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FRENCH ROCK BAND PONI HOAX IN SA IN MAY

FRENCH ROCK BAND PONI HOAX IN SA IN MAY
TO RECORD A SONG WITH SA ARTISTS AND PERFORM AT BUSHFIRE

Poni Hoax - credit Agnès Dherbeys  2 Medium

Poni Hoax is likely the first band to fuse the sophistication of Gallic dance beats with solid rock & roll attitude. Imagine if the Strokes were really as cool and debonair as they pretend to be! The band creates a mix of rock and disco with the class of Bowie and energy of Daft Punk. Their last album State of War (2013) is centered on the war exile and hope of the return. It was influenced by the war torn childhood of singer Nicolas Ker in Cambodia.


The band is back on the music battlefield as they are preparing their 4th album “Tropical Suite”, with the ambitious project to record in five different countries with local artists. Poni Hoax worldwide journey starts in Cape Town (South Africa), and then continues in Sao Paulo (Brazil), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Bangkok (Thailand), and Los Angeles (United States). In South Africa, they will collaborate with psychedelic rock guitarist Andre Geldenhuys from Fantasma.

The singer and songwriter Nicolas Ker describes this musical journey: “It's between the tropic of Cancer and the tropic of Capricorn that the climate is the most suited to the needs of the human animal, that's where it should be the most happy but at the same time it's where are found in general the most violent conflicts, the most dictatorial regimes and the most alien social policies".

Poni Hoax’s four musicians (Laurent Bardainne and Arnaud Roulin – Keyboard, Nicolas Villebrun – Guitar, Vincent Taeger – Drums) met at the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique in Paris. After graduating, they formed Poni Hoax with Nicolas Ker who they met at a local bar.

> Did you know that the group will perform at Bushfire concert on Friday May 29 at 23:15 on the stage of House on Fire Amphitheatre? If you are going to Bushfire, make sure you see them, tell what you think, takes pics and videos and post on our social media!



> If you want a preview of their new album here



The band answered few questions just for you:


1. Is it your first time in Southern Africa?
For all members of the group, yes.


2. What are you expecting from your trip to SA and Swaziland?
To feel on the other side of the world, it is an important feeling. To escape in its essence is a radical factor of inspiration.


3. How would you describe your band in few words?
A band of old decadent rockers who try to keep their dignity despite the baldness of some members.


4. What are your sources of inspiration for creating your albums?
We go with the flow of the wind.


5. Tell us about Tropical Suite?
Tropical Suite comes from the idea of recording in different places on the planet to draw inspiration from places, atmospheres and local artists. We don’t know what we'll find there, and what we will bring back. And that is what's exciting. We are going to South Africa and Brazil, Thailand, Los Angeles ...

6. Why did you choose this title ? 
Originally all the recording destinations were under the tropics, and then the project developed differently ... it is also a tribute to Duke Ellington 



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