Just another Fad with New Young Pony Club

The Stiff Kitten have teamed up with promoter/DJs Joe Dougan and Jim Harte to launch FAD at The Stiff Kitten every Friday. Fad is a new weekly alternative night featuring a mash up of new indie, old skool hip hop, classic tracks & quality dance music from residents Joe and Jim. The new night launches on Fri 5th Oct with London based 5 piece New Young Pony Club.

Having successfully run Radio K at McHugh’s in the city in recent years, talented promoter Joe Dougan adds “FAD is a new concept for The Stiff Kitten. They’ve successfully showcased bands before such as ASH but FAD nights will be mix of great bands and exciting DJs delighting in a plethora of genres”. Also watch out for flourishing Sketchy DJs who take to the FAD stage at the end of October.

London based 5 piece New Young Pony Club exploded onto the UK music scene in 2006 with a coveted slot on the NME Rave Tour alongside The Klaxons and CSS. Effortlessly marrying dance music with rock and pop, the band were quick to dismiss the ‘New Rave’ tag, and quickly proved, through tracks like ‘Ice Cream’ and ‘The Bomb’ that their music had none of the transitory qualities of their apparent peers. Their incendiary debut LP ‘Fantastic Playroom’ was released on July 9th to instant praise from the UK music press, as well as a nomination for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize. A classic Morrissey/Marr axis lies at the warm, beating heart of NYPC – production guru Andy playing Mr Music to frontwoman/ singer Tahita’s all-mouth-and-trousers. It’s a singular chemistry that’s marked NYPC as one of 2007’s most talked-about, must-hear, must-see bands.

They have already achieved plenty. NYPC singles “Get Lucky”, “Ice Cream” and “The Bomb” have already proved irresistible. Simultaneously targeting heads, hearts and feet, these were glorious tunes that left the safe harbour of easy categorisation for the clear blue seas of ‘anything goes’. “Indie” or “dance”, perhaps – but only in the same way that you might say that about Talking Heads, Blondie or ESG. Anyway, they easily made good on the band’s hopes: to put the fun back, and get people dancing.

Now NYPC have done more than perhaps would be reasonably expected of a great singles band: they’ve made a great album. In fact, with their unconventional backgrounds – Andy a graduate of UOL: The University Of Life, with his peace-activist, CND-mad mum and Tahita raised in transit somewhere between Egypt, a Greek motorway and New York City – you might say Fantastic Playroom is the album they’ve been destined to make all their lives.

They put out “Ice Cream” in early 2005. 500 copies. The response was insane. Instantly playlisted on XFM and eventually spangling its ankles onto MTV2 in The States. They signed to like-minded label Modular, home to The Avalanches, Cut Copy and Wolfmother. They found fans in David Bowie, Lily Allen and Stella McCartney. Lead singer Tahita lit up NME’s “Cool List”. Then they wheeled out the big guns, muscling up their live show with Sarah Jones (drums), Igor Volk (bass) and Lou Hayter (keyboards), making the NYPC on-stage experience a complimentary, but very different, one to NYPC on-record. Tahita says “The lyrics of our songs are provocative. Whether sexually provocative or intellectually provocative. Who says you can’t have songs that have a cultural resonance, that have a sing-a-long chorus, that make you go away and think, make you want to fall in love with somebody or dance?”.

Tickets for the launch of FAD with NYPC are £9, or £10 on the door. There is free entry to the next FAD on 12th Oct with ticket stub. Regular admission prices are £4 before 11pm £5 after. Tickets on sale from
/ Virgin / The Stiff Kitten bar.
Drinks promos: Jack Daniels / Bottles of Stella / Stolichnya Vodka – All £2

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