Nashville-based duo PONCÉ is a family affair. Comprised of identical twins Carson and Michael Poncé, PONCÉ create music that crosses genres – ranging from indie to synth easily. It’s quality songs with edge, and impossible not to enjoy. PONCÉ is eclectic in the best possible way. They’re a crazy talented, up-and-coming duo and this week we got to ask them a few questions.
Where did you get the name?
It’s our last name! Keeping it simple…
How did the band form?
As brothers, we’ve been playing music together since we were 12 but it formed into a conscious band when we moved to Nashville, TN about 5 years ago.
How would you describe your sound?
We like to flatter ourselves and say we sound like if Tom Petty and The Killers had a baby.
What are your influences?
Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, The Killers, Ryan Adams, HAIM
What is your songwriting process?
I usually start the process of writing two ways: inspiration from day dreaming, phrases or words I see, everyday little things or moments that happen with people can spark a song. Or I’ll be at the piano or with my guitar, and discover some sound or melody that I think could lead to something and explore that route. I probably have a few hundred voice memos collectively, all of them variations of songs that keep continuing to be built over time one idea after another. One song off the EP went from originally being about a wife who murders who cheating husband in New Orleans, to a really intimate and personal love song after I read Just Kids by Patti Smith. Inspiration can come from anywhere!
We’re going to be releasing three new singles between February and April, then release the full album, Afterglow, in late April followed by Summer touring.
What advice would you give to other bands in the rise?
We’d say make yourself do something every day that benefits the music. Make yourself try and finish that song you’re stuck on, send the 20 booking emails that might get you one show, make yourself go to a local show on a rainy Monday night to network even if you don’t want to. Trying to grow as a band can be very exponential if you just keep hustling.