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Alt-rockers Pit Pony follow up the BBC 6 Music lauded releases Opportunity Went and Sulk, with their latest single, Hard Rainfall (available Friday 20th November). Produced & Mixed By Chris McManus at Blank Studios Newcastle, the track is a dark and hypnotic offering with heady vocals, industrial sounding guitars and doom-laden beats.

A video and recorded live performance will accompany the track before the band enter the studio to record their much anticipated debut album 2021.

We catch up with the band to see what’s what…

How have you been and how have you been keeping busy over lockdown/pandemic?
To be honest I think over most of lockdown we were sadly busier with real life and all the issues it caused, so band activities were on hold for a while. Thankfully as we’d recorded 3 new tracks the week before it hit in March we had enough stuff to plan and see us through. Hard Rainfall is the last of those 3 tracks. 

Can you tell us about your songwriting process?
It’s always collaborative. Most of the time someone has a riff or chord progression and we start with that and shape the song together in practice. I don’t know how she does it but 9 times out of 10 Jackie comes up with the lyrics and melody on the spot there and then from listening to the rest of us playing in the room. Occasionally though someone might have a more complete track they’ve done at home, and that’s what happened with Hard Rainfall. Jackie and Garth had recorded a rough version at home with just one guitar and vocal and we all built on it from there.

Tell us about Hard Rainfall, what’s it about and how would you describe its sound?
Sound wise it’s a bit of a slow builder and we wanted to create a sense of anticipation with the ebb and flow of it. We’d like to think it’s quite eerie and atmospheric while still packing a punch. The atmospheric aspect actually came out more in recording, which was a bit different for us, as we normally have a pretty strict idea of the sound already, but it definitely turned out to be a good thing.

Lyrically it’s about being honest, saying how you feel and not running away from situations. Things are better when you let people in and face them together, however hard that is sometimes.

You’ve got an album coming up February 2021. Can you tell us anything about that?
It’s been something we’ve wanted to do for a while, but as I’m sure everyone can imagine this year hasn’t been ideal for it . Thankfully though we were successful in getting some funding from the PRS Open  Fund and that’s enabled us to make it happen. We’ll be in the studio in Feb and it’ll be out later in the year, hopefully by which time ‘normal’ gigs can re-start, although we won’t hold our breath on that front the way things are being handled. 

Do you have anything else in the pipeline?
Our main focus at the minute is the album, however we’ve got a few things lined up for Hard Rainfall that we’ve never done before. There’s one thing in particular that we’re really looking forward to announcing, but for now we’ll have to keep it to ourselves.

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