Beards, wives, denim sig­nal it’s a Pond life

Perth’s psy­che­delic rock­ers dis­cover a new cre­ative out­let, writes

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KEVIN Parker is the lead­ing man of Perth psy­che­delic out­fit Tame Im­pala. The multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist steers cre­ative con­trol, writ­ing and record­ing in most of the con­tent from the band’s two al­bums and




So it seems nat­u­ral to dis­cover Tame Im­pala’s other gifted mem­bers needed an av­enue for cre­ative re­lease. That av­enue comes in the form of Pond.

Shar­ing two Tame Im­pala mem­bers, Pond is a psy­che­delic-rock band which is all about hav­ing fun with mu­sic.

Cre­ative du­ties are shared evenly be­tween front­man Nick All­brook, Joe Ryan and Jay Wat­son.

‘‘Pond is a big re­lease. It’s like a let’s party at­ti­tude,’’ says Ryan.

‘‘First and fore­most we want to put the fun back into mu­sic. ‘‘Mu­sic has to be fun.’’ Pond formed in 2008 with the three core mem­bers joined by an ev­er­chang­ing tour­ing line up of mu­si­cians – Parker has even played drums for the band live and in the stu­dio. Strangely enough, fourth al­bum

which was re­leased last year, in­tro­duced Pond to Aus­tralian fans for the first time.

‘‘It’s a good thing they don’t know about our pre­vi­ous re­leases (

Psy­che­delic Mango, Cor­ri­dors of Blis­s­ter­day Frond).

and Peo­ple would be like ‘who the hell are th­ese guys’,’’ laughs Ryan.

‘‘It was all in good taste though and we had a lot of fun at the time. It’s not really what we are about now though.’’ Af­ter Pond re­leased

they hit the road and played 31 shows in the United States.

Upon their re­turn home, the boys played a sold-out na­tional tour and were

Beards, Wives, named Hottest New Band In The World by mu­sic in­dus­try bi­ble in May. Ryan at­tributes the success of

to it be­ing a ‘‘more to­gether al­bum’’.

‘‘It was one that was recorded live and has a good mix of all the song­writ­ers,’’ he says.

‘‘We recorded it down south on a big farm. We had the idea that when you have a wife you start to wear a lot of

Wives, Denim



denim, grow a beard and get all Crosby Stills & Nash.

‘‘We all have crazy imag­i­na­tions. We are a bunch of freaks. It’s too hot over here in Perth. It sends peo­ple scatty.’’

Pond aim to re­lease two more al­bums this year – Hobo Rock and Man, It Feels Like Space Again.

‘‘One will be out in a few months and the other at the end of the year. They are both kind of linked,’’ says Ryan.

‘‘ Hobo Rock is like you are on your way out to space, go­ing through var­i­ous lev­els of ozone and at­mos­phere. Man, It Feels Like Space Again is more chilled out and bal­lad-y, like you are out in space.’’

Pond, Bat For Lashes, Of Mon­sters and Men, Di­vine Fits and more play Laneway Fes­ti­val in Bris­bane on Fe­bru­ary 1.

Pond’s line up are de­ter­mined to ‘put the fun back into mu­sic’.

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