9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 07 April 2011
Didn't even realise this was on the way which has made for a pleasant surprise. Those of you already familiar with this frantic psych-rock outfit will probably be as excited as me but I get the impression they are relatively unknown round these parts so maybe not. Time to listen up kids. You may already be familiar with guitarist Dustin Wong's epic solo album, recently made available via Thrill Jockey or perhaps you've caught the Ponytail drummer kicking the shit out of his kit in the recent incarnation of The Boredoms but none of that prepares you for the awesome onslaught of Ponytail's exceptional take on experimental rock music. The only disappointing aspect of 'Do Whatever You Want All The Time' is that they've chilled out and matured since the release of 'Ice Cream Spiritual'. Other than that though they've taken the blueprint of their original sound and expanded dramatically on its themes to create and all together unique beast of an album. You can still hear elements of Deerhoof, Battles, Dustin Wong's Ecstatic Sunshine, Hella and the likes of High Places but this sounds very much like a Ponytail album. Still dominating is the intense guitar interplay between Wong & Jeremy Hyman and the eccentric vocal stylings of Molly Seigel. Seigal's voice has matured to the point that lyrics are now clearly audible and quite tuneful which is a strange development but one that will be welcomed by most. The guitar work is unbelievable with Wong & Hyman in their absolute element and Ken Seeno's drumming is reserved, economic and incredibly efficient throughout. J.Robbins returns to produce and there's is a greater emphasis on experimentation with keyboards, tone generators, drum machines and odd percussive splatters adding to the deliberately mind bending arrangements. The question now is 'Are the band still together'? I thought they'd split up at the back end of last year but here's a new LP? Who knows? Features mad as eggs artwork by The Boredoms' Eye and the LP comes with a free download.
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