Pond Releases Live EP “Live at the BBC”

Australian psychedelic band Pond released their EP Live at the BBC on Oct.14. The EP contains songs that were on Pond’s 2021 project 9. Now presented in a live setting, Pond goes further and beyond, as they put on an enigmatic performance. The guitars are crisper, the vocals sharper and the band has never been more captivating. 

Hailing from Perth, Australia, Pond has been one of the pioneering acts in psychedelic rock today. Since their formation in 2004, they have had a rotating cast of members. Pond has often been associated with Tame Impala, due to the two acts both hailing from Australia and dabbling in psychedelic rock. Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker has also helped on the production of several Pond albums. 

Over the years the band has released a string of material that garnered immense critical and fan reception. Pond’s influences include avant-garde acts such as Can, Brian Eno and Bjork. Their influences can be felt strongly in their music, especially the ambient music of Brian Eno. Known for their mysterious lyrics, colorful guitars, and hypnotic trance inducing instrumentation, Pond has slowly garnered themselves as a premier band in the indie world of today.

The EP begins with “Take Me Avalon”, a song whose instrumentation is floating and otherworldly. The cryptic lyrics of the track deals with change and hope. 

“Take Me Avalon is honestly one of my favourite songs to play live at the moment. It sort of exerts its own uplifting energising force on me despite the before or the after. Even inside headphones in a brightly lit studio in the morning it felt real energetic.”

Pond on “Take Me Avalon”

“Human Touch” sees Pond go grunge, with gritty bass and distorted guitars. Instead of the soothing vocals on the opener, singer Nicholas Albrook’s voice is now steeped in anguish. He sings in agony about wanting to just connect with someone, just wanting a little bit of human touch. 

“America’s Cup” is fun and bouncy. Like “Take Me Avalon”, it also deals with change and things now changed permanently. It is definitely a song that will get your head bopping, with Allbrook providing a controlled and polished performance. 

The album closer, “Toast” is melodic and soothing, with gentle electric guitar and soft drums. Allbrook’s vocals contain shades of Alex Turner, as he sings about the simple things in life such as toast. In their conclusion, Pond reminds us to appreciate the simple and small things in life. That in a world that is always changing and in flux, these are often the things that help us to stay grounded. 

Live From BBC is a short but brilliant album. In just 14 minutes, Pond goes from grunge to hypnotic, from talking about massive changes in life to the small constants such as toast. With this live EP, Pond reminds us why they are one of the most exciting and innovative bands in the world today.

Pond can currently on tour, and you can find tickets on their website. You can follow Pond on their website and Instagram. You can listen to their music on Spotify and YouTube

Anannya Matin Author
Beef Enthusiast. I do photography and write about movies @bakshe_bondi
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Anannya Matin Author
Beef Enthusiast. I do photography and write about movies @bakshe_bondi

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