In case you hadn’t noticed, we slid effortlessly from Spring Festival season to Summer festival season and it’s all racing into high gear. This weekend we’re in the middle of Glastonbury, one of the biggest and longest running festivals in Europe – and we’ve just finished up Down The Rabbit Hole and Best Kept Secret in The Netherlands. If you’re in Europe right now, this very minute, you’re smack in the middle of an embarrassment of musical riches.
So, going back a few weeks to what amounts to being the first of the Summer Festivals; Primavera Sound in Barcelona Spain is a harbinger of musical things to come – one of the first stops for bands hitting the Festival circuit this year.
Tonight it’s Pond, the Psychedelic conglomerate from Melbourne Australia who have been around since 2008. Along with fellow Aussies Tame Impala and Jagwar Ma, Pond have established a large and loyal following in those 9 years, and offer further proof somebody dosed Melbourne’s water supply, just by the sheer mind-melting approach they are taking to their music. This festival appearance coincides with Pond’s latest release, The Weather, which came out literally days before this show.
Listening to Pond, and being aware of the others, I am amazed at what’s coming out of Australia these days. And regularly tuning in to Australian radio station Triple J, you get the feeling there’s a lot going on down there, of which what we’re currently hearing is but a sample of what’s awaiting us in the not-too-distant future.
Not with the same “household name” identification that Tame Impala have garnered over the years, Pond are nonetheless a worthwhile band to investigate, especially if you’re a fan of New-Psych and further-out-there Alternative Sounds which appear to be flying out of our Oceanic neighbors in droves lately.
Good time to like New music. I kid you not.
Play loud and get tickets the next time they show up in town.