A debut EP from Glasgow’s Dead Pony has been a long time coming – but now it’s finally here. Titled ‘War Boys’, it was written, recorded and produced by the band themselves in their native city, and encapsulates everything they’ve achieved to date perfectly. Visceral, scuffy, in your face and brilliant, we asked them to run us through it for an Artist’s Guide.
Blair: Anna and I got drunk and watched Mad Max – Fury Road one night. I loved how they had a character in the film who played guitar while hanging off a massive truck stacked with speakers. It got me thinking what kind of riff I would play if I were in that situation and had to get hundreds of people pumped up while being ominous and crazy. I ran downstairs and started playing the main riff to ‘Bullet Farm’, and we ended up just taking the song from there and making it into a big supercharged rock banger. The lyrical content played second fiddle to the energy and vibe.
Blair: So the day after we wrote ‘Bullet Farm’, we were buzzed off this idea of writing songs that would exist in the Mad Max universe. I sat down and started playing the main riff to ‘War Boys’, and the structure of the whole song came together effortlessly. We decided to make a conscious effort with the lyrics on this one and devoted them entirely to the Mad Max world. Every line in the song has some sort of reference to the film.
All Dressed Up For Nothing
Anna: I wrote ‘All Dressed Up For Nothing’ when I was feeling a bit low and felt like I was in a bit of a rut. The song is about putting your all into something only to be let down and have your heart broken but then also realising that you love and rely on the very person that hurt you. Although this is a sad song, over the years, as I have grown as a person, I feel like it’s taken on a new meaning to me about balancing being independent and also having a strong bond with someone and how those two qualities can be beautiful together. It’s a really great song to play live because musically and lyrically, it is quite vulnerable, and it’s a nice break from the fast-paced, energetic songs in our set.
I Don’t Need A Lot
Blair: We wrote this song back in 2019, and I think at the time, we were struggling with it a wee bit. The main body of the song lives in a kind of queens of the Stone Age-esque sound, which we were cool with, but it wasn’t really setting our world on fire. We recorded a demo of it and ended up adding this crazy, Rage Against The Machine-esque bridge and breakdown, which tied it all together and, to us, gave the song a unique element that made it special. Lyrically it’s just about being pissed off at people… lol.
Blair: ‘Zero’ was a song where we wanted to experiment with doing some Prodigy-esque rock/electronic riffs and beats. We had a really cool instrumental for the chorus and breakdown with a bunch of jagged guitars and loads of energy. When we got together to write the vocals for it, the whole thing was written within 10 minutes, we got a vibe going, and it all just flowed out. Again I think this song – like a lot of the EP – is just about being pissed off with the world and having that anger be vented within a badass-sounding song.
23 Never Me
Blair: We wrote ’23 Never Me’ about losing a friend and realising that it’s actually for the best because the relationship was just toxic. The chorus for ’23’ is probably the catchiest thing we have ever written, and the song goes off live big time; people seem to resonate with it. ■
Dead Pony’s EP ‘War Boys’ is out now.