POND’S WATERS RUN DEEP
t isn’t a stretch to imagine the appeal of Footloose to the lads of psychedelic genre-benders Pond.
Surely the instant hook of last year’s single Elvis’ Flaming Star is a homage to the theme song from the 30-year-old Kevin Bacon flick.
But no, it’s all just a pop culture coincidence.
“I had to look (the song) up after someone mentioned Footloose,” Pond co-founder Jay Watson says.
“A few years ago I would have been embarrassed about that but we have had way more cheesier references than that.
“There was a French review that said about one of my songs it was a Lenny Kravitz cauchemar, which translates to Lenny Kravitz nightmare.
“Good ol’ Lenny, he’s all right.”
Watson and his band mates Joe Ryan and Nick Allbrook then enjoy sharing the infamous Lenny Kravitz full-body scarf photo that broke the internet a couple of years ago.
They are well-connected to the Zeitgeist despite Pond being one of the few bands on the planet which has created its own musical universe.
Their new record Man It Feels Like Space Again, is their sixth in as many years since forming in 2008.
While often referred to as a Tame Impala side-project because of shared members and the production contribution of that band’s frontman Kevin Parker, Pond is a different beast.
And it’s a wild beast that shifts identity not only between records but also between songs.
Pond may be genuinely impressive live but as a headphones listen, they are epically mind-blowing with even the most straight-ahead rock songs revealing accidental quirks or deliberate mistakes.
Man It Feels Like Space Again is also somewhat of a reaction against their previous record Hobo Rocket.
Perth psychedelic rock band Pond.