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The PondHawks / Bio


The PondHawks are an original band from Chicago who are changing the style of pop/rock music. Catchy melodies are exhilaratingly fresh and Beatles-esque. The songs are delightfully infectious with playful lyricism that is exuberant and gutsy. The band's arsenal of music takes the listener on an eclectic journey into Indie Rock spirited by Classic Rock influences that transcend the boundaries of contemporary music. You could say The PondHawks have created a new music genre.

The band has a unique contemporary retro rock sound with signature vocal harmonies reminiscent of The Beatles, ELO and Wings. Their albums have a bit of humor, ear candy, stellar rock 'n' roll and outstanding musical finesse.

The PondHawks are currently Chicago’s #1 Indie band and ranked in the top 10 Indie bands in the USA and the world. Their song "Drive" charted at #1 for 13 weeks on Music World Radio's Top 20 Alternative Songs Euro Chart.

Their fan base has grown to over 274,000 with 192,168 Facebook LIKES, 46,406 myspace fans with 1.4 million page views and 31,200 + twitter followers. They have over 53,150 Youtube video plays, 104,181 song plays just on their Reverbnation.com page alone and another 4,322 fans following through Reverbnation.

When their first new song (“Winter Wine”) in three years premiered on a UK radio station in December, 45,842 listeners from around the world tuned in to hear the song.

Both of their albums “The PondHawks Have Landed” and “Dreaming Over Ireland” have received extensive airplay in the US and around the world. KNYSNA FM (97.0) in South Africa has been playing the PondHawks for 165 weeks straight!

In April 2016 the band will released their third album.


“The PondHawks are literally THE band to watch, major label deal or no deal. The band exudes a Beatlesque vibe that I haven’t heard many bands today offering. The vocal harmonies take you on a real ride full of twists and turns and I'm actually sitting here trying to figure out how they actually harmonized all of those vocal spirals? This is freaking awesome!” -- I Am Entertainment Magazine

“The PondHawks land in the Top 10 Regional Albums of 2011…” 7) The PondHawks have embraced the Liverpool pop sound and have created a tasty slab of original songs that while fresh, have a familiar feel. Infectious hooks, playful lyrics and spirited playing, nice male/female vocal harmonies, coupled with bright production and a vibrant approach make “...The PondHawks Have Landed” an album sure to take up residence in your stereo.
--Tom Lounges, music critic – Northwest Indiana Times

“The PondHawks are light years ahead of most new artists... The amazing thing to me is the feeling of how badly this music was needed. It’s been longer than I can remember since an album has so strongly resonated with me. When I get new music at KPOV, I listen to some and decide whether they should get airplay. I then play The PondHawks right afterwards, and there is no comparison.” -- Tom Jasper - KPOV 106.7 FM (Bend, OR)

“The PondHawks! WOW! Innovative, unabashed, catchy, interesting, even kooky (in a great way), and always consummately professional in all four-part harmony!”
-- Thomas Gilding, Station Manager - WBSD-FM 89.1 Milwaukee/Burlington, WI

“The PondHawks have a contemporary pop sound that merges happily with an unforgettable past. Dance to it, sing to it and revel in it. It's pop on the rocks that requires no chaser. 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. Their outstanding oeuvre encompasses levity, handclaps and ‘Sergeant Pepper’-esque kitsch.”
-- Lisa Torem - Penny Black Music (UK)

“The PondHawks, a tremendous five-piece with stunning melodies, harmonies, and energy... the true trifecta of the IPO ethos! Love 'em!! One of my fave bands at the IPO. Their songs keep rising on various charts, and for good reason, because they rock the British inflected, ‘60s influenced pop music! Some British influences, some U.S. influences, radio friendly pop/rock, but their stock in trade are their wonderful male/female harmonies and sparkling hooks! One of the tightest, most professional bands we've ever had at the IPO. As good as their CDs are, they're 10 notches above it live!” 
-- David Bash, promoter of the International Pop Overthrow Tour

The band has opened twice for Davy Jones (The Monkees), David Cassidy, Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), The Doobie Brothers and The Temptations.

General Info

Band Members
Mario Novelli - Vocals/songwriter/guitar/bass/keyboards/drums/mandolin/ukulele/percussion, Jorie Gracen - Vocals/songwriter/keyboards/piano/synth/guitar/percussion
Artist Name
The PondHawks
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Indie / Alternative / Adult Contemporary

Contact Info

Chicago, IL

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