[LIVE REVIEW] POND @ The Bowery Ballroom
It doesn't happen very often that a band impresses me within the first ten seconds of a live show. Australian Psych Band Pond did just that. Everyone around me immediately started banging their heads in unison to heavy guitar riffs, wavy synths, and pointed beats. It is easy to see why NME named Pond “the hottest new band in the world” in 2012. Simply put, Pond is a mega psych juggernaut and is one of few super groups that make music worth listening to.
The band's next album will be released in January but I’d suggest catching their show for a proper taste. The best way to describe the sound is by thinking that The Flaming Lips and The Clash eloped and out popped Pond. I almost have to see them again just because the show was a psychedelic masterpiece.
Opening the night at the Bowery Ballroom were Fascinator and Doctopus. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really catch much of Doctopus but from what I heard, they played a very grungy set. The singer had a voice so familiar that I found myself thinking about whom he sounded like rather than listening to the music. Another reason I should catch this show again.
Fascinator’s psych-groove sound was great but I struggle with watching someone playing over a backing track. He did however make up for it by noodling a twelve-string guitar. Fascinator even joked to the crowd that he had the best drummer in the world while comrades dressed in matching attire played air drums.
Photos and words by: Austin Pulliam