It’s been about six years since the release of The Pons‘ last album, The Blackest Shine, recorded at Cacophony Recorders with Erik Wofford at the helm. This was around the time the Austin-based band was coming into its own as a solid three-piece rock/pop trio, and the album itself was a heartfelt tribute to “people getting through dark periods and shining, in spite of what’s going on,” according to songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Thomas Mazzi. Longtime friends Mazzi, bassist Ruby Painter and drummer Steve Sanders also felt connected as family, and those tight bonds made playing and improvising together even more rewarding.
Then, as it goes – and many an artist will tell you this – life happened. The Pons didn’t break up, but put their music-making temporarily on the back burner to allow for regrouping and working on song ideas. This year, The Pons mark their return with Joe Mullins on keys and guitar, and shine some more on their new EP Everything Must Go, the first in a series of digital releases planned in the coming months. You’ll have a chance to check out the new tunes at their release party at 8 p.m. tomorrow night at The Highball, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd. They’ll be joined by their friends, Austin’s killer Queen cover band Magnifico, perform at 10 p.m.
More new music on the way. Recommended.