Pond – Tame Impala’s ugly duckling
The first time I saw Tame Impala play was in support of You Am I at The Metro in Sydney back in 2008. There were about a dozen people up against the barrier at the front of the stage and an empty dance floor behind them. Their next show in Sydney is their own at the 5,500 capacity Hordern Pavillion. When I saw them sometime between now and 2008, I noticed an extra band member hidden away on the keyboard back by the drums. He looked physically fragile, short but gangly. He couldn’t have been 18. Nick Allbrook, the seemingly reluctant frontman of the Tame Impala offshoot, Pond heads a band that has retained much of the humility and musical freedom that Tame Impala is at risk of losing as their fame skyrockets. In 2012, NME named them the ‘The Hottest Band in The World’ in their hot list issue, yet – in Australia anyway – their following is still relatively underground. But as guitarist, Joseph Ryan told me in a chance meeting in a Sydney bar last year, that’s kind of the way they like it. Check out this incredible live Pond played for Seattle radio station KEXP when they were in the US in 2012 for SXSW.