Photo: Alexandra Viola of Sugarfoot Media - @ Cobblestone Live Festival

Photo: Alexandra Viola of Sugarfoot Media - @ Cobblestone Live Festival

The Buffalo alt-rock group has been on a journey since their formation at SUNY Geneseo and have found a sound and lineup that has them on a track for success.
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— Pete Mason, NYS Music
The band combine an eclectic mix of jam rock and alternative to create a sound that’s garnered them a fair amount of attention.”
— Kris Kielich, The Public

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About ponder:

Ponder began in 2015 as the solo project of songwriter Gabriel Birkby, under the moniker "Ponder the Giraffe," but quickly morphed into a band after he reached out to Andy hogan (vocals/bass) and Aaron Murphy (drums) to create a group in order to play local shows and write more music. Over the college years at SUNY Geneseo, the trio continued to play together and began shaping a sound of their own, fusing elements of Funk, jazz, and rock into catchy Melody-driven groove music. They became major contributors to the Geneseo music scene, hosting numerous shows in the basement of their shared house and inviting other bands from the area, as well as touring acts, to play with them. While in school, the group recorded ‘From the Porch to the Curb’ and ‘These Words’, an eclectic set of songs written with the intention of finding a sound that the group could start carving out after graduating.

After college graduation the band decided to make Buffalo, NY their home, and changed the band name to simply "ponder". Since then ponder have made a name for themselves playing venues and festivals around western New York and its surrounding areas, as well as opening for such touring artists as New Politics, Litz, Jimkata, After Funk, The Werks and Big Something. In 2017 ponder added featured musician Andy Fisher (trumpet), and full time members Sam Shafer (vocals/Guitar), and Marcus Peters (drums) to the line-up. With plans to release new music, as well as some other surprises, 2018 has been a formative and exciting year for the group. The band is currently working in their DIY studio to garner material for upcoming spring tours.

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