Sticks & Stones Shitty Interview No.120
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. Earlier this month, POND released their highly anticipated ninth studio album ‘9’. Today, the Fremantle five-piece are excited to share their latest single ‘Human Touch’, a vacillating psych-rock jam with impressionistic one-liners.
Frontman Nick Allbrook described the inspiration for the song, saying, “One time a woman was smashing up a car outside my house, begging me to help her steal it. It was a lovely day. She was wired but sweet in a way. Her dog, Josie, was sitting in the passenger seat being very cute and fluffy. We talked for a good few hours in the sunny cul-de-sac and neither of us ended up committing grand theft auto. The music started with a grimey Casio loop Jay made, that we built the song around.”
The band has also released an electric video to accompany the gonzoid thrash sounds of ‘Human Touch’. Allbrook went on to say, “My original idea was to be dancing in the central business district of Perth, being thoroughly ignored by suits on their lunch break. Turns out me and Duncan Wright (Director) are both quivering Fremantle natives and terrified of the City. When Duncan saw a pretty sliver of morning sunlight in the West End we figured, stuff it, let’s do it there. Zero people is kind of the same thing as being ignored by lots of people, right? I need some human connection blah blah blah. It was super fun to make. We didn’t really have a strict plan and I overcame my anxiety about dancing in platform shoes to no music at 9am on a Tuesday morning like a kook.”
Please also enjoy Sticks & Stones Sitty Interview No.120 with POND.
Sticks & Stones: Are you for foreskin or not for foreskin?
Pond: I’m for e-skin. Your friendly neighbourhood lip fillerupperers.
Sticks & Stones: My friend Sophie asked me why you’re called Pond?
Nevel (next level)
Sticks & Stones: Worst gig you’ve ever played?
Pond: We played at a weird American Christan College and they wouldn’t let us swear (rude) or drink alcohol (its part of the warm-up routine).
Sticks & Stones: What’s your favourite thing to put in your mouth?
Pond: Ice Cream.
Sticks & Stones: Who would win in a fight to the death between the band?
Pond: Probs Joe, he carries a knife around with him everywhere he goes.
Sticks & Stones: Would you rather open for Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber?
Pond: If they write any good songs we might let them open for Pond!
Sticks & Stones: What do you regret?
Pond: Cracking that bottle of red at 2 am last night.
Sticks & Stones: What’s your hangover cure?
Pond: Jump in the ocean. It’s natures big blue Panadol.
Sticks & Stones: Give us some shitty advice.
Pond: You should wipe from front to back.