We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of High Pony’s new song “Cushion To Come Down” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Seen a Change, which is scheduled to be released on December 1st through all major digital distributors.
When asked about the new song, vocalist/guitarist Seth Goldman commented:
“I wanted this song to hit you right in the gut and bleed all over you from the get-go. This track is supposed to capture that feeling when you are down on your knees, with your back against the wall, ready to fight back even if it kills you because at a certain point, you have only two choices: to give up or fight back harder than ever. When I wrote the lyrics I was tired of seeing all my friends and family work so hard and seemingly get nowhere, except stuck in more pain and confusion.
These are insane times- greed is rewarded, but singularity, imagination, empathy, and a good work ethic seem like ancient fossils. The whole first verse is a shout into the abyss, the face of the enemy, all the things we pray to have taken care of in order to protect each other from darkness. The second part of the song deals with the way I used to deal with my shit, which was to not deal with it, by hiding in various substances and nasty places, in the presence of shady people (myself being one of them).
I mention ‘demons at night sing to me always,’ referring to a presence in my childhood home that used to scream my name at night and scream so hideously that it would wake me up and chill me to the core. Whatever it was lived in constant torment and wanted my mom and I to feel the same rage, regret, and bitterness. Since I moved out of that brownstone, I have never had any other extraordinary happenings. Till this day I still have nightmares about it and I will always have that energy with me because it made an imprint on me at such a crucial age.”
Though this song is one of the darkest and most aggressive on the album, it is also one of the most intrepid and anthemic. Pete’s madman drums and Jay’s melodic driving bass keep the song propelling you forward, whereas in the hands of many, it would just fall into the dingy muddiness it often threatens to at every second. Ben Johnson’s heroic guitar part kicks into full earcandy when the chorus comes in as Seth and Ben sing in unison, ‘all the lights on the ground/ a cushion to comedown,” which are lyrics that Seth wrote on a plane coming home from St. Louis in the dark night with city lights sprinkling the land below.
“At the time I hadn’t had a vacation for so long, but coming to visit my mom and grandma gave me a peace I hadn’t known for a while. On the plane that night the world below didn’t seem so daunting. In fact it almost seemed like a playground and I loved being above it all, ostensibly an unfathomable distance from ambitions, stress, failures and regret. In Cushion to Comedown, I wanted us to carve out that space for the listener. That peaceful, cathartic place where you feel like a kid ready for a field day. I had this image of total freedom. If this secrets out, then you can just scream in the dark and no one can stop you. I wanted to taste that spirit of being a human just screaming into the darkness without a single worry. We have gotten so far away from that, but I truly believe music is one of the few vehicles still running that can take us back there at any point.”
The songs ultimate release comes when you are dropped off that night plane into Ben and Seth’s dizzying, fuzzy, brain tingling guitar interplay, over which Seth sings from the summit, “Life is hard/ keep on burning/ keep on burning/ know there ain’t no peace here/ keep on learning/ keep on yearning.”
Then comes the devastating gut punch where Pete’s drums explode as Seth proclaims fervently that no matter how confusing things get in the worst of times, we will never lose sight of our purest souls and convictions.
High Pony’s 36 minute debut is a fearless journey. It is often sweet, gentle, raw, and vulnerable but can in a moment take you on a desert road in the pitch black, headlights off, going 150 MPH with your wheels about to fly off. It is that ever present dichotomy, along with unflinching determination to dance on that precarious tight rope, that makes the album damn near impossible to turn away from.
Catch High Pony on Saturday, December 2nd at King Killer Studios (69 2nd Ave Brooklyn, NY) for their LP release show with Two Inch Astronaut and Yazan, where $5 gets you free beer and a free copy of their vinyl Seen a Change.