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The best kept secret in music


"Ponder ***"

You can pick up the debut CD (Think About It) of this newly formed Las Vegas group with a fair amount of confidence. Its members all have impressive pedigrees on the local music scene.
Shawn Eiferman, formally of Epstien's Mother, is at the helm on guitar and lead vocals. Eiferman was voted best acoustic guitarist by our readers back in 2000 and regularly hosts a weekly night of tunes at House of Blues.
John Lombardo, who has inked deals with Elektra, Meltdown, and Warner Bros., is on vocals and guitar. Singer and bass player Matt Wood has been kicking around this dusty town for years and Corky Gainsford has been playing with Eiferman in the musical sense for the last seven years.
As for the disc, it's a collection of 11 tracks of three-part harmony and straight ahead rock n' roll with an emphasis on guitars. My favorite? "Tiny Panties" but that is a subject for another time.

Martin Stien - Las Vegas Weekly 11.27.03

"Listerning Station 01.08.04"

"Think About It"
(four out of five stars)

Shawn Eiferman has cooked up a new band called Ponder, filled out by scene vets John Lombardo on Guitar, Matt Wood on bass and corky Gainsford on drums. How ironic that the corver art is a tweak on the Wonderbread logo, because Think About It--loose in the hips, glinting with menace and pain, growling with real feeling-- is anything but bland, fluffy stuff.
Think something closer to Clapton than Creed; what we have here are 11 tracks of frills free rock that have both songcraft and soul. Things really get under way with the third track, "After All;" propelled by a splashing, bluesy guitar figure. Even the poppier numbers--the jaunty "Seeing Things" or the hummable "Lionel and Rita" --uncoil with that ardor, that natural tunefulness--above all, that sense of entitlement, impossible to fake--that throbs at the heart of good rock n' roll. And hell, any band can turn out a track called "Tiny Panties," but that actuall has some soul to it and deserves some praise. It's a no brainer: Think About It is a five piece of work.

Andrew Kiraly - Las Vegas Mercury


After disbanding his former rock group Epstien's Mother, local music hero/mainstay Shawn Eiferman has re-emerged with a new pop-rock venture calling themselves PONDER. "Think About It," the band's self-released CD is chock full of radio ready adult contemporary alt-rock. These guys could easily be lumped in with Matchbox 20 or Lifehouse set, and be welcomed with open arms. One can certainly see why these guys have such a loyal following even though they have only been together for less than a year. Slick production and non threatening lyrics and songs a la Dave Matthews should secure these gents a spot on top 40 radio. Don't be surprised if you start hearing a lot more from Ponder in the near future. - Smash Magazine Oct. 2004


"Think About It" 2004 - 11 song CD, streaming play on MusicianMP3.com and on www.pondertheband.com

"After All" - Airplay on KOMP 92.3 Las Vegas

VH1 television program appearence on "Blinged Out"

SledX Extreme Snowbarding DVD


Feeling a bit camera shy


Since it's creation in 2003, PONDER has released and sold thousands of their self produced eleven son cd and are now in pre-production working on the fifteen song follow-up cd that is due out in the first part of 2003.
Shawn is an award winning singer/songwriter formerly of local Vegas band Epstien's Mother, voted best Acoustic Guitarist and UNLV's entertainer of the year two years in a row. See shawneiferman.com for more details.

John's experience in the music industry includes recording contracts with Elektra and Meltdown records, songwriting contracts with Warner Bros. and tours with bands like Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins,and Nirvana. When asked about his accomplishments, John replies, "That's nothing...you should see me juggle."

Matt has shared the stage with such legends as Bob Dylan, Al Green, and Robbie Kreiger. A singer/songwriter, Matt has been in the Vegas Scene all of his life and has worked with many of the Vegas elite including Ken Jordan (Crystal Method), Mark Huff, and Conni Emerson.

Corky is one of the premier drummers within the Las Vegas community. Over the las 3 1/2 years , he has performed as a drummer/percussionist in the Blue Man Group - Live at Luxor production. In 2003 he was selected as one of the top drummers in the Blue Man organization when he was picked to play the lead drum kit on their Complex Rock Tour, which performed in over 100 theaters, arenas, and amphitheaters across the USA and Canada. On this tour he performed on the NBC's Tonight Show With Jay Leno (3 times) and on Last Call with Carson Daly. This tour was documented on "The Complex Rock Tour Live" DVD, released in November 2003 on Lava Records. Since its release, the DVD has been certified Platinum by the RIAA and is continuing to sell in stores nationwide. He uses SABIAN cymbals and Vic Firth Drum sticks.