The PondHawks Have Landed

Label
The PondHawks
Release date
16 Mar 2010
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
52:17

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Midnight Howl 3:47 27
2 Dragonfly 3:41 30
3 On the Phone With Thillerie 3:16 7
4 Your Mind Is Hard To Find 3:26 5
5 Weather Girl 4:22 19
6 Sweet Dreams In the Rain 5:37 8
7 Start Over 4:02 5
8 Cliff Note 3:13 6
9 Fire Eyes 3:06 18
10 Stranded 4:00 4
11 When Autumn Comes To Town 4:00 4
12 Time Flies 2:42 6
13 Crying Hyena 3:11 6
14 Shattered Dreams - Broken Wings 3:54 4

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The PondHawks Have Landed: REVIEW

This band that should be called a band on the rise has been frequently compared to a certain band that penned ‘Band on the Run’. In 2007, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist Mario Novelli, a dashing McCartney look-alike; Jorie Gracen, singer, guitarist, keyboardist and iconic rock photographer (‘I Saw Him Standing There’) and Roger Burden, Michael Gillespie, Gary Diamond and John Rivera, who provide voracious rhythm, formed the Pondhawks.

Heavily influenced by the Fab Four, Clapton, Hendrix and the miraculous range of Roy Orbison, the band has infused indie pop with sophisticated, bright tonalities, shimmering harmonies and themes that touch on frothy romance and fantasy. That said, their live performance has usually garnered surprises; such as when they were joined by the Harrison Street Ukulele Players who balanced out their grand slam signature, ‘Dragonfly.’

Their outstanding oeuvre encompasses levity, handclaps and ‘Sergeant Pepper’-esque kitsch. A video from their debut album, ‘The Pondhawks Have Landed’, two and a half years in the making, was created by Randy Reisen and shows blonde Gracen brandishing the twist while the charismatic Novelli flashes an intoxicating smile towards an imaginary audience.

Opening track ‘Midnight Howl’ reveals, “Photographs of days gone by/never seem to ease the pain,” and waxes about “Something in the air tonight/looking for a late night prowl.” This immediately enthralling track trembles boldly along with a cliff-hanging bass line.

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  • 111Ent

    I really enjoyed your music "The PondHawks"!!! So I'm giving you a big shout out on Last.FM. Congratulations on all your success and the many more rewards to come. "Touch The World" F.L. Freeman, Audio Engineer/ Mixer - 111 Entertainment LLC

    16 Jul 2012 Reply