PONCÉ, password:password, The Prescriptions
PONCÉ is a dynamic, Nashville rock duo consisting of twin brothers Carson and Michael Poncé. The twins efficiently cross genres; from classic, harmony-driven melodies reminiscent of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, to modern, synth-led pop productions with melodic guitar leads evocative of The Killers and HAIM.
“PONCÉ has zeroed in on what makes a good marriage of earnest pop and glossy rock, and they’ve channeled it into a batch of eight danceable, hook-laden songs.” - NASHVILLE SCENE
Originally hailing from east-central Indiana, the brothers grew up in a musical household, both taking the required one-year of piano lessons taught by their mother before she would allow them to enter the world of poorly covered Weezer and Nirvana songs.
Their debut EP ‘Afterglow’ was released in April 2017 and has garnered spins on over 50 college radio stations throughout the country and has generated licensing deals with MTV, Netflix, NASCAR and E! among others. The twins toured most of 2018, playing over 70 dates but got back into the studio to start work on their untitled, sophomore release slated for Fall 2019. PONCÉ has enjoyed opening for Bomba Estéreo, PHOX, Andy Frasco, Matt Thiessen, CBDB and The Ataris.
“Every track is absolutely glowing with their genre-bending talent. The majority of the recording belongs alongside the best of the best of yesteryear, and we’ve been spinning it on repeat.” - IMPOSE MAGAZINE
“The brothers have that “twin-bond” which makes for tight riffs and a cohesive overall sound that should bring them far.” - PANCAKES AND WHISKEY
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For Birmingham native Hays Ragsdale, songwriting became second nature early on, however it was a creative outlet that he mostly kept to himself. His outlook changed, however, after moving to Nashville in the fall of 2014, when family friend and Nashville music veteran Chas Williams convinced him that his songs had an audience. So Hays decided to seek out a group of experienced musicians and naturally turned to fellow Nashville transplants formerly involved in Birmingham's tight-knit music community. Luckily, he found some familiar faces: Longtime friend and bassist Parker McAnnally was recruited first, who soon suggested accomplished guitarist Jack Thomason and his college classmate, Houston-raised drummer John Wood. All drawn to the musical environment in Nashville for similar reasons, the four-piece quickly discovered a common vision and formed The Prescriptions.
While The Prescriptions may come by their Southern style of narrative storytelling honestly, they refuse to rest on the laurels of their musical heritage. Songs like “She Is Waiting” prove that they’re just as comfortable launching into a heavy, alt-country breakdown as they are a world-weary lyrical stream of consciousness. The Prescriptions channel a broad range of influences, from the aching, unaffected honesty of ‘70s folk titans like Neil Young, to the guitar-driven melodies of The Strokes’ early recordings and the experimental energy of Wilco.
The band is set to start recording their first full length album at the legendary Sound Emporium Studios this spring. It’s clear that The Prescriptions are somewhat of a rarity in the modern musical landscape: a group of close friends that are more concerned with pushing each other’s creative boundaries rather than pushing a sound you’ve heard before. - Hilli Levin