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Stream Pond’s Album Beard, Wives, Denim

February 29, 2012

What if the internet didn't exist and we had to do everything old style and look stuff up in encyclopedias or just guess/lie/pretend that we knew about what we wanted to know about? If that happened, Pond would be in a pretty good place based on their album title alone, because if there are three words that are generally good ones to describe the sound of this band in an abstract sense, they are Beard, Wives, Denim. In the past, when I've written about this band, I've talked about bong rips, sunsets, LA in the early ’90s, and I think a year or two ago there was some sort of mention of a flute or a dragon or something? Beard, Wives, Denim covers all those angles—moving from sleazy rock excess, to introspective, cracked psychedelia and back again, like it's totally normal for those things to coexist in one place. It's not really so normal though, and that's what makes Pond worthwhile in the first place. Rather than act like there's nothing new to do in rock music anymore, they're just trying a little bit of everything. Beard, Wives, Denim is out March 6th, on Modular.

Pond US Spring Tour:
Tues March 6th || Black Cat Backstage || Washington, DC *!
Wed March 7th || Telfair Square, Savannah Stopover Music Festival || Savannah, GA *#
Thurs March 8th || The Drunken Unicorn || Atlanta, GA *!
Sun March 11th || Fitzgerald’s || Houston, TX *+
Sun March 18th || Low Key Arts, Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival || Hot Springs, AR *
Tues March 20th || Johnny Brenda’s || Philadelphia, PA *
Wed March 21st || Bowery Ballroom || New York, NY *
Thurs March 22nd || Brighton Music Hall || Boston, MA *
Fri March 23rd || Casa Del Popolo || Montreal, QC *$
Sat March 24th || Cafe Dekcuf || Ottowa, ON *
Sun March 25th || The Drake Hotel || Toronto, ON *
Tues March 27th || Lincoln Hall || Chicago, IL *
Wed March 28th || Taylor University || Upland, IN *
Fri March 30th || Cactus Club || Milwaukee, WI *
Sat March 31st || The Maintenance Shop || Ames, IA *
Mon April 2nd || 7th Street Entry || Minneapolis, MN *
Wed April 4th || A Club || Spokane, WA *
Thurs April 5th || Sunset Tavern || Seattle, WA *
Fri April 6th || The Biltmore Cabaret || Vancouver, BC *
Sat April 7th || Jinx Art Space || Bellingham, WA *
Sun April 8th || Squeak & Squawk Music || Tacoma, WA *
Mon April 9th || Mississippi Studios || Portland, OR *
Wed April 11th || Rickshaw Stop || San Francisco, CA *
Fri April 13th || The Echo || Los Angeles, CA

* with Oberhofer
$ with The Temper Trap
+ with A Place To Bury Strangers
# with Dinosaur Feathers
! with Dive

Stream Pond’s Album Beard, Wives, Denim