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At the turn of the 2010’s, Western Australia was going through a boom, counter to the general economic downturn, thanks to the discovery of fresh seams of mineral deposits in its deserted expanses. Perth’s music scene shared in the wealth via government arts funding, so, consciously or not, POND’s collective post-millennial take on sunshine-psych channeled that positive energy locally.
POND was formed during those years, as “a Royal Trux-cum-Cream power trio”, fronted by Allbrook with Jay Watson and Joe Ryan. Adding Jamie Terry shortly thereafter with James Ireland, POND spent the 2020 pandemic recording new music and touring exclusively in their home state of Western Australia for the first time in over a decade.
“We dedicated ourselves to being these brain-burrowing, commune-dwelling psychedelic lunatics,” says Nick, who relished the idea of feeding the whole history of pop into a giant blender as an experiment. Though majoring in “strobelight-strapped-to-your-forehead, chain-me-to-a-bed psychedelia”, he says there were other key influences, as diverse as Michael Jackson, Beastie Boys and Led Zeppelin – “hip hop, super-pop and ’70s metal”, he chuckles.
POND has expanded their performance resumé since 2008 and by 2019 they had performed sold-out headline shows across the nation and extensive tours of North America, Europe and the UK. They’ve performed at a slew of festivals including Splendour in the Grass, Glastonbury, Primavera, We Love Green and many more.
Now, the band is set to bring their full production to several smaller cities in the South of Western Australia, connecting with early fans who helped bring POND to the national stage. Do not miss your chance to see a full production live set from POND up close and personal!