Psychedelic Australian rockers POND are finally ready to unleash their fifth project upon the world. Riding high after NME named them the ‘Hottest new band in the world’ last year, the rambunctious group offer up seven tracks that are bound to intoxicate, thanks to some fierce distorted guitars, mesmerising synths and dashes of eastern flavour.
The rowdiness starts off nice and early on ‘Whatever Happened To The Million Head Collide?’ – its steady drums and spaced out allure building up to a welcome assault of riffs towards the end. The frenetic energy is continued on first single, ‘Xanman,’ before things slow down on ‘O Dharma.’ Waves of euphoric bliss wash over you as your ears are treated to gentle, harmonic ‘aaaaahs’ and acoustic guitars.
The vocals on the album shine most on ‘Aloneaflameaflower’ and ‘Midnight Mass (At The Market Street Payphone).’ Whether lashing out from the cacophony of cymbals and drums or hazily floating along, Nick Allbrook‘s voice is always commanding.
Being a hot band, let alone the hottest, comes with some pressure. It’s something that goes hand in hand with accolades. Hobo Rocket is a body of work that shows exactly why POND have such high praise thrown their way, and why they deserve it. They have an ability to lull you into an almost drunken haze one moment and suddenly snap you back with delirious glee the next , ensuring that when these boys throw down, there is never a dull moment.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Listen to Hobo Rocket‘s first single ‘Xanman’ and get lost in your own drunken haze:
Hobo Rocket is available on August 2. Pre-order a copy now from The Mod Shop.