Mark Cullen, Darren Cullen, Jason Cullen Dave Morrissey, Rob Cumiskey
Pony Club are the music vehicle for the solo work of Mark Cullen. Hailing from Finglas, Mark was well known for his involvement in the critically acclaimed band Bawl in the 90s (later called Fixed Stars), formed with his brothers Darren and Jason. Pony Club was established in 2001 soon after Bawl/Fixed Stars parted ways, and here he was responsible for producing some of Dublin’s most sharply written pop songs. Cullen’s output with Pony Club remains unique among the Dublin indie/rock/pop bands of the 2000s in that most songs were focused on working-class culture, relationships and situations without being preachy and somehow still managing to be catchy. Essentially most Pony Club songs are full of sharp social commentary and represent the closest an Irish band ever came to matching Pulp. The instrumentation is either love it or hate it, with heavy use of keyboards and synth plus supporting rock instruments; the first album was mainly recorded in Cullen’s childhood bedroom. A better read of the man can be found here.