Kirin J Callinan
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
What do you call a group of psychedelic songsters all grown up? A group who were often considered the younger sibling, who have come into their own? Artists who just released their best piece of work yet, and musicians who unleashed one of the rowdiest and strongest live touring sets 2014 witnessed? You call them POND.
2014 unveiled the full-formed POND and the Northern Hemisphere barely survived. POND supported the Arctic Monkeys throughout Australia and then jumped on the next plane to Europe. There, POND stunned audiences at Primavera Spain + Portugal, UK festival Field Day, and brought the house down, every night, across their UK/EU headlining tour. Touring with Nick Allbrook (Vocals / Guitar / Astronaut), Jay Watson (Drums / Vocals / Dad Jokes), Joseph Ryan (Guitar / Bass / Vocals / Actual spaceman), Jamie Terry (Keys / Good vibes) and with barely a breather between, POND tore through North America, with sell-out shows ranging from one coast to the next, bouncing between countries like a pogo-stick. Pond's 6th album "Man, It Feels Like Space Again" hit the shelves January 23 (AUS) / January 26 (UK/EU) / January 27 (US) 2015, with more festivals and headline tours booked around the globe to showcase the new tunes and support this stellar album release.
"Man It Feels Like Space Again" was recorded in Melbourne Australia and once again mixed by buddy Kevin Parker. The band showcased "MIFLSA" songs throughout their first headline tour of the US in October. Starting at a festival in Mexico, heading to New England, traipsing through Canada, and back down the west coast, POND pondered, why stop there? After their sold-out Los Angeles Halloween show, POND ventured south to play music festivals in South America, where audiences exploded upon hearing "MIFLSA"'s hits and partied-hard with the melodious entertainers.
Hailing from Perth, Australia's POND formed in 2008 after good friends Joseph Ryan (Mink Mussel Creek), Nick Allbrook (Mink Mussel Creek, Allbrook/Avery, Tame Impala, Peter Bibby & His Bottles of Confidence), and Jay Watson (Tame Impala) hit upon the idea of an all inclusive, ego-free collaborative, so the boys immediately recorded their debut album "Psychedelic Mango" with a little help from good friend Kevin Parker (Tame Impala).
Since the beginning, POND wrote music and produced records faster than a label could release them. POND followed up "Psychedelic Mango" within months, releasing "Corridors of Blissterday," a frenzied effort recorded live with an eight-piece band in 2009. A year later, their third album "Frond," a kaleidoscopic classic, dripping with funk and falsetto, loosely inspired by a diet consisting only of Prince and Fleetwood Mac, delighted audiences Australia-wide. "Frond"'s release finally realised industry attention and praise, solidifying the band and their music in its own right. "Beard, Wives and Denim," their 4th album, was recorded on a farm a few hours South-West of Perth. "Beard, Wives, Denim" is a triumph of the eclecticism and good humor that drives POND.
Upon "Beard, Wives, Denim" release in March 2012, global attention shined its light upon the Perth gang. A North American tour ensued, smashing through 31 shows -- including 8 at South by South West -- where they were one of the most talked about bands of the festival. From there, they returned home to Australia and sold out a national tour before storming UK and Europe, causing NME to tout them as the "hottest band in the world right now" as well as proclaiming "Beard, Wives, Denim" as "quite possibly the best album released so far this year."
In August 2013, POND gifted to the world their 5th LP in as many years, "Hobo Rocket." "Hobo Rocket" is 40 minutes of perfectly imperfect emotion, challenging veteran listeners and music reviewers with an evolved and vigorous sound. Singer Nick Allbrook describes the release as the "...kind of mindset of finding our own little place in music, and being more of a functioning band, which is what makes it noisier and denser. This one we went as brutally hard as we would at a show. We wanted the songs to sound loose and live."
Enthusiasts and music aficionados world-wide agree MIFLSA is POND's most focused composition to date. This mirrors their touring efforts, dynamic and enthralling live show, media buzz and essentially, the maturation of a musical career a long time in the making. Maybe it's not such a bad thing growing up, especially when it's this much fun!
Kirin J Callinan
KIRIN J CALLINAN has his own theory that the three great Australian bands, the Mt. Rushmore of Oz if you will, all have a criminal aspect to them: AC/DC = gang of outcasts raising hell, INXS = sexual deviancy, lasciviousness, and Nick Cave = murderous poet. Kirin has elements of all three, and in time, he will be the fourth face on that rock.
July 2, 2013 will mark the release of Kirin J Callinan's debut solo LP EMBRACISM, via Siberia Records/Terrible Records in partnership with XL Recordings.
A guitarist, singer, songwriter & solo performer born in Australia, Callinan is a child of the 1980's, who excels at haunting compositions and wild guitar playing. He is known for his confrontational live performances, which are always shirtless, brilliant, and rich with some combination of guitar hero antics, musical theater, stand-up comedy, primal emotion, punk sensibility, awkward silences and ugly realism. He is a performer by nature, very charismatic, and very unafraid to bare his soul.
"The Australian Kirin J Callinan took Glasslands' stage by himself, which is all he really needed to then take most of the room….Callinan's voice is tuneful and halting — psychobilly-redolent stuff with an operatic air. Callinan's persona frames a nervy, curdling yet endearing charisma you can't take your eyes from and makes you laugh and yet you probably wouldn't let your young ones near….The music was rarely conventional, mostly experimental, like Scott Walker with a thing for stomp boxes and Lux Interior and Nick Cave." Read a review from STEREOGUM after they attended an early show of Kirin's last October in New York during CMJ.
Embracism's title track was released to the public in April of 2013, and served as an audacious mission statement. The album itself is an incredibly ambitious and varied work that traverses many styles, touching on such themes as masculinity, death, war, patriotism, infidelity and loss, at points jarring and dissonant, at others subdued and positively melodic, while remaining pensive and vulnerable throughout. Embracism was produced by Kim Moyes (The Presets) at his home studio in Sydney and mixed by Chris Taylor (CANT, Grizzly Bear).
KIRIN J CALLINAN previously cut his teeth as a guitarist, most notably playing in bands (Mercy Arms, Jack Ladder) amongst numerous collaborations. Embracism is his debut full-length release as a solo artist.
Terrible Records was started by Ethan Silverman and Chris Taylor. This release, in partnership with XL Recordings, follows previous releases from Twin Shadow, Kindness and Solange.
Siberia Records is Kirin's Australian and New Zealand home, originally started by the Midnight Juggernauts to release their own music worldwide, now releasing a new wave of Australian subversive groundswells and popular consciousness.