“I could have been a contender” is one of Marlon Brando’s most famous lines from the 1954 movie, On The Waterfront. Ironic, as Brando went on to be one of the most recognisable actors in film history. What haunts me about this quote is how accurately it can be applied to my life. All the missed opportunities I’ve had. Relationships that were never fully realised, invitations to events I shied away from and a failed audition for the new Star Wars films. So many possibilities that came and went. However, the chance to hear Pit Pony and their latest single, Opportunity Went, comes not once in a lifetime, but as many times as you like.
Newcastle’s noisy nuisances have released a fun yet abrasive case of fuzzy garage rock that has catchy and electrifying guitar riffs, vocal hooks for days and a blistering rhythm section. The pace displayed in the opening is exquisite, it never falters – it genuinely feels like the band are playing as hard and as fast as they can, as if their life depended on it. The drums play a vital role throughout Opportunity Went too, staying in a constant state of frantic control. While rushing through, North East twanged vocals sprawl across the minefield of guitars, full of attitude and conviction. What astounds most is the textures of all the different sounds. Fighting for breathing room, but ultimately impatient as everyone is given time to shine; from the beginning growl to the shimmering heights of the chorus.
Opportunity Went is a delightful frenzy. Blink, and you’ll miss it. But if you do it slow enough, you’ll witness a rapid, energetic burst of alt-rock that shows no mercy.
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