Spinning Top Music
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 and after numerous ins & outs, 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!