Glasgow's Dead Pony are the effortlessly cool Glasgow post-punk outfit breaking through the bullshit of 2020 with a fierce, no-nonsense attitude.
The four piece, fronted by the enigmatic Anna Shields possess the kind of assertive confidence which simply makes you wish you were as cool as they are. Their second release, Sharp Tongues sees the band unleash fury on those people who have nothing better to do than spread rumours and start shit instead of focussing on their lives.
Take Wolf Alice, Dream Wife and Amyl & The Sniffers and mash ‘em all together, and you’d get something a little bit like Dead Pony. They’re cool, they’re fearless and they’re overflowing with style.
Totally hooked on Sharp Tongues, we simply had to learn more about where the band’s ferocious and addictive sound came from, and so we spoke Dead Pony about the impact of critical acclaim, living off Tesco meal deals and focussing on their own journey.
Tell us a bit about Dead Pony and how long you’ve been making music for?
Blair and I have been making music together for the past few years but Dead Pony was really launched until earlier this year.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
Music was always a really big part of my life growing up. However, it wasn’t until I was maybe 22 that I realised that this is something I could perhaps make a career out of. My mum and dad were both very supportive when I told them that I’d like to pursue music and I owe them a lot for where I am today.
What would you say is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
I think we all have different influences in Dead Pony but there’s something quite cool about being able to bring all of that together to create something unique. I love Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry and Madonna and they were always two of my biggest musical icons when I started making music.
What is something you’ve learned about yourselves through making music and being a part of Dead Pony?
One thing I’ve learned is how far we are all willing to push ourselves and graft to play music to people. If you told anyone on the planet that some of your best memories are spending 5 days in a minivan with 2 stinky boys, covered in mud, no showers, driving 8+ Hours between festivals in 26° heat and living off tesco meal deals theyd think you were mad. But there’s something so lovely about sharing these unideal moments with your best friends and still being able to have a laugh, enjoy each others company and just get on with it because you’re all trying to pursue the same dream.
Is there anything you wish you had known when you first got involved in the music industry?
I wish I had realised that you don’t need to compare yourself to other artists. Music isn’t a competition and it’s all about your own journey and your own self-worth at the end of the day. Comparing accomplishments will only keep you progressing and there is no pressure for you to look skinnier or prettier or dress in a certain way. We’re all doing the same graft and trying to navigate the music industry in our own ways.
What’s it like to be at a point as a band where you’re receiving widespread acclaim and radio play? Exciting/overwhelming?
It is both exciting and overwhelming for us! Sometimes I get a kind of imposter syndrome feeling where I’m like “why are people writing about us?” But then you’re quickly reminded by people why they dig the music and you feel validated by the response from fans and press etc. It is a weird feeling, particularly now, as we haven’t been able to play gigs and meet fans but at the same time I’m so unbelievably grateful and I feel so lucky that we’re in the position that we’re in.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?
Aw man I could write a list the length of my arm as Glasgow is so ripe atm with talent. To name a few I would say Kitti, Spyres, Gallus & also Fabric Bear who are from Edinburgh.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
Arena tour would be absolutely wild. Dream rider would be bottles of Sailor Jerry’s, soda & limes, gallons wine, cheeseboard and a deli meats selection, fresh fruits and plenty of coffee. And maybe all of those cool Japanese kit-kat flavours?
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
When we write music we often go “aw man that’s so Mad Max” or “right let’s make this one sound like Scott Pilgrim vs The World” so probs those two.
What’s the bucket list goal for you as Dead Pony? Where do you want to be as a band in a year’s time?
I think it’s hard to say because of the auld Ms Rona but I’d like for us to keep releasing music and hopefully next year we can get back to gigging and play some festivals again. Dream Goals would be to go to America or Europe but that might need to wait a while.