The antipodeans have taken their sixth album Man, It Feels Like Space Again on the road and The Music Hall Of Williamsburg was the latest stop in a series of musical psych-outs.
Something’s definitely far-out with Pond; they’ve blown past something resembling psychedelic rock, and have swallowed up synth, prog, and funk elements to reach new levels that are fully defined from their Tame Impala origins. Blasting the set off with the truly in-your-face ‘Giant Tortoise’, journeying further still with ‘Waiting For Grace’, then keeping you on your feet with gospel like flair for ‘Elvis’ Flaming Star’.
If you closed your eyes you could of sworn you were in front of a modestly sized symphonic orchestra, one inclined to rock operas and acid, instead of the 5-piece Perth based band that it was.
There’s a particular aesthetic that comes with the band too, colorful moving cartoon projections, Nick Allbrook’s totally in control anarchy, strutting like Mick Jagger and swinging the microphone like Roger Daltry. At the core is some very distinctive, shifting music that pores out forth, the 8.21-minute single the album draws it’s name from Man, It Fells Like Space can attest to that.
The show will continue on the road, and Pond will surely not sound the same again next time around? There’s so much value in seeing them now.
Article: Jacques Lang