The Pons Release Their New Album “The Blackest Shine”
The title of The Pons‘ new album, The Blackest Shine, was slightly deceptive at first, perhaps calling to mind a completely different image – a black pearl, a car, dark light…even the night sky – from that of the album’s artwork. There are photos of several individuals sporting some rather impressive shiners, black eyes of varying degrees and bruised hues. Everyone, including the young boy on the front cover, looks as though they’d been through quite a lot, but there is no ready explanation. What did it all mean for the band?
KUT’s Laurie Gallardo recently sat down with vocalist and guitarist Tommy Mazzi, bassist and vocalist Ruby Painter, and drummer Steve Sanders to discuss how making the album got them through rather dark times, and how they overcame personal difficulties and those of loved ones and friends with music as a coping mechanism. This is the band’s second full-length release, and throughout you’ll discover moments of vulnerability, clarity and triumph.
The Pons are having their CD release show Friday night at The Highball, 1142 S. Lamar. The bill includes local bands STEREO IS A LIE and The Sour Notes. DJ Czech One spins between sets. It’s a free show, and the music starts at 10 p.m.