@ The Triffid
24/09/17 (Live Review)
Perth’s psychedelic rock outfit POND, absolutely killed it at The Triffid on Sunday the 24th of September, wrapping up their three-week tour of new album The Weather with a crowd of more than 700 Brisbane punters.
POND opened their Brisbane set with the album’s opening track 30,000 Megatons almost a political satire song as the lyrics express guilt for the disparity in our world, and disgust for the violence and nuclear weapons readily available. A very serious piece, but a strong way to open the night and grab the audience’s attention without question.
After an intense opener, the band brought the mood down to a lighter level. With so many musicians trading their guitars for synths and having not seen POND live before, I went in with certain expectations, but POND really showed they have a unique sound and stage presence. They had a good variety of their old repertoire in their set, playing fan favourites like Don’t Look at the Sun or You’ll Go Blind Again. I could tell many of the younger fans rejoiced for the newer, synth-driven tracks that verge into New Romantics territory. By mixing their set with plenty of old and new material it showed how the band have progressed over their decade-long career; newer songs Sweep Me Off My Feet and Paint Me Silver saw the entire venue fill with psych-rock synth sounds and the audience relished in the atmosphere it created.
If there was a stand-out track from the set it was certainly The Weather— the album’s title and a majestic, slow-building single which showcases the best of POND’S musicality like powerful vocals, Jay Watson’s sweeping synth strokes, catchy guitar riffs and a smooth blend of psychedelic rock sounds that I would compare with greats like The Beatles and Pink Floyd.
POND exceeded my expectations and proved to a SOLD OUT venue in Brisbane that they have curated their own unique sound which blends transient psychedelic with crisp rock. Each song felt as if it told a story of its own, and every track filled the room and had the audience completely enamoured with distinct beginnings, climatic bridges and crashing crescendos. If this is what a POND gig is like, I am definitely catching them again! Props to POND, you guys rocked it!