Anyone who has seen Baltimore noisemakers Ponytail play will know what an inspiring and uplifting experience it can be—seeing Dustin Wong and Ken Seeno weaving spaghetti-like patterns of guitar over Jeremy Hyman’s fearsome drum beats and singer Molly Siegel’s joyous yelps was always one of the highlights of the live music calendar.
Despite playing a number of shows over the past summer, the band has announced that its appearance at Whartscape is likely to be its last. “The [Ponytail] set at Whartscape would probably be the last show in a while,” said Wong, who has a solo album due on Thrill Jockey. “Everybody is off going about their own endeavors, which is really exciting, I think.”
Anyone mourning the loss of such an original talent can rest easy, as plenty of music should be forthcoming from the individual members. “Ken’s writing his own music and Molly is on a journey to find her self and Jeremy drums for the Boredoms now,” Wong continued. “I think its really good, and if by chance the scattered happens to gather again, it would be another interesting experiment.” That moment can’t come soon enough. In the meantime, the band’s 2008 album, Ice Cream Spiritual, is absolutely worth snapping up for anyone yet to be converted to the cause.