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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Perth psych-rockers Pond have offered up a new taste of their forthcoming album with the release of Toast. The track was inspired by the devastating bushfires that ravaged through the east coast of Australia during the summer of 2019-2020.

Of the track, frontman Nick Allbrook shares: “The intro chords came from a Joe Ryan demo mysteriously titled Toast. I’ve never asked Joe why he landed on that name, and I probably never will, but it pointed toward the image of fat-headed gobblers touching flutes of bubbles, watching the End of Days gallop over the horizon. I often wonder about those people - the money hoarders, climate change deniers, earth-pilferers and adventure capitalists - are they nihilists or anarchists or do they really believe they are to be saved by some Rock Opera Jesus? We may never know, but here is Toast, which is hopefully as smooth as the smooth, smooth sailing of our glorious leaders fat old white lives,”

The release arrives alongside a spectacular green screen karaoke style visual, taking viewers for a meal in the sky. Directed by Pond and Alex Haygarth, Jay Watson of the video. “We filmed the clip on a green screen in an abandoned garden centre in one continuous take. It cost us $300 to make (the price of four takes worth of champagne). I ate five fried eggs over the course of it. Another instalment in a long series of homemade Pond videos.”

Produced by Pond and mixed by Jay Watson and James Ireland, their new record is set to bring a more curated approach, set to the bands signature psych-rock sonics. “We sort of gave ourselves permission to make something stuffed this time. 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." Allbrook says of the album.

9 is out October 1. Watch the visual for Toast below!


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