Australia's favourite psych-rock, fuzz-pop specialists, Pond fresh off releasing their ninth studio album '9' last month (it debuted at #6 on the ARIA album chart) will embark on a national tour in the first part of 2022.
To kick off with an appearance at Perth Festival, Nice Allbrook and the lads will head east in April with a trio of shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
"We sort of gave ourselves permission to make something stuffed this time," Nick says of '9'.
"We'd settled into a pretty tight routine with the last few albums and wanted to shake a boat with this, so we started off with filling a few tape reels with some absolutely heinous improvised sonic babble which, after much sifting, became the first few songs of the album.
"We also wanted to up the tempo. The last few albums have a neat little mantra or repetitive theme.
"If I was forced to find something like that in '9', I guess it would be 'biography' or 'observation' – a lot of the lyrics seem to focus on single people's lives, or the lives of small moments or small things [that] when you zoom real close up they reveal something deeper."
The band have also released a music video for '9' track 'Take Me Avalon I'm Young', which was filmed in the seaside town of Hastings, England, and directed by award-winning filmmaker Bunny Kinney.
"This was, no joke, the most fun video I've ever been a part of," enthuses Nick. "I spent two days rushing around Hastings with my dear friend Bunny and the lovely George, Joe and James Beatty, running, swimming, shooting, fencing and playing terrible basketball.
"It was a dream come true. The freezing sunrise yoga was magical in retrospect, even if I was a brat at the time (sorry Bunny).
"A perfect seaside weekend; I got to play, and Bunny got to create an ode to his favourite sport, the modern pentathlon. Massive thanks to Lewis and Steph for their patience and kindness as my instructors."