Ponytail to release new album; Dustin Wong on their touring plans, "Infinite Love," and salvia
Today, the official announcement came: the album is called "Do Whatever you Want all the Time," and will be released April 12.
It will be released by label We Are Free, which posted the image at right on its website. (The band had also made a cryptic announcement about the album on its blog several months ago.)
New album or not, Wong said the band has no plans yet to tour together. He's going on a solo European tour in April, so that would seem to put Ponytail shows, if they were to happen, off until after Spring.
For now, he intends to keep performing and recording solo.
"The advantage of working alone is that it's all you. You're responsible," he said. "You can make any changes without asking anybody. You can do whatever you want."
The disadvantage? "You can't play off anybody. There isn't much surprise because of that. A lot of times when you're playing with somebody, you're surprised at what they're coming up with. I definitely miss that aspect."
He has planned collaborations with other musicians - most recently with Dave Hartley, of the Philly band The War on Drugs - but those will only be occasional.
Here's the top of the preview of Wong's show tonight:
Dustin Wong was in labor. Felt like he was in labor, anyway.
It was his 27th birthday and he was riding a powerful, shroom-inspired psychedelic trip that made him think he was about to give birth. This was a year ago. He was in his Mount Vernon apartment, went to his bed, lay back and pushed.
"I felt this love, and I kept repeating that," he said. "That's where the name 'Infinite Love' came from."
The rest of the preview is here. Cut from the piece are Wong's plans for his next solo album.
While "Infinite Love" moves at a dizzying speed, like a spinning kaleidoscope or a Hunter S. Thompson book, he's going for a slower pace for the work in progress.
That's mainly thanks to his experimentation with the hallucinogenic Salvia.
"It's a very strange effect. If you can imagine being the carts in a rotating ferris wheel," he said. "I'm trying to incorporate that into the recording process somehow."