I have to thank fellow blog When You Awake for turning me onto L.A./London-based chanteuse Pony Boy.* Back in my adolescence, I read and thoroughly enjoyed S.E. Hilton’s classic youth novel The Outsiders as part of my school’s curriculum, and was immediately attracted this musical project, named for the narrator of that text. Pony Boy’s website describes her sound as junkyard-country influenced by all the right names from Tom Waits and Howlin’ Wolf to Bobby Gentry and Wanda Jackson. “Saint and Liars,” available for free download from the artist’s website, is a pleasant mix of slow-burning electric guitar, 1960s mellotron, and sultry vocals. The video, filmed at a Working Men’s Club in Glasgow, comes across as the Scottish corollary to the film Searching For the Wrong-Eyed Jesus. Either way, both the song and the video are excellent, and I’m very excited to hear more music from this project. Enjoy!
Pony Boy, “Saints and Liars” (2011)
* The name of the musical project is rendered in four different ways in the official promotional material: Pony Boy, PonyBoy, PONYBOY and Ponyboy. I’ve elected to use the most commonly, and prominently, occurring Pony Boy, despite the fact that in Hinton’s original the name is spelled Ponyboy.