Below the Pink Pony EP (Plowboy Records)
Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Fri., Sept. 19, 2014
The FauntleroysBelow the Pink Pony EP (Plowboy Records)
Meet Alejandro Escovedo's first full-on rock band since Nineties garage/glam aggregation Buick MacKane. The Fauntleroys collide Austin's answer to Lou Reed with Richard Hell & the Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian, orchestral roots sage Nicholas Tremulis, and powerhouse drummer Linda Pitmon, once of Zuzu's Petals and now longtime linchpin in all of her husband Steve Wynn's various projects. Julian dominates the proceedings, with our favorite True Believer playing bass for the first time in his life and only getting two vocals: the opening "I'm in Love With Everything" and soulful closer "Take You Far Away." Mostly this is the 1977 NYC art-punk the Voidoids invented, slashing Stones-meet-free-jazz guitars and neo-beat lyrics. The highlight is Julian's finally fleshed-out 1978 riff "Suck My Heart out With a Straw," although a pounding, near-Sonic Youth take on the Incredible String Band's "Chinese White" comes damned close. Below the Pink Pony – a tasty tangent for all involved.