Matt Pond is one of the artists I hold responsible for dragging my life back towards music nearly eight years ago. It was the video for the song "Closest" which showed a band in their individual preparations for a session in the studio that piqued my interest in this band. Each going throught the mundane activities we all share like making some coffee or brushing your teeth or walking the dog, before heading out to catch a bus, or drive, or walk to whatever our destination is. The band members all arrive at the same time, go inside, strap on their instruments, which they strum, pluck, bow or strike all in unison, and the video ends. The song's resemblance to Fleetwood Mac was not lost on me.
The revelation was the realization that, in spite of their exhalted status as musicians, we shared the same concerns and hopes and dreams, even across generations, as we meet our basic rituals of survival. This was before I was able to number even one musician among the people I know and I was thunderstruck with the desire to meet these people. That was a life-altering moment and now, over seven years later, I consider most of my best friends to be musicians. "Life is change", and as I began to go out and see the band Matt Pond PA there were constant line up changes in the band over the years.
But now Matt Pond has reinvented himself as a new band (minus the PA) and released a new album, The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand, which may be the best album of his career. So sure-footed and self-possessed, it sounds like the work of someone who has reached a place of comfort where the music and lyrics are a reflection of a life in balance. The album is comfortingly familiar yet stakes out new ground for this accomplished artist. He appears on a bill with Jukebox the Ghost on Thursday at Echoplex and I'll be there.
Radio Free Silver Lake is proud to present the premiere resident night for Haunted Summer at Casey's on Friday night. This local project of love is likely to attract a crowd of friends and admirers, especially with Avi Zahner Isenberg on the bill. Other bands you can catch this week include Xu Xu Fang, Seasons, Radar Bros., Young Empress, Cardoza and The Mid Cities. Look out below...