Each week, we ask an artist to tell us about something that they find inspiring from outside the world of music. This week, we catch up with Pond from Perth, Australia, fresh from releasing latest album Beards, Wives, Denim who let us into the secret of what helps to keep them on their toes creatively.
When you constantly watch your friends creating amazing, beautiful things for absolutely no reward except the appreciation a couple of other freaks in Perth, you pretty much have to be a Zen master not to feel inadequate standing by and watching. I have never studied the Dharma, and thus we need to keep trying to do stuff – hopefully good stuff – so as not to feel like a complete wash-up.
Our friends are always popping up with poems, songs, bands, giant paintings and sculptures, generator gigs, backyard galleries and videos, so you can’t just sit back and eat downers while they get all the buzz. I guess this could just as easily be called ‘competitiveness’, but I think it’s a little different, a little more on the ‘prove yourself’ side of things than the ‘disprove others’.
Here’s what we’re talking about…
Pond’s album Beards, Wives Denim is available now through Modular and the band will be making the following UK appearances throughout May and June:
Thurs 10th May – The Great Escape – Brighton
Fri 11th May – The Great Escape – Brighton
Fri 18th May – Sound City – Liverpool
Sat 19th May – Cockpit – Leeds
Sun 20th May – Hare & Hounds – Birmingham
Tues 22nd May - Rough Trade East Instore – 1pm
Tues 22nd May – Cargo – London
Weds 23rd May – Craufurd Arms – Milton Keynes
Fri 25th May – Arches – Glasgow
Sat 2nd June – Field Day – London
Sat 2nd June – Dot To Dot – Bristol
Sun 3rd June – Dot To Dot – Nottingham
Mon 4th June – Dot To Dot – Manchester