Two years on since the release of eighth album ‘Tasmania’, POND have announced that they’ll be releasing their aptly titled ninth studio album ‘9’ on 1st October via Spinning Top Records / Secretly Distribution.
“We sort of gave ourselves permission to make something stuffed this time,” Nick Allbrook says. “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 when you zoom real close up and they reveal something deeper. Stuff like my cheap Chinese slippers, or a soiled teddy bear, or Agnes Martin (not to put them in the same category, although maybe Agnes would’ve appreciated it). In the Rorschach test of re-reading lyrics, one thing that sticks out is a fixation on leaving behind a time of golden optimism and uncynical abandon. We can’t look at ourselves the same anymore, and the world we’ve built provides a scary lens for viewing our past.”
Sharing new single ‘America’s Cup’ alongside the news, Nick adds, “The beat makes me think of a New York street strut, Sesame Street style. But it’s about Fremantle before Alan Bond gave the big ball of gentrification it’s final shove, when it was cheap and harsh and the broken relics of the pre-87 port city were young groovy cats in a secret idyll wedged between the river and the sea. It’s also about blokes being different versions of whatever the hell we’ve been taught we’re supposed to be.”
Accompanied by a video directed by longtime collaborator Kristofski, Kristofski adds, “I’m from NZ and the big Sail race was here, the whole country was glued to their TV’s and I don’t even wanna know how much they spent on that thing. So I thought it would be funny if the captain of the racing team won the cup and auctioned it off to a bunch of people who love that kinda thing. Then he celebrates by dancing. Pretty twisted idea but i think it works.”
Check it out below.
1. Song For Agnes
2. Human Touch
3. America’s Cup
4. Take Me Avalon I’m Young
5. Pink Lunettes
6. Czech Locomotive
8. Gold Cup / Plastic Sole
See POND live at the following dates:
24 - The Factory, Sydney NSW (early)#
24 - The Factory, Sydney NSW (late)#
25 - Croxton, Melbourne VIC^
26 - Croxton, Melbourne [email protected]
27 - Magnet House, Perth WA*
28 - Magnet House, Perth WA*
# w/ special guest CLYPSO
^ w/c special guest Ajak Kwai
@ with special guest Chikchika
*Co - headline with Methyl Ethel with special guests Jewel Owusu & Nina BC
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