Pond (Australian band)

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POND at 2014 Southbound festival.JPG
Pond playing at the 2014 Southbound music festival
Background information
Origin Perth, Western Australia
Genres Psychedelic rock, neo-psychedelia, psychedelic pop, glam rock, funk, garage rock, space rock
Years active 2008–present
Labels Marathon Artists
EMI Music
Fiction Records
Associated acts Tame Impala
Mink Mussel Creek
Space Lime Peacock
Shiny Joe Ryan
The Silents
Kirin J Callinan
Website pondband.net
Members Nick Allbrook
Jay Watson
Shiny Joe Ryan
Jamie Terry
Past members Nick Odell
Jeremy Cope
Cam Avery
Richard Ingham
Matthew Saville
Kevin Parker
Julien Barbagallo
Ben McDonald

Pond is a psychedelic rock band from Perth, Western Australia, formed in 2008. Featuring a revolving line-up, the band currently consists of Nick Allbrook, Jay Watson, Joe Ryan and Jamie Terry.

Pond often shares its members with fellow Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala. Jay Watson is a full member of both acts, while Pond band leader Nick Allbrook contributed to both bands from 2009 until 2013. Current Tame Impala members Kevin Parker, Cam Avery and Julien Barbagallo are all former members of Pond, with Parker continuing to work with the band as its record producer.


Pond were formed in Perth, Western Australia, in 2008 with members Nick Allbrook, Jay Watson and Joe Ryan. The original idea of Pond was to be able to get anyone they wanted to play whatever they wanted in a collaborative musical project.[1]

Their first album was released soon after in January 2009, titled Psychedelic Mango which contained many psychedelic rock and pop elements.[2] Their second album, Corridors of Blissterday, was completed live with an eight piece band in five days, and released in June 2009.[1][3] This led to the creation of their 2010 album, Frond, released in May 2010, featuring a heavier pop influence than previously heard from them.[4]

After the breakthrough success of Innerspeaker, the debut album by Tame Impala, a band which shares three members with Pond, the album Beard, Wives, Denim was recorded in 2010 and later released to critical acclaim in March 2012.[5][6]

Pond toured the United States in 2012, appearing at festivals such as South by Southwest, with another album titled Hobo Rocket set for release in the future.[7][8] On 26 May 2012, NME magazine named Pond "The Hottest New Band In The World" in their "Hot List" issue.[9] On 28 June 2012, Pond had a one-off performance with Can frontman Damo Suzuki, one of Pond's biggest inspirations and musical idols.[10]

Originally, Man, It Feels Like Space Again was planned to be the next Pond album, but instead Hobo Rocket was chosen to be recorded and released beforehand.[11] Pond described Hobo Rocket as being "much better" than Beard, Wives, Denim. Man, It Feels Like Space Again was released on 23 January 2015.[12]

Pond announced their new album The Weather, available now via Marathon Artists. The announcement came with the release of songs "30000 Megatons" and "Sweep Me Off My Feet". As with their previous album, The Weather was produced by Kevin Parker at his studio in Perth.[13] After the release of two more singles, "The Weather" and "Paint Me Silver", the album was released on May 7, 2017.

On July 23, Pond released the single "Burnt Out Star", along with new tour dates.[14]

Band members[edit]


  • Nick Allbrook – vocals, guitar, keys, bass, flute, slide guitar, occasional drums (2008–present)
  • Jay "Gumby" Watson – vocals, guitar,keys, bass, drums, synth (2008–present)
  • Shiny Joe Ryan – vocals, guitar, bass, 12 string guitar, slide guitar (2008–present)
  • Jamie Terry – guitar, keys, bass, synth, organ (2008–present)
  • James Ireland – drums (2016–present)

Contributors and occasional members[edit]

  • Kevin Parker – drums (2009–2011), production and mixing (2012–present)
  • Nick Odell – congas
  • Richard Ingham – guitar
  • Matthew Saville – drums (2009)
  • Julien Barbagallo – bass (2014–present)
  • Cam Avery – Drums
  • Ben McDonald – bass (2014)[15]




  • Greens Pool (23 December 2010)


  • "Cloud City" - Hole in the Sky (22 February 2010)
  • "Annie Orangetree" - Hole in the Sky (21 April 2010)
  • "Greens Pool" - Badminton Bandit (BB011) (23 December 2010)
  • "Fantastic Explosion of Time" - Modular (18 January 2012)
  • "Moth Wings" - Modular (3 February 2012)
  • "You Broke My Cool" - Modular (17 April 2012)
  • "Giant Tortoise" - Modular (1 February 2013)
  • "Xanman" - Modular (18 June 2013)
  • "O Dharma" - Modular (23 December 2013)
  • "Elvis' Flaming Star" - Spinning Top (20 October 2014)
  • "Sitting up on Our Crane" - Spinning Top (16 December 2014)
  • "Zond" - Spinning Top (12 January 2015)
  • "Sweep Me off My Feet" - Spinning Top / Marathon Artists (7 October 2016)
  • "30,000 Megatons" - Spinning Top / Marathon Artists (10 November 2016)
  • "The Weather" - Spinning Top / Marathon Artists (17 March 2017)
  • "Paint Me Silver" - Spinning Top / Marathon Artists (20 April 2017)
  • "Burnt Out Star" - Spinning Top (23 July 2018)[18]


  1. ^ a b "Spinning Top Artist - Pond". Spinning Top. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pond - Psychedelic Mango - iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Pond - Corridors of Blisterday - iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Pond - Frond - iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Pond - Beard, Wives, Denim". iTunes. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Lymangrover, Jason (2012-03-05). "Beard, Wives, Denim - Pond : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  7. ^ "Pond fourwords interview". fourwords. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Pond stool pigeon interview". Stool Pigeon. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "NME Hot List". NME. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Pond with Damo Suzuki". Facebook. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "RTR FM / Out To Lunch / 2012-12-26". RTR FM. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  12. ^ http://www.stillinrock.com/2013/09/album-review-pond-hobo-rocket-psych.html
  13. ^ Monroe, Jazz (25 May 2017). "Tame Impala Offshoot Pond Announce New Album, Share "Sweep Me Off My Feet" Video: Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Pond announce tour, share new song Burnt Out Star". Retrieved 26 July 2018. 
  15. ^ https://www.google.com.au/search?q=pond+beyond+the+valley&biw=1063&bih=583&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiS1tHr0OnKAhXLl5QKHfaICC8Q_AUIBigB#imgrc=ht_jTJa_hwN1LM%3A
  16. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2015-01-30. 
  17. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  18. ^ "Pond announce tour, share new song Burnt Out Star". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 July 2018. 

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