Ryan And Pony – ‘Fast As I Can’

Indie pop group The Melismatics have been a fixture of Minneapolis for the past ten years, and two of their members, Ryan and Pony, have started releasing music as a duo. First single, ‘Low’ draws from contemporary hits, while the follow-up, ‘Fast As I Can’, exemplifies all their compositional strengths.

The video for the song shows the pair as cartoons: rocking avatars who battle evil spectres in a fantasy landscape. For a while, it looks dicey for the pair. But magic – true music – always comes out on top.



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. ‘Fast As I Can’ is catchy, it’s witty, it’s melodically inventive, and it drives its chorus home with absolute conviction. It draws equally from contemporary hits, throwback new wave, oddball ’80s college rock, Motion City Soundtrack-like fizz-pop, and electronic music. The track is propelled by drummer Peter Anderson, who has played with The Honeydogs, The Ocean Blue, and Run Westy Run. Together, they’ve crafted a song that absolutely suits the pace and feel of anime – a dizzy, hyper-kinetic thriller that hurtles toward a wholly satisfying ending in a gorgeous blur.

Check out Ryan And Pony’s Facebook page for further info about the duo and their music.

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Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email lisa@essentiallypop.com

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