POND aren’t a band who need any extra help when it comes to exuding sheer weirdo cool, but we’re never going to complain about too much of a good thing, so their new clip with Kirin J Callinan is about everything we could rightly ask for.
Fresh off his own clip that, thanks to the impeccable use of a Jimmy Barnes cameo, is already a lock for best of the year, Callinan wanders onto POND’s set for the glorious throwback tune ‘Colder Than Ice’ – taken from their new Kevin Parker-produced album The Weather – proving the ideal man to complement its perfectly-weighted ’80s pastiche.
Callinan is just the crouton in this synth-driven salad, though, drenched as it is in delicious synth bass and echoed wink-and-a-nod vocals – one of the warmer moments on a record that, belying its falsetto theatrics and synth sheen, often shows the band at their darkest.
‘Colder Than Ice’ isn’t just a palate cleanser between the more melancholy moments, though; it’s one of the tracks that, along with singles like ‘Sweep Me Off My Feet’, most clearly illustrates POND’s perfectly-executed shift from their beginnings as a straight-faced psych-rock band to the multi-faceted gem they’ve become, with The Weather yet another big step along a path that already delivered us the brilliant Man It Feels Like Space Again just two years back.
You can still nab a copy of that album on an array of coloured vinyl (or plain old digital if you’d prefer), and you might still be able to catch POND on one of their remaining dates around Australia, Asia and New Zealand too – dates below.
POND 2017 tour dates
Sep 21 – Corner Hotel, Richmond (Sold Out)
Sep 22 – Corner Hotel, Richmond (Sold Out)
Sep 23 – Enmore Theatre Newtown
Sep 24 – The Triffid, Brisbane
Nov 15 – Space Odd, Tokyo
Nov 17 – The Wall, Taipei City
Nov 19 – CLOCKENFLAP, Hong Kong
Nov 21 – Nakarin Space Bangkok, Thailand
Nov 23 Esplanade Annexe Studio, Singapore
Jan 29 Laneway Festival, Auckland