Single Review | Dead Pony | Maneater

Just when you thought they were ready to retire for the year, Glasgow based quartet Dead Pony have dropped another brand new single Maneater just in time for Christmas. But there is nothing festive about this industrial belter, Dead Pony’s take on Nelly Furtado’s noughties classic Maneater is more like a gift from Krampus than Santa.

Fresh from supporting Mother Mother on their UK & European tours, Dead Pony have had an incredible year. From major festival appearances, sell out headline shows and a critically acclaimed EP War Boys, Dead Pony have just gone from strength to strength even gaining the seal of approval from Geordie icon Sam Fender himself. So it came to fan delight when they announced they would be dropping a new single before the year was out.

Dead Pony @ Tenement Trail 2022
©Anne Kelly

Now covers are always a risky territory for any band, but from the first synth sound, Dead Pony take complete ownership of Maneater. Singer Anna’s voice elevates beside the heavy synth and mechanical sound. Soft, sweet and powerful all at the same time, her voice is astonishingly unique and compliments the melody hauntingly.

What I love about the original version of this song is the devilish 80’s inspired synth vibes and Dead Pony’s composition is just as good with the haunting melodic quality being retained. You would be forgiven for thinking this was an original Dead Pony song. It shares the same high energy found the War Boys EP and should it ever get a physical release, Maneater would fit perfectly as an added bonus track. Definitely worth a listen.

Maneater – Dead Pony
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