I'm tired of hearing: ?Pet Sounds is the greatest album ever? when everyone knows it?s Disintegreation. But I really like the Pony Express. Lonely Swedish Girl is head-bobbing-ly good. I?m listening to it right now... ~mk
With little knowledge of postal service or equstrian matters, a quartet of New York musicians have taken on this historic namesake and upheld its standards of quick delivery and dependability for an adoring--and growing--fan base across the New York tri-state area.
The Pony Express offers: Chris Kendi's frantic dancing-standing-up style of drumming; Brad Lauretti's heartfelt delivery of vocals and between-song asides; Mike Stoud and Steve Jewett's swerving and swinging between amp & mic, riff & harmony vocal.
The Pony Express began as a duo of inspired New York college students. After their studies failed to hold their interest. Brad Lauretti and Steve Jewett sat around and played music together. Lauretti had known Stroud and Kendi before moving to New York and played with them in high school bands. Kendi and Stoud were playing upstate (at Bard an Skidmore colleges respectively) during these formative days.
It wasn't until the summer of 1999 that Kendi, asleep in a village down the hill from the Marquis de Sade's castle in the south of France, dreamed he was the drummer of his old friend's band, The Pony Express. Though Kendi had never played drums and was still an ocean away from his musical collaborators, from that moment on the band was a trio. When Stroud abanoned his studies at Skidmore to move to New York this past summer he offered up his expert musicianship and dramatic stage presence. Jewett shifted over to bass, and the foursome was complete.