Listen to the new song from The Dead Ponies – The Bed
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
The band was formed almost by accident in New Jersey in December of 2011 by singer Sammie Eccentric and guitarist Joe Mo in Slo Mo. It was the best thing to ever come out of Craig’s List. The odds were against our band ever forming at all. Really, it should have never happened in the first place. Yet somehow, it happened anyway.
Joe left his previous band, The Argonauts, to pursue this new project.
Then in January of 2012 we found our drummer, Andy the Mask, on Facebook. He also left his previous band, Midnight Scandal, to be a part of The Dead Ponies.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?
We’re working on writing music for our first album. We haven’t titled the album just yet, but it will include the songs Zombie Eyes, Scaring Myself, The Bed, and Doomsday Prophecy as well as others.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The Bed is based on a true story. The song lyrics switch back and forth between a nightmare that our singer had and the real life trauma that caused the nightmare. The lyrical intensity is matched by the music.
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?
We are one of the few bands in our area that play post-punk. Our singer is also classically trained and our guitarist uses eclectic noises in a style that can be described as an organized chaos.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
The biggest challenge would be dealing with disorganized promoters and venues. That’s not to say they are all that way, but we’ve come across a few that were pretty difficult. There’s also not much of a scene for our genre in our area.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
We’ve had trouble finding a permanent bass player. It seems like we come across musicians who love to tell others that they are in a band, but when it comes to putting in the effort and showing up to practice, not so much. We’re still on the hunt for a dedicated, responsible bassist. In the mean time, we have a rotating cast of fill-in bass players so that we can continue playing shows.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Sharks and landmines.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Don’t play safe. Don’t be afraid of what people will think. You will come across enough people who will try to censor you. Don’t add another by doing it to yourself.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
We mostly use Facebook, but we also littered every rest stop down I-95 from New Jersey to Florida with band stickers. Our singer is currently designing our website, so we should have that up and running soon. Expect an Easter egg.