BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

NYPC

NYPC

Bondage & Discipline

Thu, May 1, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

NYPC
NYPC
New Young Pony Club are no more- and in their place are NYPC. Because deciding to shorten their name wasn't as much a rebranding, or relaunching, as it was a sign of wholesale rebirth: for their third studio album NYPC, recorded and self-produced in London, singer Tahita Bulmer and multi-instrumentalist Andy Spence decided to shut everything and everyone else out. Their partnership is NYPC- and their creative chemistry and shared vision is what makes NYPC their most forward-thinking and refined album so far.

"It feels like a new band in one way," says Andy, talking about their decision to be a duo. "We've had great times touring the world as a 4 piece but it started to feel uncomfortable with this half-pretence of being a group, so it seemed natural for them to move on." Lou Hayter is now concentrating on her Tomorrow's World Project, while Sarah Jones is in demand as live drummer for the likes of Bat For Lashes and Hot Chip- but,l with Sarah contributing co-writes and live drum credits on NYPC, it seems likely she'll be on stage with them again soon.

Andy and Ty began work on NYPC in Early 2011, bouncing around ideas as they always have in their studio in North London. They quickly amassed a slew of new material- half of which was sleek and sparse, half which was more traditional and reminiscent of 2010's The Optimist. But after they released their skittering, skeletal single "You Used To Be a Man" last May they realized it set out the blueprint they wanted to follow for the rest of the album: smart, minimal and sophisticated pop music that would be both more intelligent than dumbed-down chart fodder and more fun than earnest, po-faced indie.

NYPC then, is their most focused and coherent album yet, drawing on the strenghts of their last two albums but pushiing it forward into new, uncharted territory, from the coquettish rattle-and-hum of "Hard Knocks" to the minimal ice-pop of "Things Like You" (co-written by Moran Quaintance, the brains and voice behind Plugs). It's reminiscent of the electronic sound of "Fantastic Playroom" but tracks like "Now I'm Your Gun" and "Sure as The Sun" cut deeper and cleaner than ever before. It retains the maturity and pop-sensibilities of The Optimist but with an even defter touch.

And as for the future? Even if it's a time of change for NYPC, their ambition remains the same as ever. "We just want to be up there with our heroes, who were making great pop music without pandering to the masses" says Tahita. "To just be uncompromisingly good."

NYPC isn't just the first step in making that happen- it's a giant leap into a brighter, better new era. Try and match them stride for stride if you dare.
Bondage & Discipline
Bondage & Discipline
Bondage & Discipline make big gestures feel personal. They're believers in pop as the transportive vehicle and as the personal catharsis. The Philadelphia three-piece formed in late 2013 after breaking from local indie rock mainstay The National Rifle. Recorded at south Philadelphia's Cambridge Sound with producer Todd Mecaughey they're releasing their debut single, "Only Your Love" as the new project's mission statement. It's as if Kevin Shields helmed the second British invasion. It's anglophilic nostalgia that belongs to no real timeline. However, "Only Your Love" will also sweep you into it's own world. One where the emotions are immediate and the highs are exhilarating.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com