Just as the sun revolves around the Earth, so does the nation’s psychedelic pop scene revolve around Pond. Formed in 2008 after good friends Joseph Ryan, (Mink Mussel Creek), Nick Allbrook (Mink Mussel Creek, Allbook/Avery & former Tame Impala stalwart) and Jay Watson (Tame Impala) hit upon the idea of an all inclusive, ego-free collaborative, the boys immediately recorded their debut album Psychedelic Mango with a little help from good friend Kevin Parker (the mastermind behind Tame Impala).
Not content to sit on their laurels, Pond followed up less than a year later with Corridors of Blissterday, a frenzied effort recorded live with an eight-piece band in 2009. Next up was Frond, their third album released in 2010 on the back of a serious Prince and Fleetwood Mac binge. This was the point at which things really began to kick off for the lads. Frond was a kaleidoscopic classic, dripping with funk and falsetto which hinted at the fact that Pond was maybe a little more than just a footloose collective of ridiculously talented young men. Enter: Beard, Wives, Denim. Cue: Widespread mind explosions. And in August 2013, Pond gifted to the world their 5th LP in as many years, Hobo Rocket.
All of this ain’t too shabby for a band dreamed up one afternoon under a mulberry tree. With the next album, Man It Feels Like Space Again, already written and recorded, (in true Pond style,) it won't be long until we see the next chapter in this remarkable triumph of just playing it cool.
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MILES COOPER SEATON