Report: Seapony/Jeremy Jay Live Portland


It was an indiepop love fest at Portland, Ore., venue the Holocene
on Jan. 26.


By Tim Hinely

Seattle’s Seapony released one of my favorite
records last year with the jangly Go With
on the Hardly Art label. They brought back the jangle pop goodness of
labels like Sarah and Sunday (and they even covered the former’s Field Mice,
turning in a sparkling version of “Emma’s House”).  Live, they expand to a quartet adding a very
tall bassist and a 2-drum, stand up drummer (ala Bobby Gillespie in the early
days of the Jesus and Mary Chain).  


They delivered
the jangly goods in a most righteous manner. 
I think the signature of their sound has to be Jen’s sweet, vocals mixed
with Danny’s twinkling guitar, together these two instruments made beautiful
music together. They played everything, or nearly everything, off said record
including favorites like ‘Dreaming”, “Blue Star”, “Into the Sea” and plenty
more but alas, no Field Mice cover (after the set Danny said they would’ve
played it had I, or anyone, yelled out for it…drats). Aw well, their originals
are good enough.



K Records
suavester Jeremy Jay, who is much taller than I had imagined, hails from L.A., called Olympia home
for a while and now lives in London. Jay said that they
had just flown in and that this was the first gig of the tour. The first few
songs were a bit rusty but by song 4 or so Jay and his cohorts (solemn bassist
and a petite, smiling gal on keyboards) were hitting their stride dealing out
cool pop tunes like “Just Dial My Number’ and 
“This is Our Time” (both off 2010’s Splash).  Jay also had more of a stage presence than I
imagined he would, laughing (a bit, anyway), dancing and interacting a bit with
the keyboardist (girlfriend?). 


It seems to me
that this guy could go one of two ways, get huge or fade off into obscurity
(ok, the third option is stay in the
indie middle ground which is probably what will happen). He has several records
out and each one has a handful of very good songs and while the live set was
mostly enjoyable, I think I prefer his records.




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