POND HIPPIE JIBBER-JABBER AND THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST

POND HIPPIE JIBBER-JABBER AND THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST

31st December 2013 // By Colin Gilmore // Just Listen
Xanman is Tame Impala-offshoot psychedelic band Pond’s newest hit. No, it’s not actually called “Sandman”. But you would be briefly forgiven for thinking so. Listening to Xanman is like hearing an at once agonising yet calming scream from the child of a stressed-out Xanax chomping modern businessman and a chilled-out late-teenage woman of the ‘60s.

Pond’s Jay “Wesley Goldtouch/Wirey B Buddah” Watson advises dancing to the track like a “nutter”… “You should have a five-foot clearing around you on the dance floor if you’re doing it right,” says Jay. “Alternatively, you could just sit in the corner drooling, and occasionally flinch violently.” Two quotes which could more accurately describe the bipolar nature of the song, we expect not to hear. Moving on, Pond has a new album out called Hobo Rocket and is crashing The Falls Music and Arts Festival’s shows at Lorne, Byron Bay and Marion Bay this summer. They’ll be sure to bring their Frisbees. In fact guitarist, keyboardist, bassist and backing vocalist Jay says if Pond’s music could create anything physical, like a musical 3D printer, it would be a “regulation weight Frisbee.” The Perth-based lads were proudly flying the discs for doomed AFL grand final contenders Fremantle. “We did very well this year,” says Jay. “Who would have guessed we could go so far? We got it next year for sure.” The group even gave birth to its own YouTubeable version of the Dockers’ theme song (We Are Freo). “My cousin who is a massive Freo supporter said we butchered it. “We have a new one now though called I Hope They Bring Back (AFL great Shaun) McManus.” Pond’s name comes mainly from the original “liquid” changeability of the band’s membership. Five past members – including Tame maestro Kevin Parker – are no longer officially with the band. Otherwise Jay says the title is simply “hippie jibber-jabber”. And considering how big tattoos are these days, he says he’s seen some dedicated to the group. “Yeah, a good friend of ours Dangerous Dave Carter has my head on his wrist!” If the band had such power it would legislate that every prime minister before he or she takes office has to go out and get drunk. “So smashed in fact that their true personality comes out and they inevitably say something stupid. “So for the rest of their term everyone else can hang shit on them when they try do something dumb or pass some wretched bill. “I had Abbott in mind for this one. Langers (foolish person)!” We imagine Bob Hawke already set the bar on that one. As far as non-musical inspiration goes, Nick Allbrook on vocals, flute, keys and guitar is known as the reader. “He writes most of our lyrics and I have no doubt that he takes a lot of inspiration from his books,” says Jay. “I really liked On the Road myself but the book that inspired me the most of all the books I’ve read is The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe. “It’s about Ken Kesey, the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. “After reading it I went out to the garden and hung a microphone in the tree that ran through all my effect pedals into the kitchen.”

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