NYPC (now New Young Pony Club) are back with a new name and a new album. We spoke to front woman Tahita Bulmer about writing about break-ups, taking ages over an album and more.
1) They Had Fun Making NYPC
"We were much happier and freer making NYPC than (last album, 2010's) The Optimist. Personally speaking our lives were more settled. Creatively speaking after 2007's Fantastic Playroom we were pretty burned out. We toured that record for almost 3 years and a lot of stuff happened in that time both to us and within the industry. We felt more more confident and happy in the studio over 2011/12. We can't really churn out albums. There's definitely a real push in the industry for bands to increase their output, presumably because the public are over stimulated and have a very short attention span at the moment. But an album is a statement that exists long after the mood of the times has changed. So its very important to us that each track has longevity, is a classic. We definitely made NYPC for ourselves with little thought as to who else was doing what else in music. We had much more fun. We will continue in this way."
2) They're Singing About Relationship Power Struggles
"(Some of the songs may be about) domination and submission, (but) perhaps they are about something else. It seems very much to be about a desire to be recognised for your worth. Like 'use me for my strength. Don't use your strength against me' and don't use me to make yourself feel better. Its a plea for respect from those who love you or profess to love you. Human relationships are always shaded with domination and submission but the person dominating has be acknowledge and respect the fact that the person submitting, chooses to do so, for whatever purpose - to help their partner feel strong, to give them hope, to protect them or what have you. Overtime is about the end of relationship. Its a big diva ish track and we probably fought that for a long time before we just gave in to its overwrought massiveness. We're very proud of it because we went to hell and back with it and now it sounds huge. Plus its got a diaphonic vocal movement in the middle which was something we really wanted to experiment with having seen the Bulgarian Ladies Choir at the Barbican. Its a big old fashioned pop song thats essentially trying to make your hair stand on end."
3) New Rave Wasn't Dance Music's Final Hurrah
"There's lots of very exciting electronic music around at the moment, John Talabot, Flume, Jai Paul, John Hopkins and Daniel Avery to name but a few but most of that is kicking around the underground. New Rave was probably the last time there was such a massive assault on the mainstream by underground electronic artists and there are plenty of artists that wouldn't be in the charts now without that movement kicking the door in."