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Australian Psych Band Returns To Independent

By Dave Pehling

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) -- While they have not yet ascended to amphitheater-filling heights of sibling Australian psych band Tame Impala, Down Under rock band Pond has a loyal and growing fanbase thanks to the prolific output of principle songwriter Nick Allbrook. Formed in 2008 by Allbrook and fellow Tame Impala member Jay Watson (TI main man Kevin Parker used to play drums in the band and has produced all of their albums), the Perth-based group crafts a much wilder, more unruly style of psychedelic rock.

The band issued a pair of albums through Aussie imprint Badminton Bandit Records that were recorded in a home studio on eight-track before garnering wider recognition from their association with Tame Impala, eventually signing to the larger Australian label Modular Records. While the two bands delve into similar echo-drenched sonic vistas, Pond employs far heavier guitar riffs with a funkier, more irreverent approach on 2013's Hobo Rocket. The group veered easily from the delicate, fractured pop of "O Dharma" to the punchy swagger of face-melting tunes like "Xanman" and the title track.

Strangely, that album was actually recorded after Pond decided to temporarily shelve the already completed effort Man, It Feels Like Space Again, which ended up finally being released last year. In some ways, Man, It Feels Like Space Again presaged Tame Impala's drift into propulsive dance beats and woozy synth sounds that marked TI's most recent album Currents. Fresh from playing a set at last weekend's Desert Daze Festival at Joshua Tree, Allbrook and company (minus Watson, who is currently busy with his electro-pop solo project GUM) bring their latest tour with Pond back to the Independent Tuesday night. Debauched Austin, TX-based spaghetti western soundtrack/surf aficionados Machete Western open the show.

Pond with Machete Western
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m. $16
The Independent

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