Beards, wives, denim signal it’s a Pond life
Perth’s psychedelic rockers discover a new creative outlet, writes
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
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’.