Tyneside’s vitriolic rock five-piece Pit Pony has today released their debut album “World To Me”, which explores themes of identity, isolation, anxiety and motherhood, all the while packing a rawness that owes influence to the North East coast they call home.
Armed with a relatively modest repertoire of tracks singles since forming in 2018, Pit Pony has already enjoyed support from BBC Radio 1, BBC6 Music, Radio X, Amazing Radio with DJs such as Steve Lamacq, Mary Anne Hobbs, Huw Stephens and John Kennedy instantly spotting the band’s talent. Now, packing a wealth of brand new material and a more expansive sound, the band are back with a bite between their teeth and ready to hit the ground running.
Songs like ‘Tide of Doubt’ and ‘Black Tar’ are quite visceral which Jackie describes as an “outlet for the pent-up anxiety of isolation and the what seems like constant bad news coming at us from all angles”. ‘World To Me’ and ‘See Me Be’ explore the experience of having a baby and navigating life after that. ‘Best Is Yet’ is more of a love letter to Jackie’s younger self, with ‘Supermarket’ and ‘Cold’ exploring themes of complex relationships and self-preservation.
In the last 12 months, the band played 3 sold-out headline shows in Newcastle, supported Idles at their sold-out Newcastle date, supported The Wedding Present at the O2 Academy in Leeds, supported Life on their UK tour and before that, sold out of copies of their first 7” for single ‘Hard Rainfall’.
The band received support from PRS Foundation and Help Musicians to create their debut long-player, released via Clue Records (Bored At My Grandmas House, The Wedding Present, YOWL, Team Picture) and now, in support of the release, they’re all prepped to set off on a small run of UK dates later this year:
3rd July – The Vinyl Whistle Instore, Leeds
7th July – Pop Recs, Sunderland*
15th July – Salt Market Shaker, North Shields^
16th July – Ulltra Fest, Hull
7th October – Independent, Sunderland
8th October – Twisterella Festival, Middlesbrough
15th October – The Golden Lion, Todmorden
22nd October – The Grace, London
23rd October – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
13th November – York, The Fulford Arms
*Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs
You can listen to the album here now.
We also recently In anticipation caught up with the band recently, as part of our weekly Noteworthy video interview series, to find out what they had been up to during lockdown, what we can expect from their “bigger” sound on the album and where you’ll get the chance to catch them live sometime soon.