Exuding a new, psychedelic and disco-infused energy, As You Think marks a huge step up and change in direction for the Manchester/Liverpool based four-piece, Pondarosa. The band spoke with The Fountain about the track and their plans for 2021 as well as their best venues.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to As You Think?

It’s been a great reception so far! People have really taken to the change in sound and the direction we’re heading in by introducing synths and keys into the mix. This single is a big step towards what we’re trying to move towards in the future and we’re really happy with how it turned out, so it’s been quite rewarding to know that it’s had a bit of an impact on people. BBC Introducing and BBC Merseyside have been really getting behind it and Dave Monks has played it a few times. It’s reassuring when you get support like that, it makes you feel like you’re on the right track!

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

I could probably talk about it all day! But I’ll go with: “It’s the bridge between two worlds: the old, more indie-based Pondarosa, and the new, disco, soul and pop influenced Pondarosa.”

TF: What is your plan for 2021, after this release?

It’s quite a weird time to be releasing a single because normally you’d be out there playing gigs to help with the promotion and create a bit more of a buzz, but with everything on pause at the minute we can’t! We’re in the middle of finalising some of our plans for 2021. We really hope for our sake and for everyone else’s sake that live music is able to come back strong next year, I think everyone’s realised just how important it is to fans and artists alike. We’re hoping to record another new single early on in the year to release in time for our next gig in May, supporting The Cheap Thrills at the Arts Club in Liverpool. In the meantime I guess we’re just recharging our batteries a bit, it’s been a tough year for us and the rest of the world.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

Night People in Manchester has been a good one for us, we started with a show to forget there but since then we’ve played two really good ones where everything lined up nicely: the sound, the atmosphere and the performance. It’s a great feeling when everything just clicks like that. The Castle Hotel is another one of our favourites, we made our debut there supporting Honeymoan, who are the biggest band we’ve played with – they’re brilliant live and we got on well with them so that was a good experience for us. We look forward to every gig in every venue though, and not being able to play live has only made that feeling stronger. We’ve played a lot of different venues, mostly in Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, and you take them in your stride on the night but learn something new upon reflection every time. It’s all a learning curve when you’re at the start of your career!