City Paper is not for tourists
The next best thing to a new Tame Impala album or another Led Zeppelin reunion, Pond is an Australian five-piece made up of several past and present members of the former band, and its reinterpretations of classic ’60s and ’70s psych rock rival those of its better-known Aussie compatriots. Pond indulges in comedic winks at rock tropes à la Spinal Tap, cranking out songs about psychedelic mangos and slapping goofy titles like Hobo Rocket, Corridors of Blissterday, and Beard, Wives, Denim onto their albums. But don’t conflate the band’s humor with laziness—in addition to steady world-touring with Tame Impala, the Aussies have spent the last few years gigging with Can frontman Damo Suzuki and wowing Alexa Chung with their stage antics. Pond’s last “show” in D.C. was a dud; on the eve of Beard, Wives, Denim’s release, the Australian band didn’t make it to the gig. Provided that they find their way to the show this time, the band will certainly preview some new cuts from their forthcoming record, titled, in classic form, Man, It Feels Like Space Again. Oct. 17 at Rock & Roll Hotel. $12.