Tyneside quintet Pit Pony will release their debut album World To Me on July 1 through Clue Records. It will feature recent ripper “Black Tar” as well as new single “Supermarket”. The group’s singer Jackie Purver says:
“This one is a bit more of a storytelling exercise. Spliced experience to make a bit of narrative about two people with unfinished business or perhaps things unsaid but not to be resolved, or are they? Andrew (guitarist) brought the basis of the song which has a very strong krautrock vibe with the motorik beat and same bass throughout.
“The monotonous start and heavy repetition really leant itself to that kind of everyday kitchen sink narrative. It then slowly gets more frenetic over time and wild towards the end, like most tumultuous relationships do. In terms of influence I’d just read/watched Normal People by Sally Rooney and been listening to Taylor Swift’s Folklore album so take from that what you will.”
The unassuming, bass-led intro to “Supermarket” provides an ideal undercurrent for Pit Pony’s romp through heartbreak, and Purver nimbly hops her voice onto the track and starts unloading her narrator’s pain; “Sometimes I think I see you / In a car on a street / In a supermarket queue / And then I’m turning away again / ‘Cause I don’t want to face you.” Her admissions only get more raw from there, and Pit Pony turn up the wind-tunnel force of their instrumental bluster, perennially picking up pace across the song’s frantic five minutes. Purver’s voice also accelerates, moving on from the conversational opening to full-throated neurosis as she questions “after all this time / how could I know you?” The answer doesn’t come, but Pit Pony’s gale force might does, and they rampage with hair-raising fluidity to the song’s finale.
Watch the video for “Supermarket” below or find the song on streaming platforms.