LIVE REVIEW: Pit Pony, Fast Blood @ The Engine Room, North Shields (06.02.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Image: Pit Pony filmed at KU Bar, for NARC. TV

If you’re on the lookout for a cutting-edge rock band with a heavyweight, pounding sound, but all your efforts seem to be in vain, I urge you to cast your watchful eye towards relentless garage rockers Pit Pony, who played a blistering set supported by brutal nu-metallers Fast Blood at The Engine Room.

Detonating the night with formidable volume, the salvo of Fast Blood’s rhythm section laid waste to the stage in a short but outstanding set. Following with a tempestuous show of almost all unreleased material (as we are still eagerly awaiting a debut album), Pit Pony sold out the intimate venue with their awe-inspiring sound. Industrial rumbling bass, harsh and strangled guitars and abrasive, razor-sharp vocals – not to mention the warlike, tom-heavy drums – these staple Pit Pony sounds underpin their music, reinventing it with each song they produce. Nowhere is this better on display than in their impulsive, fuzzy banger Dutch Courage.

Since the release of their debut single Osaka in 2019, the cards have been stacked against them as an up-and-coming band in the time of the pandemic. But you’d be a fool to think that that’d stop this tank from rolling onwards – and they have an impressive chain of singles and gigs to show for it (including a support slot with alt. rock punks idols Idles at the Boiler Shop) – and a fantastic episode of NARC. TV under their belts.

Although I left fearing for my hearing, my greater concern was devoted to hearing their soon-to-be-announced big news…

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