Sunday, May 6, 2012
Pond Love Beard, Wives, Denim
For those of you who have been around a while, when you see the name Pond in relation to music you more than likely think of the legendary band that released several albums for Sub Pop during the 90's. Well get that thought out of your head because that's not who this Pond is. This Pond isn't even American in fact this Pond came from the land down under and brought it's rock and roll with them. While sonically there might be some overlap between the two Pond's this new Pond came ready to rock and they do just that on their debut album Beard, Wives, Denim.
Beard, Wives, Denim is pure unadulterated rock and roll that kicks butt and takes names later. Pond clearly knows how to write classic rock and roll tunes and they do so in massive quantities here. Huge riffs leap out at you, choruses level you into submission and the whole thing sounds like it was recorded in 1974. This is classic rock that's about forty years too late to the party and that's to say that this thing RAWK'S. This is a great record through and through and if you're a worshipper of power chords, pseudo mysticism, prog rock, and distortion you'll love Beard, Wives, Denim.
Pond have released something here that is like listening to some sort of rockier version of ELO meets Zeppelin meets Jet in a Doctor Who continuum collision. Beard, Wives, Denim is lost and time and is in no hurry to figure out how to find their way home. This is a huge rock and roll record that's trippy, ethereal, packed with massive jams, and almost too heavy for the compact disc format. Beard, Wives, Denim is an excellent debut and Pond does the name justice here. If you dig the rock and roll the way it used to be played you'll find that this is one Pond worth setting up camp around. It doesn't get much better than this and let’s just hope they never figure out how to fix the space time continuum.