On each release, POND’s unbridled creativity has seen them push the boundaries of psychedelic-rock and on their forthcoming album The Weather, the Perth based four-piece have created their most sharp and focussed record to date. A stunning statement of intent,The Weather is available worldwide on May 5th.
The Weather features some of the band’s most direct pop moments, while retaining POND’s abstract outlook and propensity for experimentation. A perfect example is the brand new single Sweep Me Off My Feet. With its delectable air of romantic expectation and synthy sophistication, the track is a new take on the band’s patented space-rock, feeling like a hit from the Trevor Horn mould.
As with their previous album, The Weather was produced by Kevin Parker at his studio in Perth. But where 2015’s Man, It Feels Like Space Again was a considered yet raw take on their garage-inflected psyche, The Weather is an ambitious, technicolour odyssey which feels like POND’s final coming of age.
Of the album, POND’s Nicholas Allbrook says: “It’s a concept album, not completely about Perth, but focusing on all the weird contradictory things that make up a lot of colonial cities around the world. Laying out all the dark things underneath the shimmering exterior of cranes, development, money and white privilege. It’s not our place, but it is our place. British, but Australian, but not REAL Australian. On the edge of the world with a hell of a lot of fucked things defining our little city, still we try and live a wholesome respectful life, while being inherently disrespectful. At the end of all this confusion in our weird little white antipodean world, there’s the beach, purity and nature that brings us all together”.
Detailing the albums urgency, The Weather opens with the epic 30,000 Megatons. A despairing meditation on the nuclear threat, the track spirals into synth-prog hysteria, which perfectly mirrors the escalating unease felt around the world right now. 30,000 Megatons and Sweep Me Off My Feet are available to download and stream now.
Since forming in 2008, POND have been lauded for their raucous and unpredictable live show, utilising the punk and garage-rock foundation on which the band was built to breathe new life into their songs.
The Weather is released 5th May via EMI Music Australia and available to pre-order now.