Baltimore's Ponytail is for the restraint-repulsed soul, the impulse reveler. They specialize in the seemingly random sound outburst, but not as occasional surprises as gimmicks or hooks. The little guitar and drum explosion is their modus operandi and their raison d'être. All songs are sustained multiple orgasms of sound. And then there's lead singer Molly Siegel, yelping and wailing and begging for another like a pony in heat, or an alien, her vocal cords clearly controlled by the instrumentation, feeding off it like a radio control signal. It all comes off as ferocity barely leashed, often on the edge of escape, midair at the end of the chain and drooling. If Michael Bay made profound indie rock, it wouldn't be this awesome.
Ponytail - Beg Waves (mp3)
Ice Cream Spiritual! won't be out until June, but you can catch them on tour now. They're playing with Cut Copy and Black Kids at Sonar in Baltimore on May 18th.