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By James Cerche
2nd August 2013

Pond might be known (for now) as “the other Perth band”, being close relatives to the globe conquering Tame Impala and often sharing several members. Both born of the same swelling Western Australia indie scene, there are inevitable comparisons to be drawn. Where Tame Impala are controlled and fluid, Pond are jagged and erratic. Like a storm in shoebox, these lads take psychedelia into the weird rather than the pop. They follow up 2012's breakout record 'Beard, Wives, Denim' with one hell of a howling, fiendish trip. They're calling it 'Hobo Rocket'. What is a Hobo Rocket? Who knows. Allegedly beginning life as quick release EP between larger records, 'Hobo Rocket' soon gestated into its own dominant being that demanded a major release in its own right - and what a being it is. They boys have served up 40 minutes (in just 7 tracks) of storming, balls-to-the-wall psychedelic funk metal that has to be heard to be believed.

Frontman, Nick Allbrook cites a constantly shifting stream of short-lived obsessions from death metal to Prince in helping the band to formulate the brash mesh of tones sewn together on the record. 'Hobo Rocket' refuses to sit still and is constantly running ahead or jumping to the side without a moment's notice. It's a thrilling and immediate listen that is hard to predict and is consistently satisfying.


'Whatever Happened To The Million Head Collide' rolls in on the back of washy synths until a hip-shakingly funky bass line takes over. Vocal percussion adornments shimmy beneath the lyrics before all of sudden the whole thing is tumbling over itself under an 80s hair metal riff. The rest of the album continues in this fashion; rising and falling between bursts of boyish energy, lethargic doom and interstellar wandering. 'O Dharma' breaks out the acoustic guitar and turns inward for the most low key track on the album. Singles 'Xanman' and 'Giant Tortoise' are pomped-up glam bursts of glam greatness, while 'Aloneaflamaflower' is almost heavy enough to rattle pyramids. The title track recalls 'Rubber Soul' era George Harrison with its exotic instrumentation of an essentially simple garage tune. The spoken word ramblings are performed by Cowboy John, a local hero and alleged mental asylum patient with a reputation for escaping.

In somewhat of a statement of intent to introduce the album, Allbrook wishes listeners “a dang good time”. While it's not altogether an easy album, if approached with an open mind and a loose neck, 'Hobo Rocket' has all the makings of a crazy time. It's like that hectic night out you had that one time with your friends that will always bring a smile to your face, a shiver to your spine and a thrill to your hearts. Get on board.

BAND: Pond
MEMBERS: Nick Allbrook
Jay Watson
Joe Ryan
Jamie Terry
Cam Avery
FORMED: 2008
FROM: Perth
SOUND: Psychedelic
FACEBOOK: pondling
INSTAGRAM: @ponderers
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