In the beginning, Ponychase was the pseudonym under which Jordan Caress recorded a series of home demos. These demos didn’t quite fit into what had come to be associated with her name based on her work with Americana band Korean is Asian, or an acoustic, ambient solo record. She wondered if she could even find like-minded musicians in Nashville to help her bring this dreamy, earnest synth pop to life. She serendipitously met Beth Cameron, formerly of the beloved Nashville band Forget Cassettes, who had just returned to Nashville after a brief stint in Chicago. After an exchange of demos and favorite records, Cameron, a talented singer/songwriter and guitarist, was on board. Jordan enlisted her talented brother Alex Caress, to play synths, and electronic drummer Brian Siskind (co-producer of Caress’s 2008 EP), thus creating a foursome bound by blood and a long musical history. In March of 2014, Ponychase released their debut full-length album, Parade of Youth, to rave reviews from local press. The Nashville Scene rated it one of the Top Ten Local Albums of the Year, writing that Ponychase's music "can fill dance floors, but it does so while tackling tough issues and sounding damned good in the bargain."