Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Ok, so how the hell did I not know until now that POND is freakin' reuniting?! It may just be for a one-off show this coming weekend in Portland, OR... but it's huge news for me nonetheless.
I bow down at the altar of Pond, a trio who released three excellent records between '93 and '97, the first two on Sub Pop and the final on Sony/Work Records. Bassist/singer Chris Brady went on to form Audio Learning Center (with guitarist Steven Birch from the stellar Sprinkler, who are also reuniting this weekend). Guitarist/singer Charlie Campbell has been recording songs for tv and film, and released a disc under the moniker Goldcard. As far as I know, drummer Dave Triebwasser focused on school and a day job after Pond's breakup in '98. For an interesting post-Pond interview with Charlie, go here. And after reading it, Pond's impending on-stage reunion will seem like even more of a minor miracle.
Hot damn, I wish I could be there. Not just for Pond, not just for Sprinkler, but Hazel and Crackerbash, too. A night full of reunions. Plus, you get a whole festival full of current artists including Crooked Fingers, Colin Meloy, Quasi, and Robyn Hitchcock. You lucky, lucky Northwesterners.
In honor of Pond's return to the stage, I've gathered together all their rarities that I have for your downloading pleasure...
from their 1991 debut 7" on T/K records...
Young Splendor (original version)
Tree (original version)
their 1992 John Peel Session...
Pretty Thing (Bo Diddley cover - live)
from the 1992 'Wheel' cd ep...
from the 1992 'Wheel' German import 12"...
from the 1994 'Moth' 7" single...
You Don't Quite Get It Do You But You're Thinking Hard
And for the love of Pond, if anyone is going to see them play this weekend, you've just gotta record it. Share it with me, and I will give you shiny, shiny things.
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