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Pony Up's "Make Love To The Judges"

by Caitlin McGuire (writer), Orange County, October 30, 2006

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What is it about Canada and musicians? It seems like every halfway decent indie band these days come from our maple-syrup neighbors from the north. Pony Up is no exception. The all-female lineup, hailing from Montreal, launched their first full-length CD on May 9th, on Dim Mak Records. The bittersweet tones of their debut “Make Love to the Judges With Your Eyes,” which took three years to write and record, marks Pony Up as a band to watch in 2006.

“Make Love to The Judges With Your Eyes” may have been one of the best female pop-band albums this year had they allowed their more acoustic tracks to evolve into full-blown indie anthems, like their heralded “The Truth About Cats and Dogs (Is That They Die),” that promises to stick in your head for weeks on end. Their other musical gems include tracks like the morose “Make, Model, #,” which laments a man who “tries on women like shoes / because he’s got nothing else to lose.” The darker theme of love lost on continues on “What’s Free Is Yours,” which ends with Sarah Moundroukas singing apathetically, “I don’t care if you break my heart.” Fans of Beck’s brighter work will love “Pastime Endeavor,” an irreverent electro-pop track that illuminates the album.

The intimate charm of singers Laura Willis and Sarah Moundroukas leaves a listener feeling nostalgic for times past. Recorded with Howard Ian Bilerman and Brian Paulson (Beck producing-veteran), unfortunately much of the ironic bounce created by “Make Love to the Judges with Your Eyes” is understated by the acoustic recordings. The lower fidelity songs (“Ships” and “The First Waltz,” to name a few) seem to absorb the allure created by their other twee-pop songs. While their satirical delivery (sexually explicit lyrics delivered by a heartbreakingly childish voice, on songs like “Dance for me,” in which Sarah Moundroukas sings, “Dance for me / I like to watch.”) gets lost in the genre, the album still has more good than bad to offer. “Make Love to the Judges With Your Eyes” is an introspective comfort to the melancholy: a soundtrack for autumn, your grandma’s cookies, and remembering your first kiss. But please, Canada, make Pony Up work a little harder next time. We know they can do better.


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By Annonymous on October 30, 2006 at 10:17 pm
I got this CD a while ago.
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By Annonymous on October 30, 2006 at 10:18 pm
Yep.
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By Annonymous on October 30, 2006 at 10:18 pm
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