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Philadelphia, United States (1991 – present)

Bardo Pond are an American band from Philadelphia, formed in 1991, and who are currently signed to London based label Fire Records. The current members are Michael Gibbons (guitar), John Gibbons (guitar), Isobel Sollenberger (flute and vocals), Clint Takeda (bass guitar), Jason Kourkonis (drums), and Aaron Igler (synth/electronics). Bardo Pond’s drug-inspired music is often classified as , , , , or . Many Bardo Pond album titles have been derived from the names of esoteric psychedelic substances. Their sound has been likened to Pink Floyd, Spacemen 3 and My Bloody Valentine.

Allmusic describes Bardo Pond as having “lengthy, deliberate sound explorations filled with all the hallmarks of modern-day : droning guitars, thick distortion, feedback, reverb, and washes of white noise.” Bardo Pond are a taper-friendly band who encourage fans to make recordings of their shows.


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  • expiry223

    How is Refulgo? :)

    16 Apr 10:03pm Reply
  • expiry223

    Amanita or Dilate could also be good starting points. All depends on which style you prefer though.

    16 Apr 10:01pm Reply
  • ruciofsky

    I'd recommend Ticket Crystals.

    9 Apr 11:40am Reply
  • DrewdaJew

    where does one begin?

    2 Apr 8:43pm Reply
  • helvettt

    Never thought I'd get to see them live, and now I am actually going to. Thank you, Austin Psych Fest. Can't wait.

    24 Mar 2:02am Reply
  • TheMukeyM

    possibly the best guitar sound ever

    15 Feb 4:35pm Reply
  • Illitoris

    lets blast off

    7 Jan 7:57am Reply
  • spreadblood4

    i love isobel's vocals on the new one so much, goddamn. this band will never die huh. so thankful for that.

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • evgenetic

    new album is out. pretty great overall, "chances" meanders a bit, "before the moon" is insanely good though, one of their best tracks in recent years.

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Shamcock

    I just got the self titled album and all I can say is holy fuck it's good

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
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    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • oaquard

    Their split with Carlton Melton was godly! One of the best psych things I've come across lately.

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • DustinDaniels

    great show tonight!! wow wow

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Smirnon

    people are lolling over Rise Above It All? it's vintage BP wtf

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • swishyBrainzees

    flutes, man. flutes.

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • spreadblood4


    12 May 2013 Reply
  • fluoxetine20mg

    great band for sure and they've kept going despite hitting their critical peak when i was still in grade school

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • franti91

    the comment is reminiscent of a retorting artist who is trying to enrapture the idolisation of a once-revered and intrinsically written (?) set of compositions, whilst not retaining the ideas and principles to propel any future incorporations (?) into the next iota.

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • sonotsoso

    what is "lol" about the new album?

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • oaquard

    Or at least my wondering what "bardo" meant would have been forgotten by the time I had the means to look it up without the internet.

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
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