Posted by Danni Le Toullec on September 24, 2010
New Young Pony Club fans have been waiting patiently for the follow up to the much loved, highly underrated Fantastic Playroom, which was released in 2007 through Modular. Influenced by break ups, the ups and downs of the music industry, and life in general, The Optimist exposes a more vulnerable side to the band and sees them exploring a more challenging lyrical terrain. Comparing the two, their debut was akin to a fun, kinky and quickly satisfying one night stand with tracks like ‘Ice Cream’, ‘The Bomb’ and ‘The Get Go’. The Optimist is more like a tempestuous love affair that takes you through the intimacy, heartbreak and happier times with that classic NYPC beat and hypnotic vocals. ‘Lost a Girl’, ‘Oh Cherie’ and ‘Stone’ transport you to the tear-soaked pillow, to the core of love’s calamities. Self-produced and released, this album shows that sometimes the harder you fall, the higher you bounce.
Covered: Break ups, the rewards of self-producing, Australian food cravings and the new light/dark NYPC.
Danielle Le Toullec: So you arrived in Australia last night for the Parklife circuit as well as some side shows, where did you fly in from?
Andy Spence: We’re in Brisbane now, just come from London, we finished our festival circuit the weekend before last. We had about a week and a half off and that’s about the most time we’ve had off all summer so it was nice… As we’ve been doing festivals rather than concerts, we’ve been away for a weekend, back home for a couple of days and that.
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