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LIVE BARDO POND PERTH THE ROSEMOUNT 4 AUGUST 2013

BARDO POND

THE ROSEMOUNT HOTEL

PERTH

4 AUGUST 2013

 

 

Philadelphia based psychedelic band Bardo Pond were a nice surprise when they announced a full headlining tour in Australia including a date in Perth. It's not too often that expermental rock like this hits our part of the world but funnily enough, 2013 has been a great year for this kind of music hitting our shores.

 

 

 

 

Also called space rock, this drug inspired kind of music is really the kind of thing that puts you in a certain kind of mood, whether it's a negative or a positive thing is up to each person but there's something to be said about the way this kind of music is put together and even better, how this is performed live. The Gibbons brothers John and Michael, both on guitar pretty much share equal duties as far as riffing out and playing around with different guitar sounds. Watching both guitar players do their own thing is pretty interesting, the subtle things they add to each song, and the way they switch from rhythm to solo back and forth was quite fun to see. Clearly these guys have been doing this for a longtime and it's really only something that comes from experience.

 

 

Singer Isobel Sollenberger was very much into the show, at times in an almost trance-like state dancing to the trippy beat of the music and singing in an angelic high-pitched voice matched perfectly with the flute that she uses as well. Many times it was literally difficult to distinguish between her voice and the flute which at certain points during the show were almost overpowered completely by the massive wall of noise that emanated from the rest of the band. Some may see the extreme high volume of the music as a flaw but I think it may be an important aspect in their live show, as it is that overpowering effect that helps induce that wierd state of mind that you may encounter when listening to the band. That being said, on the last 2 songs my ears did cop a bit of a beating especially on the last track of the night when the band went into this powering down mode of just a complete wall of noise and loudness and confusion with a mass of unfiltered brutal sounds coming from the guitars, bass and drums together: all the while Sollenberger quitely adding her voice into the mix which at this was surely all but lost.

 

 

What a wonderful mess, what a trippy show!

 

 

 

 

words by Andrew Schizodeluxe

images by Mark Diggins

 

 

LIVE BARDO POND PERTH THE ROSEMOUNT 4 AUGUST 2013