Western Australian psych-rockers Pond’s new, dancefloor-ready single Hang A Cross on Me will appear alongside three new tracks on the deluxe edition of their ARIA #6 album 9, available on Friday 20 May through Spinning Top Records. The Fremantle five-piece will then embark on their UK/Europe tour, taking in two performances at Primavera Sound. The UK leg will see them playing Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester, with tickets available via https://pondband.ffm.to/live.
About the new track, Pond frontman Nick Allbrook says: “‘Hang a Cross On Me’ was made infinitely cooler by the return of Cowboy John – musician, poet, fashion icon, Poon’s Head Studio regular, legend. He meditates on love, life, the universe and everything with his signature fantastical surrealism and cosmic wonder. It’s always a pleasure working with him. He is incredibly rare and brilliant and we love him.”
Of the accompanying video Allbrook adds: “Me and Alex just sort of roamed around the vast old Fremantle stone chamber of Victoria Hall, setting up little scenes in the basement, on the stage, in the lesser hall and from the gods. The afternoon light blasts through the windows into the theatre. Joe Ryan lent me his laser gloves and everything just sort of came together as we danced about, me with a bedazzled and fringed cowboy hat built by a tripper, Alex with a camera. It felt like the right type of creativity, with lots of grooving around and fun easy ease.“
Available for pre-order now, the metallic silver 180g double LP deluxe edition of 9 features etching and a holographic gatefold sleeve, a 12 page booklet and four brand new tracks. The release features new single ‘Hang A Cross On Me’, the high energy ‘Lights of Leeming’, the unhinged ‘My Funny Serpentine’, and delightful ‘The TAB Took My Baby From Me’.
Released in October 2021, ‘9‘ is a series of electrifying bursts of pure psych-pop joy, a sense of creative abandon and plain fun. It’s a recapturing of Pond’s anarchic sense of uncertainty and whilst celebrating what may be their creative pinnacle.
Originally formed in the turn of the 2010’s, as ‘a Royal Trux-cum-Cream power trio’, fronted by Allbrook with Jay Watson and Joe Ryan, Pond added Jamie Terry shortly afterwards, with James Ireland later rounding out the irrepressible five – piece. Ever prolific, Pond boasts an impressive nine studio albums in their ever expanding repertoire.
Pond possesses an ever-expanding performance resumé, having toured with Arctic Monkeys, MGMT and Flaming Lips. They have stunned at premiere musical festivals around the world including Glastonbury, Coachella, Primavera, Bonnaroo, Reading and Leeds, The Governors Ball, South by Southwest, St Jerome’s Laneway, Splendour in the Grass and more. They have sold out countless venues around the globe from New York’s Bowery Ballroom to Paris’ La Gaite Lyrique and London’s O2 Forum.
POND – TOUR DATES UK + EUROPE – JUNE 2022 – Presented by Spinning Top
Friday 3 June | Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona ES – SOLD OUT
Saturday 4 June | Levitation France, Angers FR
Sunday 5 June | Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, FR
Tuesday 7 June | Capitol, Santiago de Compostela ES
Saturday 11 June | Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona ES – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 14 June| SWG3 TV Studio, Glasgow UK
Wednesday 15 June | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Friday 17 June | Electric Ballroom, London UK
Saturday 18 June | Manchester Academy 2, Manchester, UK