POND + FASCINATOR @ THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM
Photos by Stephanie Port Words by Neelofer Lodhy
Aussie psych rock quartet Pond finally made their long awaited return to LA to play a very delayed, but sold out show at the Teragram Ballroom. The band who initially was supposed to perform back in January, had to reschedule their appearance due to an issue with travel visas. Last night they proved that the wait was worth while as they powered on through a setlist that spanned over previous and current releases.
The group which is comprised of members both previous and current of Tame Impala, expressed sincere gratitude and excitement to have finally made their way back to the states. “We finally made it back!,” frontman Jay Watson exclaimed as he jumped around in his Kelis shirt. In between sets, it was easy to hear the international presence in the crowd, Aussies both local and from the motherland were in attendance amongst the Los Angeles crowd.
The energy in the room was magnified. At one point, bassist Jay “Gumby” Watson was in the process of cracking open a fresh beer when a crowd-goer asked to have one, “You can have the one the I’ve half drunk, is that alright?,” Watson replied. After handing them the beer can and taking a huge gulp from his fresh beer he yelled, “Fit as a fiddle!,” and the band played on.
Colorful projections and light configurations danced around the room as Pond immersed us in a world of hypnotic space rock. We were treated to jams like “Waiting Around for Grace,” “Sweep Me off My Feet,” “The Weather” and “Giant Tortoise.” Following the 12-track set, Pond remerged two play a three-track encore of “Midnight Mass,” “Holding it Out for You” and the classic, “Man it Feels Like Space Again.”
Setting the tone for the evening was Aussie transplant, Fascinator, an experimental, electronic-psych trio based out of New York. With his long, blonde hair, reflective glasses and an all white ensemble derivative of Southeast Asian culture, frontman Johnny Mackay provided a lush blend of synths accompanied by a violinist and saxophonist.
With colorful visuals and projections of himself and the band’s name on the backdrop, the crowd was left thoroughly impressed by the musical sounds of Fascinator which appeared to have musical influences from the 70’s and 90’s. Fascinator played songs from forthcoming effort Water Sign, as well as tracks from 2016’s release, Man.