Brutally direct and delicately beautiful at the same time, ‘Harmony Handgrenade’ is an album for those of you who like articulate rock music with a bite.
Oxygen Ponies frontman Paul Megna is a keen observer of obsessions and attitudes in the people he encounters. Megna is a sharp judge who doesn’t hide behind verbal niceties. At the same time, he’s a pragmatist who knows when he faces a lost cause and it’s time to stop preaching and move on.
The best way to describe the prevailing mood on ‘Harmony Handgrenade’ is probably in Megna’s own words: “I don’t care what you say/You don’t listen either way/Every one around me is on trial” (’Smile’).
What makes ‘Harmony Handgrenade’ really worth your while is that Megna can deal with big feelings like love and hate without sounding pompous or patronising. This is a very intense album which airs a long list of resentments and pet hates in a disarmingly direct and straightforward way.
Musically, The Oxygen Ponies eschew all trendy touches of Country or Folk, going for a straight rock sound instead. There’s the occasional hint of 70’s West Coast rock, but never too obvious and never too retro.
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‘Harmony Handgrenade’ is the second album of the Brooklyn, New York, based Oxygen Ponies. You can come to this album with a taste for singer songwriters or Coldplay/Elbow and I guarantee you’ll be equally impressed. If you are looking for a fresh band, check out The Oxygen Ponies.
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