Seattle garage rock duo Pony Time’s roots are quite literally super-charged. After helping a mutual friend install a stereo, Luke Beetham took Stacy Peck as his electrician apprentice (yes, Beetham actually owns an electric company). Noticing a spark between them (pun), it didn’t take long before they decided to start writing music together. Since then they’ve released three records and are now preparing their fourth, Rumours 2: The Rumours Are True, out September 11th.
The album’s title is, in fact, an allusion to Fleetwood Mac’s classic Rumors. They claim that it was recorded in a similar fashion to its namesake, minus the love affairs and cocaine. However, their latest single, “Time Tells Me”, does thematically feel like a Stevie Nicks cut, with Beetham pondering unrequited love.
“I was seeing someone and I really quite liked her,” Beetham tells Consequence Of Sound, “But it’s about that moment of realization that the feeling isn’t reciprocated, and it seems to make no difference to them if you’re dating or not. So it can be a maddening thing. So don’t worry about it, I’ll just leave. It’s not your deal.”
Peck’s drums open the ferocious track, with Beetham’s guitar slowly escalating and gradually accumulating more fuzz as time goes on. Despite the upbeat tempo, Beetham’s shaky voice captures the true melancholy of the song. The lyrics come across as an in-the-moment revelation, singing, “Time tells me that I’m true/ But I’m falling in and out of love with you.” It’s a ballad disguised as a rock anthem, with Beetham contemplating what he had and what he lost. Nicks and co. would be proud.
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