Matt Pond PA

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: indie indie rock seen live indie pop singer-songwriter alternative rock acoustic Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 2000s
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Originating from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this US chamber pop band has been led from the outset by singer-songwriter Matt Pond. The titular leader had previously worked with indie rockers Mel’s Rockpile, but after leaving his native New England for Philadelphia he decided to concentrate on a more pop-orientated approach with his new band. Matt Pond PA’s self-released 1998 debut Deer Apartments also featured Josh Kramer (guitar/bass), Sean Byrne (drums), Jim Hostetter (cello) and Rosie McNamara-Jones (violin). Both this album and the 2000 follow-up, Measure, established the band’s unusual take on indie pop, with extensive use of strings and horns featuring inviting the ‘chamber pop’ tag. Pond’s vocals, meanwhile, were uncannily similar to Robert Smith of UK indie stalwarts the Cure.

The line-up had completely changed by the advent of the band’s third album, with Pond and Hostetter joined by Jim Kehoe...

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