Once Retro arrives in the city with his band mates, their world is flipped upside down. No longer were they the rising celebrities on the block as they were back home, but now much lower on the totem pole.
One of Momma's Boy's biggest rivals when it comes to holding similar audiences is the band Rockabilly and the Bronco Boyz. This band is, of course, led by a beautiful Pegasus named Rockabilly, but often going by Billy or Rocky.
Rockabilly embodies everything Retro Dash is on stage, but does it to a cleaner degree, capturing the hearts of the teen parents, who value the Pegasus's kid friendly appearance, stage presence, lyrical composition, etc. in comparison to Retro and his more emtional, punk-like adult oriented music that their children flock to.
Rocky's family-friendly demeanor is all a facade and Retro is aware of it. Billy uses it to climb the ranks of the music world, manipulating his audience into believing he is this icon of purity and gentlemanly desire. This intimidates Momma's Boy greatly as it is made up of the more loud and proud, cruder members of society; smoking and drinking while preforming, cursing within their music, etc.
The larger Pegasus leads with his handsome greaser aesthetic while Retro is more dark and grungey. Rocky advocates for all inclusive familial musical listenability while Retro performs mostly adult oriented music for an adoring teen audience who's parents often protest the listening of. While Rocky's music is upbeat and lighthearted, Retro spouts off emotional ballads, rebel-esque lyrics to incite rebellion, and songs of love lost. It's a battle of two musically gifted Pegasi, but only one you can take home to mom.
Retro refuses to build up a celebrity persona in order to grow his band's reputation. Some members like Baxter Belle encourage his bandmates to clean up their act a bit, but little to no avail; they don't believe in faking it to the top. Take them as they are or let them fade away with time.
Rockabilly was originally designed by Russmindjk and can be seen here:
Ooh, I really like the subtle contrast in their designs, how Billy and Retro both have the 50's greaser asthetic, but Billy leans more towards the family-friendly "rogue with a heart of gold" like Happy Days' Fonzie look, while Retro has a more grunge look like a Hell's Angel biker or punk roughneck. Their expressions are so well-done, you can easily get a feel for both their personalities, how Billy likes to rub in his popularity while Retro can barely stand him, and I'm still a fan of how you draw their muzzles and nose and how the shapes of their faces fit their personalities too. Tabbi's comment in the background is also hilarious, especially how she calls Billy's ass beautiful while encouraging Retro to kick it.
I also like how the contrast extends to their musical stylings too, with Billy being more family-friendly like pop rock or soft rock but only to be popular with mainstream parents, and Retro being more hardcore like punk rock, hard rock, and rock ballads that appeal more to rebellious teens, and how Retro and his bandmates won't change who they are to become popular and their audience can either take them as they are or leave. I feel like Retro's got the better idea though, since if Billy's facade is exposed, it could lead to scandal and his fans leaving him, while Retro has nothing to hide so his fans are true and is performing for the sake of performing rather than for popularity.
I can definitely see Rockabilly as related to either Svengallop or Lightning Dust as suggested by Nautilus18 below (Lightning Dust would especially work well since Retro's mom is Rainbow Dash, so their rivalry would be like moms, like sons), though the first pony that popped in my mind when seeing Rockabilly's coloration was Sassy Saddles interestingly. Looking forward to seeing more of the rivalry between Mama's Boy and the Bronco Boyz!
I'm glad you like him! Billy is really growing on me as well; he was an impulse buy haha!
I've already got a lot planned for his own story as well as getting involved in Retro's arc, he's already been a lot of fun to brainstorm with, but I am having trouble picking ponies and/or other creatures to be in his band. I just can't decide on how I want that to work in comparison to Retro and his bandmates, since they are in fact, meant to mirror them in some ways.
Thank you for always leaving such nice comments on my pony work ^^ I always look forward to reading them, they really brighten my day and encourage me to work more on my stories(: <3
For Billy’s bandmates I’m sure you’ve already gotten suggestions about making the contrast with their fellow counterparts in Mama’s boy. But you could also have their group dynamic be perhaps more for show as we’ve been told Billy plays up a band persona for his fans. Where Retro’s group is made up of friends so sure they have disagreements they still seem to stick together. Billy’s bandmates could be in the group for more personal reasons. Maybe they like the fame and attention, but are not happy being known as one of Billy’s bronco boys? Or maybe someone who is talented at what they do but is socially a group punchline. Whatever you do with them. I’m excited to see what you have planned. Been a long time fan of your art
That is a really good idea, and it's instantly giving me ideas to play around with 👀 I may take this and run with it 🤔 I've got Nessa/Tabbi's counter picked and she could really fit the role of a clout chaser. Thank you for this! And I'm glad you enjoy my work, it really gives me a drive to do more when I hear things like that ❤
Yeah, definitely! Billy makes a great addition to your verse. I can see his rivalry with Retro leading to lots of fun and interesting stories. Hmm, one thing that stands out to me about Mama's Boy is how aside from Retro, they're all hybrids or nonpony creatures, so one way for the Bronco Boyz to contrast with Mama's Boy is for them to all be ponies, which might work with the contrast between their overall musical themes and aesthetics (or they could be mostly ponies with a quadrupedal creature or two since that'd also contrast with how all the nonpony members of Mama's Boy also happen to be bipedal). You could have some members of the Bronco Boyz have a connection to their corresponding member in Mama's Boy through their parents, like perhaps one of them being a kid of Rumble's or Babs Seed to contrast Baxter's mom Sweetie Belle, or have them be next gens connected to those who already lived in Manehatten like Coco Pommel or Suri Polomare, which would also give the Bronco Boyz the added advantage of having local talent as members. Can't wait to find out what the rest of Billy's bandmates are like once you've got them figured out!
You're welcome! I'm glad you've been enjoying my comments, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of the stories you're working on!
With that smarmy "please beat the shit out of me look"/hair as well as the wings and coat coloring, it almost looks like Rockablily is the result of an unholy union between Svengallop and Lightning Dust.
You wouldn't happen to have already decided on who his parents are, would you?