Ponytail at the Echo


Venue: The Echo

Drinks: A Red Stripe and Three Newcastles.

Song I Most Wanted to Hear: "Celebrate the Body Electric (It Came From An Angel)" which was their penultimate song. It kicked ass.

Musical Disappointments: I had to rush to get to the venue from the other side of Los Angeles (where I'd just seen THE NAKED CITY) and so I missed the earlier band Cex and arrived a couple songs into Ponytail's set. I did get a discount on the door (only five bucks) and I made sure to stay and watch the indie girls dance to the DJ after the show. I didn't dance with them, I needed back-up to do something like that and I was flying solo.

Superficial/General Impression on Singer's Appearance: When not singing Molly Siegel looks like a fairly normal, if ethnically mysterious, girl but once the music kicks in she takes the form of a 13-year old boy with Down Syndrome. She is perpetually in motion with her face distorted as if she was dancing on broken glass. Sometimes she shrieks, sometimes it's a moan; mostly it sounds like a mating call from the wild. She wore a shirt with a giant hamburger on it.

Merch Table: They had some cool shirts but they were all too small for me. I decided to get the vinyl of ICE CREAM SPIRITUAL.

Run-in's With the Bands: Since The Echo turned into a dance venue after the show, I decided to hang out and talk to the band after the show. Jeremy the drummer was very friendly and he told me that after their current tour they are planning to go back to his parent's house in Baltimore to do some writing for their next album. He said the writing process takes them a long time. I got every member to sign my LP and they all seemed like friendly people. I was amused to note that Molly Siegel hit the dance floor after her show, she still had energy to spare as she pogo'd the dancefloor.

Best Onstage Moment, Non-Musical: Molly Siegel kept jumping off the stage to do whatever she does while among the crowd. She also kept giving people near the front of the stage enthusiastic high-fives whenever there was a hand waving in her direction.

Best Onstage Chatter: I don't know that she knows words.

Did the Bass Player Look Bored?: There was no bass player: just two guitarists and a drummer behind the weird bouncing chick.

Overall Scientific Rating of Show (out of ten): 7.0

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