POND’S WA­TERS RUN DEEP

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD -

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.

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