Pond (Australian band)

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Pond
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Pond performing at Union Transfer in Philadelphia in 2018
Background information
OriginPerth, Western Australia
Genres
Years active2008–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitepondband.net
Members
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, Shiny Joe Ryan, Jamie Terry, and James Ireland.

Pond is often heavily associated with fellow Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala, as members of both groups are longtime close friends. Jay Watson is currently a full time member of both acts. Lead singer Nick Allbrook contributed to both bands from 2009 to 2013 before leaving Tame Impala to focus on Pond and his own solo career. Multi-instrumentalist Shiny Joe Ryan is currently a crew member for Tame Impala's live act. 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 and Avery collaborating with Allbrook as the duo Allbrook/Avery.

History[edit]

Pond were formed in Perth, Western Australia, in 2008[1] 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.

Their first album was released soon after in January 2009, titled Psychedelic Mango which contained many psychedelic rock and pop elements.[2][1] Their second album, Corridors of Blissterday, was completed live with an eight piece band in five days, and released in June 2009.[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. On 26 May 2012, NME magazine named Pond "The Hottest New Band In The World" in their "Hot List" issue.[7][8] On 28 June 2012, Pond had a one-off performance with Can frontman Damo Suzuki, one of Pond's biggest inspirations and musical idols.[9][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, their sixth studio album, was later released on 23 January 2015.[12]

Pond announced their seventh album The Weather, released on 7 May 2017[when?] via Marathon Artists. The announcement came with the release of songs "30000 Megatons" and "Sweep Me Off My Feet". The title and chorus of the first song refer to the 30,000 nuclear warheads in the arsenal of the Earth.[13] As with their previous album, The Weather was produced by Kevin Parker at his studio in Perth.[14] The album was preceded by the release of two more singles, "The Weather" and "Paint Me Silver". The album was released to critical acclaim, with many publications praising it as an evolution and maturation of the band's sound and songwriting.

A year after the release of The Weather, on 23 July, Pond released the single "Burnt Out Star", along with new tour dates.[15] The band then released the single "Sixteen Days" on 5 October along with an accompanying music video and released "Daisy" on 10 January 2019. The music video was filmed on land belonging to the Kulin and Nyoongar peoples, with the band in the opening card paying respect to the indigenous people. Along with the release of this single, the band announced through social media their eighth studio album, Tasmania, which was released through Interscope Records on 1 March 2019 to similar acclaim as The Weather.[16][17]

On 9 September 2019, the band announced a live album, Sessions, which was released on 8 November 2019. To promote it they released the single "Don't Look At the Sun (Or You'll Go Blind)", a live version of a song from their debut album Psychedelic Mango.

As of October 2019, the band is currently recording their ninth studio album.

Band members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Nick Allbrook – vocals, guitar, keys, bass, flute, slide guitar, occasional drums (2008–present)
  • Jay "Gumby" Watson – vocals, guitar, keys, bass, drums, synthesizer (2008–present)
  • Shiny Joe Ryan – vocals, guitar, bass, 12 string guitar, slide guitar (2008–present)
  • Jamie Terry – keys, bass, guitar, synth, organ (2008–present)
  • James Ireland – drums, occasional keys (2016–present)[18]

Contributors and occasional/former 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 (2014–2015)
  • Cam Avery – drums (2012–2014)
  • Ben McDonald – bass (2014)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[19]
UK
Psychedelic Mango
  • Released: 9 January 2009
  • Label: Badminton Bandit (BB001)
Corridors of Blissterday
  • Released: 4 June 2009
  • Label: Badminton Bandit (BB002)
Frond
  • Released: 24 May 2010
  • Label: Hole in the Sky (HITS007)
Beard, Wives, Denim
  • Released: 2 March 2012[6]
  • Label: Modular (MODCD148)
64
Hobo Rocket
  • Released: 2 August 2013
  • Label: Modular (MODCD165)
37 146
Man It Feels Like Space Again 15 92
The Weather
  • Released: 5 May 2017
  • Label: Modular (5740829)
33
Tasmania
  • Released: 1 March 2019
  • Label: Spinning Top, Caroline (STCD005)
15

Live albums[edit]

List of live albums
Title Album details
Sessions
  • Released: 8 November 2019[20]
  • Label: Spinning Top, Caroline

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2010 "Cloud City" Frond
"Annie Orangetree"
"Greens Pool" non-album single
2012 "Fantastic Explosion of Time" Beard, Wives, Denim
"Moth Wings"
"You Broke My Cool"
2013 "Giant Tortoise" Hobo Rocket
"Xanman"
"O Dharma"
2014 "Elvis' Flaming Star" Man It Feels Like Space Again
"Sitting Up on Our Crane"
2015 "Zond"
2016 "Sweep Me off My Feet" The Weather
"30,000 Megatons"
2017 "The Weather"
"Paint Me Silver"
2018 "Burnt Out Star"[21] Tasmania
"Sixteen Days"[22]
2019 "Daisy"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Australian psychedelic revolution as told through eight bands". Beat Magazine. Archived from the original on 15 February 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  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 (5 March 2012). "Beard, Wives, Denim - Pond : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  7. ^ Goodwyn, Tom (6 June 2012). "Tame Impala announce three UK shows for November – ticket details". NME. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  8. ^ "The Hot List - Inside This Week's NME (May 26)". Nme.com. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  9. ^ "DAMO SUZUKI (of CAN) with POND". www.wherevent.com. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  10. ^ "POND (Australian band)". Music Minder Online. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  11. ^ "RTR FM / Out To Lunch / 2012-12-26". Rtrfm.com.au. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  12. ^ "Album Review : Pond - Hobo Rocket (Psych Power Rock)". Stillinrock.com. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  13. ^ Price, Zach. "Review: Pond evolve further with psychedelic new album 'The Weather'". Daily Emerald. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Pond announce tour, share new song Burnt Out Star". Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Pond Announce New Album Co-Produced by Tame Impala's Kevin Parker". Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  17. ^ Krol, Charlotte (11 January 2019). "Pond announce new album co-produced by Tame Impala's Kevin Parker and share new single 'Daisy'". Nme.com. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  18. ^ "6 Australian Psychedelic Rock bands that have conquered the genre, Something in the water?". Savage Thrills. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Pond at Australian Charts". Australian-charts. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Sessions by Pond". Apple Music. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  21. ^ "Pond announce tour, share new song Burnt Out Star". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Pond release new single Sixteen Days". Loudersound.com. Retrieved 12 November 2018.

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