Indie-pop singer-guitarist Matt Pond not only penned an original song for The O.C., he also covered Oasis's "Champagne Supernova" for the show. His band, Matt Pond PA, has been receiving rave reviews for its sixth release, Several Arrows Later, an album rich with honest melancholy, with piano and strings flourishing over its poppy palette. Life seems pretty good for Pond. But it's his troublesome van that has Pond preoccupied. The damn thing has been causing turmoil since before the band left its home base, Brooklyn.
"After our first show, our van was broken into and all our gear was stolen," he says. "Also, our van was breaking down and we had to cancel a few shows. It's all bad things up against all these good things." The current tour and hopefully the van will bring Matt Pond and Co. to Walter's on Washington today.
In the eight years Pond has been touring as Matt Pond PA, nearly 30 musicians have played with him. But since Pond moved from Pennsylvania to Brooklyn in 2003, he has found harmony with bassist Daniel Mitha, pianist-guitarist Brian Pearl, drummer Dan Crowell and cellist Dana Feder. "You have to get along with someone if you're touring with them," says Pond. "It's closer than being in a relationship." Especially when you're stuck on the side of the road.