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Ponytail - Kamehameha Review

by billy gamble

When an artist makes a CD they have there very own idea of what they want to do. They possess there own sounds and try to create there idea and often say that they like to do there own thing without caring about the masses. Ponytail may very well be one of these bands. From Baltimore, Maryland, Ponytail claim to be Thrash on there myspace page but after listening to there new album Kamehameha the listener can hear that there is nothing thrash/metal about it.

The entire album is extremely repetitive with screeching vocals somewhat faded into the background courtesy of the PJ Harvey influenced Molly Siegel whose shriek often resembles a dog's whimper. The entire album is simple and often sticks to basic scales that go up and down. In tracks like "Start a Corporation" and "Island Z" guitarists Ken Seeno and Dustin Wong decide to beef up there playing and get a little more technical and a tempo change as appose to the same happy upbeat waltz heard on more or less every song. The most interesting thing about the entire album is the occasional outburst from drummer Jeremy Hyman. Hyman will keep a simple easy beat that fits in with the Ponytail feel but on "Start a Corporation" and "Burning Saddles" he decides to have break out and speed up the tempo resembling the noise drumming styling's of Lightning Bolt.

Over all they are a more upbeat and technical Saxon Shore but repetitive to a painful point. There songs lack structures and most of the time songs are made up of less than 5 notes and off beat screeches.

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