Telstar Ponies, formed in 1994 by singer and guitarist
David Keenan, are heir to the great Scottish school of noise-rock
(Jesus And Mary Chain and
Primal Scream) with roots in the Scottish school
(drummer Brendan O'Hare used to be in Teenage Fanclub).
THey debuted with the single Maps And Starcharts (Fire, 1994).
The following single,
Not Even Starcrossed (Fire, 1995), marked the entrance of
guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Devine.
And Devine's The Moon Is Not A Puzzle is the highlight of
In The Space Of Few Minutes (Instant Mayhem, 1996), an album
that stretches the boundaries of psychedelic-rock with
drummer Brendan O'Hare's kraut-rock homages
Innerhalb Weniger Minuten and Lugengeschichte, although
most songs are still timid ditties like Her Name.
The EP Mors factum Musica (Instant Mayhem, 1996) includes the
12-minute psychedelic epic Does Your Heart Have Wings and
shows tremendous progress.
With the addition of keyboardist Richard Youngs and a wealth
(Devine plays piano, tin whistle, metal percussion,
violin, chanting, tin-can, headphones, keyboard, hairbrush, gong, while
Keenan plays bowed guitar, mandolin, bucket, keys, bells, amp-heat, reverb
unit, glove, whistling, bottle-opener, tremolo, bottle, etc), second album
Voices From The New Music (Fire, 1997)
bent heavily towards free-jazz, German avant-rock and Japanese noise-rock.
Devine's Brewery Of Eggshells is the most accessible track, but the
core of the album is elsewhere.
Bells For Albert Ayler,
Voices From The New Music,
A Little Cloud,
Sail Her On,
A Feather On The Breath,
The Fall Of Little Summer,
Does Your Heart Have Wings?,
Song Of Ansuz,
Before the album was released,
O'Hare and Laird had already left to start
and months later O'Hare joined Mogwai.
David Keenan then recorded the autobiographic concept album
Phantom Engineer (Paperhouse, 1999),
mostly improvised with a new trio.
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