Pond Announce UK Tour + Festival Appearances In May
Psychedelic treats from Tame Impala side-project, current album ‘Beard Wives Denim’ out now on Modular.
“…quite possibly the best album released so far this year.” – NME 9/10 album review
“Pond, an Australian rock band, toppled the stateliness of Britpop anthems into psychedelic turbulence, melting down grandiose riffs or pushing them toward screaming tantrums.” - New York Times
“This is music that references a bygone era of classic rock with such genuine love and ability, with such a dynamic frontman, that I stopped thinking about derivation, or imitation, or affiliation, but rather about how I was going to tell you guys to go see them. So, go see them.” - Stereogum
“from sleazy rock excess, to introspective, cracked psychedelia and back again” - Fader
Western Australian band Pond are stoked to announce they’ll make their virgin voyage to the UK and Europe this May and June. The tour is a 6 date run including London's Cargo, and bookended by appearances at The Great Escape, Field Day and Dot To Dot.
After slaying SXSW recently the band will hit the UK for the very first time completely on top of their game and ready to rip. Their debut album 'Beard Wives Denim' is out now on Modular Recordings, full list of dates is as follows:
Thursday May 10 – The Great Escape – Brighton
Friday May 18 – Sound City – Liverpool
Saturday June 2 – Field Day – London
Tickets are available here: http://www.artistticket.com/link/?s=Pond
Pond is a Tame Impala side project: a distorted, nostalgic adventure into kaleidoscope pop no less.
Mixed by Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) and Rob Grant at Poon’s Head Studio in Perth, ‘Beard Wives Denim’ is an audio diary of ten friends’ strange, terrible and blissful time in the country trying in vain to be a wholesome family band. It sounds just like it, distorted and woozy and fractured and ultimately nostalgic and loving and coming to your closest hip and with it record vendor in 2012.
Pond was born under a mulberry tree in Daglish, Western Australia, by Joseph Ryan, Nick Allbrook and Jay Watson. Under said mulberry tree they conceived the idea of an album of tropical psychedelic idiocy that they performed that night at a friends party in North Perth. That album, recorded in their living room about twenty meters from the mulberry tree, was called ‘Psychedelic Mango’, released on local Perth label Badminton Bandit.
In the next few years Pond recorded two albums with producer and buddy Sam Ford,‘Corridors of Blissterday’ (Badminton Bandit) and 'Frond' (Hole in the Sky) and played a bunch of shows in around Australia and Japan, supporting MGMT and playing at the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival.
It was around this time that Pond determined to pursue their goal of living out the ultimate pop music career cliché from start to finish, from the lo-fi bedroom beginnings, through the rambling unfocused jam album and into the bombastic studio pop sellout. The next step, of course, was to make a not-as-good follow up to the studio pop album, complete with over inflated egos, internal conflict and rehab. This step didn’t sound that great, so Pond skipped it and went straight to the next rock’n’roll archetype; the country get away to rediscover their love of making music and find God and grow beards and chop wood and all that business.
So in 2010, at a friend’s farmhouse in Eagle Bay, Western Australia, Pond piled in with all their instruments, amplifiers, friends, recording equipment and Sam Ford to record ‘Beard Wives Denim’. The house had three rooms, a large living room-kitchen-bedroom which held the instruments, the children’s bedroom which served as the studio room, and the toilet, which served as the vocal booth. This left no room for sleeping, so tents were erected in the yard, the gate shut against the roaming cows and kangaroos, and Pond began recording.
After two weeks of Lord of the Flies-esque bonding with Frisbee and guitars and absolutely no religion or wood chopping or wives or beards, the album was finished. It’s a whole lot less like Neil Young, the Grateful Dead or The Band than Pond had imagined when the idea started, but it’s the thought that counts.
Watch the video for first Pond single ‘Fantastic Explosion Of Time’ below: