Red Pony Clock

Sunday, August 19, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.

It's probably just as well that emo, and not indie pop, has become the soundtrack to so many suburban teenage lives. It could've gone either way, really. Thankfully, it didn't. Otherwise, acts like Red Pony Clock might be less inclined to perform at more intimate, non-traditional venues such as Rhino. Red Pony Clock's effervescent mélange of sunny psychedelia and upbeat pop recalls the legendary Elephant 6 bands, but the group takes that sound even further with its curious yet charming use of horns, bells and multiple vocalists, who each manage to sound uplifting even when the songs are bittersweet or sad. Before it became something of a fad, Clock started out with just one member, Gabe Saucedo, before morphing into a twelve-member lo-fi orchestra. The outfit's rousing live shows include moments of stand-up comedy as well as striking and poignant melodic beauty. Despite how it seems these days, it still takes more than just one emotion to create compelling music.

 
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