Grief Of A (Frozen) Sailor/Hit The Snow
Snowflake Christmas Singles Club
That's what the two sides of this seasonal single from Brighton's Jetstream Pony, part of the eight edition of the Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club, have in common, besides snow white vinyl, guitars that sound like a snow storm and sleigh bells. A-side 'Grief Of A (Frozen) Sailor' was written years ago on a winter's afternoon by guitarist Shaun Charman with his then eight year old daughter Nina, who originally sang the song. Jetstream Pony later played it at practices with lyrics tweaked by the band’s singer Beth Arzy, and now it finally finds a home on vinyl. Home, where it is safe and warm, so much better than to have to walk through the snow and the cold. Beth's vocals almost disappear in the storm of guitars in the chorus. Jetstream Pony find the inspiration for their sound in the indie scene of the 1980s and early 1990s (think post-punk and shoegaze). On the B-side of their single they cover a track of the second album of San Francisco's The Aisler Set, 'Hit The Snow'. Jetstream Pony replace the keyboards of the original with guitars, adding a raw punky edge to the catchy indie pop winter song. Jetstream Pony features Beth Arzy (The Luxembourg Signal, Trembling Blue Stars, Aberdeen, Charlie Big Time, The Fireworks) on vocals, Shaun Charman (The Wedding Present, The Popguns, The Fireworks) on guitar and backing vocals, Kerry Boettcher (Turbocat) on bass and Hannes Müller (The BV's, Endlich Bluete), who makes his debut on drums here. Since the band formed they have been very active, recording for labels like Kleine Untergrund (Germany), Shelflife (US) and recently Spinout Nuggets (UK), with many of their releases selling out fast.
- Grief Of A (Frozen) Sailor
- Hit The Snow