I recently stumbled upon this amazing track from New Zealand outfit, Bunnies on Ponies. BoP is a side project of Samuel F. Scott, member of The Phoenix Foundation. The band also features Tom Callwood and Craig Terris. These three gents have played together as Samuel F. Scott & The B.O.P. – from what I gather this is the same band and their forthcoming album is leading on from previous effort, Straight Answer Machine. I don’t know for sure, these guys are new to me.
‘Destination Newtown Park Flats’ is a hip track that opens up with a softly-slick guitar riff before opening up into a throwback sound that evokes some sort of 90’s-era art-indie. It breaks down into an eerie noise-jam as the guitar starts pitter-pattering and hacking away at itself while a brass instrument of some kind (Maybe a bassoon? What does a bassoon sound like?) squeals on top – it’s so fucking great.
From what I gather, this song is about scoring some weed in Wellington in the 90’s. The track does evoke a plodding feel, moving from dive to dive to buy from shady freaks and weirdos. The vocals are more beat-poetry than singing, which is also super neat. Overall, ‘Destination Newtown Park Flats’ is a great song, and one I am stoked to hear.
Bunnies on Ponies will be releasing their next album, Heat Death of the Universe on November 7 through Flying Out Records. ‘Destination Newtown Park Flats’ will be on there, as will previous single ‘Castle Van Halen’. The Flying Out website quotes Samuel F. Scott saying that he was re-listening to The Breeders, Pavenment and Nirvana, so expect a lot of cues from those acts on the forthcoming release.