IT'S FINALLY HERE! You can now order our full-length album "Moshi Moshi" from Pravda Records on beautiful clear-blue vinyl or CD. Stream or download from your favorite music service
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Ryan And Pony is a brand-new project from two indie-rockers who have been kicking around the much-vaunted Minneapolis music scene for years. Their debut album Moshi Moshi was recorded at a variety of Minneapolis studios including Flight Simulator, Flowers, Master Mix, and The Kill Room with Ryan producing. John Fields mixed and Greg Reierson mastered the album. Moshi Moshi will be available on beautiful clear blue 12” vinyl LP, CD, digital download, and via streaming services September 25th 2020 on Chicago’s Pravda Records.
Ryan is a workaholic multi-instrumentalist who has been playing lead guitar in Soul Asylum since 2016. Pony is a flamboyant performer and artist raised by deaf parents. Together they have made numerous albums and toured internationally leading The Melismatics. On Moshi Moshi they fuse Dream-Pop, post-Punk, Brit-rock, EDM, and good ol' fashioned Rock ‘n’ Roll into a sound all their own; irony, weirdness, and melody are at its heart. Peter Anderson (The Ocean Blue, Run Westy Run, The Honeydogs) adds his killer drum skills to the mix.
Ryan Smith and Pony (AKA Kathie Hixon-Smith) first met touring the U.S. in a minivan as indie-rocker Mark Mallman’s back-up band. Both Ryan’s newly launched group The Melismatics and Pony’s band Hundred Flowers started making waves in the Minneapolis scene. Before long, they joined creative forces and Pony became co-front person in The Melismatics. The Melismatics went on to release seven studio albums and several singles, play Lollapalooza, have their music used in numerous TV shows, tour internationally, and build a devoted fanbase. They also shared the stage with the likes of MGMT, The Von Bondies, Joan Jett, Plain White Tees, Shiny Toy Guns, The Jayhawks, and Soul Asylum.
After the Melismatics released their most recent album Rising Tide in 2013, the group started to slow down their rigorous touring schedule. With this break in the action, the idea for a new project took shape and the two began working on new material. The first track to come into fruition was “First Night,” a weirdly relevant song about rebirth. The duo continued recording songs for their debut album and playing local shows…
Then Soul Asylum called. Ryan joined the legendary alternative rock group as their new lead guitarist and in 2016 and became very busy touring and recording. Soul Asylum released a new album in 2020, Hurry Up And Wait which quickly became their third highest charting album to date. After that album was in the can, Ryan was able to focus on putting the finishing touches on “Moshi Moshi” and finally turning it in to Pravda – now here it comes!
“Moshi Moshi” drops September 25th on Pravda Records. The new single “Start Making Sense” is out now!
We hope you enjoy this official music video for our new single "Start Making Sense" available now on Pravda Records. This song will be featured on our forthcoming album "Moshi Moshi" out September 25, 2020.
Video by: Randy Smith. Special thanks: Lisa Smith
Thanks to The Big Takeover Magazine for premiering this new video for our single "Thunderlove!" If you like old cartoons, fast cars, sci fi, and strange angles you just might enjoy this video. Dig it !
Check out this anime music video for “Fast As I Can” directed by Sara Miscavage! This single is out now, and it will appear on the album "Moshi Moshi" due out Fall 2020.
This music video was shot at the legendary First Avenue in Minneapolis before COVID took it's grip over live music venues everywhere. This track will be on our debut album "Moshi Moshi" which drops 9-25-20.
"Album of the year, hands down!"
"Ryan And Pony Are Our Favorite New Act Of 2020"
-Rock And Roll Globe
"One of the most memorable tracks we've heard so far this year."
"Stuffed with tight hooks and bristling with propulsive, cyber-punk energy, it’s still an emotionally resonant, human record that’s timely and insightful"
"Mixes the dark tones and rhythms of post-punk and dreamy swirl of dream-pop. Totally rock 'n' roll in passion, but sweetly ebullient in pop emotion"
-The Big Takeover Magazine
"you’ll wish it would never end..."
-Stereo Embers Magazine
"Velvety patterns and textures of the harmonies, sparkling with infectious hues and creamy flavors...The combination is delightfully subtle and easy to listen to."
"A dizzy, hyper-kinetic thriller that hurtles toward a wholly satisfying ending in a gorgeous blur... They've matched the video to one of the best songs they've ever written, and they've written plenty of great ones with the Melismatics."
"A buzzing, burning slice of rock 'n' roll that has undeniable pop appeal"
"Here they fuse Dream-Pop, post-Punk, Brit-rock, EDM, and good ol' fashioned rock 'n' roll into a sound all their own; irony, weirdness, and melody are at its heart. For me, it's Tom Petty seen and heard through a kaleidoscope."
-Disciples of Sound