Pond, Pond

Kevin O'Donnell

By Kevin O'Donnell

on 09.21.11 in Reviews

Founding members Chris Brady and Charlie Campbell grew up in Juneau, Alaska, before relocating to Portland, Oregon, to form Pond with drummer Dave Triebwasser. Their 1993 debut album — released on Sub Pop — shows that there weren’t too many changes to be worked on grunge two years after it blew up, but Pond does pack a few charms: “Young Splendor” is Soundgarden for people who hate Soundgarden while “Agatha” might be the only time a rock band’s been able to fuse stoner-metal sludge with an Arabic-style melody.