PRESENTED BY KATIE WARNER
Tommy met Ruby behind a tree in his backyard. She was wearing OshKosh overalls, had her hair in tiny pigtails, and rode a BMX bike. Despite their age difference (Tommy is old enough to be Ruby's older brother or maybe a cousin from her aunt's previous marriage), they played music together for the first time that night and have since recorded over 60 songs together in three different bands. The Pons formed in late 2007 in Austin, Texas.
Ruby Painter / bass, vocals
After leaving the first of those bands, Tommy and Ruby began playing as a duo using drum samples and the funky-fresh beats of Ruby's Casio keyboard, which was later stolen from Ruby's house. (Two kids in her old neighborhood are now using our beats to make their life of crime more danceable.) While recording their first album as a duo, they met Steve in a local recording studio.
Steve Sanders / drums, vocals
Tommy and Ruby only thought they knew what they needed for a back-beat when Steve walked into their lives. Steve is not only the most musical drummer they have ever met, he is also quick with a pun and makes long stories short. Steve plays the drums that play in Tommy's head when he's writing. The neighboring heads are always complaining.
Joel Mullins / keys, guitar, vocals
Tommy, Ruby, and Steve met Joel while Joel was fronting the band Tammany Hall Machine. They asked him to stop doing that and join their band. After four years of pressuring him and convoluting his life with recording sessions and shows, Joel finally agreed to join, but only after drinking two bottles of red wine. To this day, he doesn't remember joining the band.
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