Pond (Australian band)

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Pond
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 Badminton Bandit
Hole in the Sky
Modular Recordings
Caroline Records
Associated acts Tame Impala
Mink Mussel Creek
Allbrook/Avery
Gum
Space Lime Peacock
Shiny Joe Ryan
The Silents
Website pondband.net
Members Nick Allbrook
Jay Watson
Joe Ryan
Jamie Terry
Past members Nick Odell
Jeremy Cope
Cam Avery
Richard Ingham
Matthew Saville
Kevin Parker
Julien Barbagallo

Pond is a psychedelic rock band from Perth, Western Australia, which formed in 2008. Featuring an ever-changing line-up, the current line up is Nick Allbrook, Jay Watson, Joe Ryan and Jamie Terry.

Biography[edit]

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 success of Tame Impala's 2010 breakthrough debut album Innerspeaker, 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]


Band members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Nick Allbrook – vocals, guitar, keys, bass, flute, slide guitar and occasional drums (2008–present)
  • Jay "Gumby" Watson – guitar, vocals, drums, bass, keys and synth (2008–present)
  • Joseph Ryan – guitar, bass, vocals, 12 string guitar, slide guitar (2008–present)
  • Jamie Terry – keys, synth, organ and bass (2008–present)
  • Cam Avery – bass, drums
  • Matt Handley – drums

Contributors and occasional members[edit]

  • Kevin Parker – drums (2009–2011), mixing and production (2012–present)
  • Nick Odell – congas
  • Richard Ingham – guitar
  • Matthew Saville – drums (2009)
  • Nathan Savage – guitar (2009)
  • Julien Barbagallo – bass (2014–present)
  • Jeremy Cope – dancing

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Greens Pool (23 December 2010)

Singles[edit]

  • "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)
  • "Elvis' Flaming Star" - Spinning Top (20 October 2014)
  • "Sitting up on Our Crane" - Spinning Top (16 December 2014)
  • "Zond" - Spinning Top (12 January 2015)

References[edit]

  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. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2015-01-30. 

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