Their live shows are other-worldly experiences, bathed in ear-searing distortion and multi-layered guitar drones, with Isobel Sollenberger's ethereal vocals and flute floating above the beautiful cacophony.
Loosely formed in 1989 by guitar wielding art student siblings, Michael and John Gibbons, Bardo Pond became a reality in 1991 with the addition of vocalist and flautist, Isobel Sollenberger, bassist, Clint Takeda and drummer, Joe Culver (replaced in 1999 by trainee librarian, Ed Farnsworth). Bardo Pond are the flagship band of Philadelphia's "Psychedelphia" space rock movement, which also included the likes of Aspera, Asteroid No. 4, the Azusa Plane, and tangentially the Lilys. They favour lengthy, deliberate sound explorations filled with all the hallmarks of modern-day space rock: droning guitars, thick distortion, feedback, reverb, and washes of white noise.
13 Sep: Reverence Festival, Valada, Portugal
14 Sep: Charada, Madrid, Spain
15 Sep: Freakout, Bologna, Italy
16 Sep: Cave 12, Geneva, Switzerland
17 Sep: Bad Bonn, Dudigen, Switzerland
18 Sep: Le 106, Rouen, France
19 Sep: Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
20 Sep: Incubate, The Netherlands
21 Sep: Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium
22 Sep: Corsica Studios, London, UK
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.