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“If Gina Rinehart gets you down”. That’s Pond, on album The Weather, simultaneously wearing their West-Australian heart on their sleeve, and the weight of the world on their shoulders. The band that have always danced in the shadows of Tame Impala, that other Perth band (with whom it shares members and crew). But now all of a sudden they’ve wedged seven LPs under their belt, in almost as many years. And despite the weightier content, their psych pop's ever buoyant. At the edge of the world, not drowning but waving. Just decompressing after back-to-back US & Euro tour stints, they’re about to head out on their Oz leg. But first we chatted with Jay ‘Gum’ Watson.

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Perth, Publican -

Get your mind out of the gutter, not THAT kind of shag. This Perth bar is named for the resident cormorants who hang out round the jetty. These birds know what’s up, The Shag occupies one of the most primo waterfront positions in town. Olivia Hosking’s been enjoying the scenery for seven years now but we chose a week where she was really busy overseeing some renovations to give her a Young Henrys grilling. To be fair, it was more of a gentle sauté …

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