Music Review: POND
POND. Picture: Matthew Tompsett/The West Australian.


Saturday, September 15

The Bakery

Regrouping for one more quick jaunt around the country before members return to their other bands, including Tame Impala and the Growl, Pond returned to The Bakery for another sold-out show in front of their loyal hometown crowd with some top-notch supports in tow.

Local band F…ing Teeth hit the right nerve. Scene stealer Peter Bibby's foray into three-piece band mode shows that his erratic playing and bizarre storytelling work well with fellow maniacs backing him up.

The Weapon Is Sound create a large calibre of dub. Fronted by a man who seems to live, breathe and cough reggae, and backed up by a swag of characters from all corners of the local scene, they know exactly the sound they're going for and they pull it off flawlessly. Containing not one, but four percussionists including Sleepy Jackson's Malcolm Clark, the Weapon Is Sound have everything they need to steal all the sunshine this summer.

Water Temple, a three-piece that proudly declares themselves "Perth's least favourite sons", lived up to their hype on this night, and should have been relegated to opening spot duties, or perhaps just played at home and then come in as punters because their instrumental meanderings just plain sucked.

It's not often that you request that a band get a singer but this band needs some direction.

Pond. What can you say about Pond? These chaps seem to spew songs effortlessly. They covered much of their most recent masterwork Beards Wives Denim but they have also hinted that a follow-up may be on your record shelf by year's end.

With his freshly dyed jet-black hair and black button-up shirt unbuttoned to there, manic frontman Nick Allbrook had the moves like Neil Diamond. He led them through a new song Whatever Happened to the Million Head Collide, which was a typically bombastic song soaked in fuzz and noise. They also did their version of an Earth song and dedicated it to the Seattle drone pioneers, who were entrancing the masses at the Rosemount on the same evening. It was like Live Aid in Perth without live camera crosses.

They also played their most well-known songs, which would have been quite beneficial for those fans who left confused after the band's last Bakery show; backing up travelling madman Damo Suzuki with a two-hour improvised Krautrock jam. Fantastic Explosion of Time, the glorious You Broke My Cool and Moth Wings left the crowd satisfied once again with an act that just continues to get better.

With several of the Pond chaps about to enter new phases in their other bands, hopefully they somehow manage to play as regularly as they'll have been, because Perth needs Pond.

The West Australian

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