' resemblance the negative sides of human behaviour but more translated into a feeling.
24
11
DOPPELGANGER
'We are goths, and we only remember the sad stories :)'
22
11
PAUL LEARY (THE COCKY BITCHES,BUTTHOLE SURFERS)
'My mind has a jukebox that I cannot unplug.'
19
11
THE NAMES
We're lucky to have everyone still alive and well, unlike many of our friends of Factory records.

PHOTOS

13
12
DIVE
Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium
13
12
HA;PEOPLE 3 55
Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium
03
12
WHISPERING SONS
Sinner's Day Genk
03
12
JOHN CALE
Sinner's Day Genk
03
12
RED ZEBRA
Sinner's Day Genk
03
12
GANG OF FOUR
Sinner's Day Genk
02
12
FISCHER Z
Sinner's Day Genk

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

15
12
LACRIMOSA
Die Unbekannte Farbe
14
12
OFELIADORME
Hands
13
12
GESAFFELSTEIN
Pursuit (Official Video - Not Blurred)
12
12
E-SOCIETY
E-Society
11
12
FUNKER VOGT
Feel the Pain
10
12
THE VIOLENT YOUTH
Rabota (my life is a job)
09
12
0KONTROL
Lullaby