Hot Sauce Pony unleash their debut album, the unquestionably defined ‘Hot Sauce Pony’, to be released on Brixton Hillbilly on May 3.

The four piece have been building a buzz around their unique combination of richly textured distorted beauty and gnarly punk rock punch, gaining column inches and airplay alike with the singles ‘Burnt Ends’ – a tantalising taster clocking in at just over a minute long – and the twin vocal tantrums and pendulum-like groove of ‘What You Don’t Know’.

‘Hot Sauce Pony’ the album widens the palate of aural exotica even further, all aided and abetted by the unmistakable sonic hallmarks of Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey), who recorded and engineered the whole thing at his now world-famous Electrical Audio studios in Chicago.

Reference points are way too numerous to mention in full, but reviewers have pointed to the Lemmy-like clunk of Stephen Gilchrist’s bass, the parallels between Anna Dodridge’s metronomic rhythms and the finest moments of Can and Neu! The feedback-soaked guitar of Ross Davies, routed through a maze of effects pedals, would be equally at home on a classic Sub Pop or 4AD release, or the more rebellious end of the math rock spectrum. Caroline Gilchrist’s vocals, meanwhile, are invariably delivered straight from the heart but always with an air of siren-like mystery and shapeshifting intensity that keeps you on a knife edge.

Having cut their teeth on the same South London gig circuit that honed the skills of Shame, Goat Girl, Warmduscher and Black Midi, they’ve become a must-see live act and the album captures and bottles that white hot excitement perfectly. ‘Crusher’, ‘Crumble’ and ‘Doom Lord’ mercilessly toy with the listener’s emotions, switching from intimate vulnerability to riff heavy rampage without warning. From the lilting, almost folky melancholy of ‘Christmas in Prison’, to the jabbing sassiness of ‘Ho’ or the seas of sprawling distortion on ‘My Pet Hate In 6/8’ and ‘Louder’, this album has it all.

Watch Crusher video

Hardcore fans, meanwhile, are being offered the possibility of getting their hands-on vinyl copies of ‘Hot Sauce Pony’ at half price, through their special Bandcampy Investor scheme – once they reach 300 supporters, then you can get your hands on the vinyl. For full details, see

Be one of the first 50 patrons and get a copy of ‘Fenced In’ on 7″ green vinyl for free when the album dispatches.

Live Shows

1 May – Holroyd Arms, Guildford,

4 May – Camden Rocks all dayer, Londoin Camden Monarch (1pm set)

9 May.- The Old England, Bristol.

11 May – The Great Alternative at the Great Escape, The Admiral, Brighton

29 June – Quadrant, Brighton

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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