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The Vanguard


Adrianne Lenker
Metro Transit
Eastlake Craft Brewery
Franconia Sculpture Park


Oct 25, 2018


Pond is a band from Perth, Australia that writes and performs psychedelic rock.  The band notably shares members with Tame Impala- a psychedelic indie band with a similar sound.  The concert at First Avenue’s 7th street entry was a stop on their 2017 tour for their latest album called “The Weather”.  

The band recently put out a single on October 5th, “Sixteen Days”. Pond’s smooth setlist, chemistry between performers, and a packed audience made for a great concert.  They began by playing the first track from their most recent album, and moved through the rest of the performance like a continuous story. To me the vocal style, and theatrical sound of the music reminded me of the experience of listening to Pink Floyd’s album “The Wall”.  The tightness of the band’s performance emphasized how talented and practiced the musicians are. I was impressed by the vocals as they sounded very similar to the record.

Between charismatic banter and crowd surfing, Pond’s lead singer Nick Allbrook puts on a show that makes you feel like you’re at a 1970’s rock concert.  The group played together like they were born to play together. Each member had their own unique stage presence that added fullness to the visual effect of the concert. The passion they all felt for the music and their contribution to the sound came through in the performance. One thing I love about 7th street is the connection between the audience and the musicians.  Pond took advantage of the closeness to talk to the audience and even gave credit to “the Purple One” for making both First Avenue and Minneapolis the place to be for music. Pond put on an unforgettable concert, and was generous enough to come back on stage for a two song encore and finished the show with a confession of love for Minneapolis. On behalf of Minneapolis, I think it’s safe to say we return the affection.  

Briannon Anglum

Photo by Paul Schoening