We recently reviewed Pond's debut album, Bear, Wives, Denim, and because we liked it so much we decided to catch up with the band to find out how which artists influenced their sound the most.

Check out their picks below (1 - 3 from Nick Allbrook and 4 & 5 from Jay Watson) - as well as their forthcoming UK shows.

  • Thursday May 10 – The Great Escape – Brighton
  • Friday May 11 – The Great Escape – Brighton
  • Friday May 18 – Sound City – Liverpool
  • Saturday May 19 – Cockpit – Leeds
  • Sunday May 20 – Hare & Hounds – Birmingham
  • Tuesday May 22 – Cargo – London
  • Wednesday May 23 – Craufurd Arms – Milton Keynes
  • Friday May 25 – Arches – Glasgow
  • Saturday June 2 – Field Day – London
  • Saturday June 2 – Dot To Dot - Bristol
  • Sunday June 3 – Dot To Dot – Nottingham
  • Monday June 4 – Dot To Dot – Manchester

Velvet Underground - 'White Light, White Heat'

This was one of the first times I experienced the pleasure of loving something you are certain everybody else would hate. The physically painful feedback and the drill noises and the creepy story in 'The Gift', it all made for my first moments of sitting-out-from-sport-wearing-headphones-looking-pissed-off. The idea of freaking people out was great. But now I realize that they are sweet pop songs underneath all that grime. I heard her call my name has 'woo' like Little Richard and Stones swagger but then it all "then i felt my mind split open" - STAB. EAR STAB STAB STAB, then more hooks. Weird.

RATM - 'Bombtrack'

I wish someone filmed the moment I first heard this song. I would've been about 11, sitting at the kitchen table, mum and dad were milling about, my brother there, all very normal family, weekday fair. School uniform, waiting for dinner, trying not to do homework and the like. I was discussing the type of music I liked with my brother and he was somehow inspired to jam some headphones in my ears while i was sitting there at the table. Everyone was circling around, completely oblivious to the slowly swelling noise in my head. I can just see my eyes widening as the soft sounds of domesticity got swallowed up by the intro. I reckon my bro could see my head blowing up like a supple nubile balloon with every decibel and exploding in that heaviest of heavy riffs. I looked up, mouth agape, at my brother nodding all smug and knowing that he had just demolished his poor, unsuspecting brother's mind.

Skip Spence - 'Weighted Down'

The longer you spend with music as your wife, life, God and family, the harder it is be moved by it. All its secrets get familiar and the magic is sometimes whittled into a fine science. It makes it harder and harder to have that revelatory moment where music genuinely draws salt water from your eyeholes. When it does, it's a fucking powerful thing and I like to be occasionally reminded of this effect as a life goal. It happened with Janis singing Cry Baby, Leonard Cohen singing Mary Anne, Girls doing Hellhole Ratrace, but the last time was this one.

David Bowie - 'Moonage Daydream'

This song is fucking ridiculous. I've spent the last 4 years of my life trying to write a song this good, and i'll probably spend the next 40 years trying. The verse is cool, great chords and some silly Bowie wordplay, but the chorus is insanely epic, with fantastic lyrics about rayguns and electric eyes and freaking out. My favourite part of it is the one note Mick Ronson plays at the end with his space guitar for what seems like forever. I wish I could play guitar like Mick Ronson so bad.

The White Stripes - 'Blue Orchid'

I was fifteen when this song came out and it was one of the only things that made me feel like I was remotely cool. I was such a little nerd loser at the time, I sat out the front of the only mall in town and listened to it 38 times in a row (according to my brand new ipod mini). It was as addictive to me as crack, although I'd much rather be addicted to a song than to crack. His guitar sounds like the devil ejaculating on you.