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West Australian psych-rockers POND today announce they will take in national tour dates this September, beginning at Adelaide’s The Gov on Friday 15th September and continuing through Perth’s Fremantle Prison on Saturday 16th September, Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Thursday 21st September, Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Saturday 23rd September and The Triffid in Brisbane on Sunday 24th September.
Fronted by the enigmatic Nick Allbrook, and comprising Jay Watson, Joe Ryan and Jamie Terry, Pond unveil their Australian dates straight off the back of non-stop international touring; they played an extensive North American run including a stop at Coachella through April and May, followed by European and UK dates earlier this month.
“Pond’s live show is comprised of spectacular moments… The psych-pop jesters spun old and new tunes into pure entertainment gold”. – San Francisco Weekly
Pond will be joined by Sydney-based four-piece Body Type, whose recent singles ‘Ludlow’ and ‘264’ have become community radio staples. “Dreamy guitar and vocals blending beautifully. I think I have a crush. Keep ‘em coming”. – Zan Rowe, triple j.
Charismatic West Australian hip-hop artist Reef Prince will open for all shows.
One of the West Coast’s most exciting exports, Pond have cut their teeth over the years touring with the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, MGMT and Flaming Lips. They have blown audiences away at some of the world’s premier music festivals including Primavera, Coachella, South by Southwest, Laneway Festival, Splendour In The Grass and more, and have sold out countless venues around the globe from New York’s Bowery Ballroom to Paris’ La Gaite Lyrique and London’s O2 Forum. Pond shares members with fellow Perth outfit Tame Impala, with frontman Nick Allbrook contributing to both acts until 2013 and Jay ‘Gum’ Watson still a member of both.
Released in May, The Weather is Pond’s seventh long-player, their own baffled, if ever madcap barometric reading of the geo-political situation (amongst others), in mind-bendingly excellent album form.
“Pond’s new album mixes bright synths, campy detours, and grim lyrics… It’s a document of a band knocking loudly on the door of greatness” – Pitchfork
“… a band at a crossroads between independence and influence, and equally in thrall to the twin eccentricities of pop and psych. Just what they’ll do next is anyone’s guess, but we’ll all be sitting here waiting with open ears and baited breath. Rarely have they sounded so good.” – The Line Of Best Fit
Produced by Kevin Parker, the album’s title track “wakes slowly with drowsy percussion and swelling synths”, said Consequence Of Sound. “As the song picks up, there’s an easygoingness to the psychedelic electronics that breezes through a sense of heaviness throughout.”
Latest single, Paint Me Silver, is a gleamingly alluring song, constructed by Jay around a pitch-shifted sample from Todd Rundgren’s ‘Utopia’, which has been described by Riot Mag as a “perfect pop song”.
Perfectly measured in its lurching between moods, relevant in its synth-pop/guitar-psych balance, and bang on the money in its polemical anxieties, The Weather is the classic killer Pond album.
Watch Pond live at NOS Primavera Sound 2017 here.
And make sure you get down to one of Pond’s upcoming Australian shows for infectiously funky highs, psych-rock grooves and some of the best live pop performances you’ll ever see!
+ Body Type + Reef Prince
The Gov | Fri 15 Sept
Tickets: $44.50 + booking fee
Doors open 7.30pm