Live: Dead Pony @ Bobiks, Newcastle - 11th September 2023
Rockstars in waiting Dead Pony are being talked about the length and breadth of the UK right now. The consensus in the music press is that they're destined to be huge, and they've just released Cobra, one of the singles of the year so far. It seemed rude not to check them out.
I'll put it out there right from the off - Dead Pony do not deserve to be playing small rooms above pubs. That the small room in question tonight is a long disused ballroom that is rapidly becoming the most consistently brilliant venue in Newcastle is insignificant. Dead Pony should, and soon will, be playing in much bigger rooms than this.
The Anna Shields led four-piece are in the midst of an all but sold out fourteen date UK tour. The next time they pass through this way, it'll most likely be on one of the city's university stages, with a thousand cooler-than-thou kids swearing blind that they were here tonight. The sixty or so people that packed out the tiny room, however, certainly have something to gloat about.
The all too short hour long set flew by, with latest single Cobra getting an early outing, before the band flew through a few choice cuts from their upcoming debut album. Every song was welcomed like a classic, and by the time they got to signature track (and now traditional show-closer) 23 Never Me there was not a soul in the room that wasn't convinced they'd seen something special.
See this band.
Words and photos: Thomas Jackson