Since forming in the early 2010s as a solo bedroom recording project of songwriter, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jake Webb, Methyl Ethel have grown into an international powerhouse. By blending diverse musical influences such as new wave and indie pop, the group have demonstrated a unique ability to craft songs that are both adventurous enough to tantalise the critics, while direct enough to become bonafide radio hits.
Across three albums (2015’s Oh Inhuman Spectacle, 2017’s Everything Is Forgotten and 2019’s Triage) and three EPs (2014’s Teeth and Guts and 2020’s Hurts To Laugh), Webb has proven to be a prolific and masterful purveyor of eccentric alt-pop. Methyl Ethel have attracted two Australian Music Prize nominations, a Top 5 Hottest 100 placement with the ARIA Platinum single Ubu, an ARIA Gold single in Twilight Driving and an AIR Best Independent Album award for Everything Is Forgotten.
Over the same period of time, POND have also been a colossal force in bringing the sounds of Perth to the world. Fronted by the brilliant and enigmatic Nick Allbrook, the group have swept audiences and critics alike off their feet with their sunshine-soaked psychedelia for over a decade. POND have performed sold-out headline shows across the nation and have gone on extensive tours of North America, Europe and the UK. They’ve also performed at a slew of the world’s biggest festivals including Coachella, Splendour in the Grass, Glastonbury, Primavera and more.
The shows at Magnet House follow on from a South West tour for POND, which hits The River, Margaret River on Friday, April 9 and Prince of Wales, Bunbury on Sunday, April 11.
Methyl Ethel and POND will play Magnet House on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1. For more info and to buy tickets head to oztix.com.au