Soda Pony members Patrick Hamilton and Aiden Tentrees can often be found scouring the corners of Whitehorse's various dump freestores in search of costumes for their next show. They have been scouring these same dumps for the last decade, and the dumps always abide them with something newly strange and/or stylish. These early dump visits roughly correlate to Hamilton and Tentrees' first musical collaborations; they have been playing music together in various bands since their early teens, culminating in 2013 with the formation of Soda Pony.
With a new full-length album tucked into their waistline, Soda Pony truly kills during their live performances. Hamilton, playing bass synthesizer with his left hand while also hammering at his drum kit, keeps the course steady for Tentrees' hooks and leads, alternating between organ and crunchy electric guitar. Meanwhile, the duo trade off vocals (frequently even in the course of the same song), adding to their charismatic, playful dynamic. The songs are clever, musically sophisticated, tightly arranged, and most of all, performed with original, forceful spirit.
Far from romanticizing life in the north, Soda Pony's songs subvert regional clichés with a humorous mixture of small town coming-of-age tales and science fiction scenarios. But don't get the wrong idea: though the content is often funny or absurd, it is unrelentingly delivered by Hamilton and Tentrees with a raw, cutting sincerity. And this is the magic of Soda Pony's space-dump-rock style: at the heart of their original sound is their friend ship, tried and sailed through years of learning, performing, and exploring together.