Matt Pond PA Interview: SXSW 2010
Matt Pond PA, the band that lead singer Matt Pond describes as a "fast food phoenix," have had many incarnations over the year. One thing is for certain, though: Pond is never out of material to write and, therefore, needs to have a band to work with. Before the group heads to SXSW, Spinner spoke to Matt Pond about life on the road, why he writes so much music and if it's impossible to cover Prince.
Describe your sound in your own words.
It's kind of like indie rock, which is done independently. It kind of runs the gamut, from soft to the loud. The dynamic is everywhere.
Is it like chamber pop?
Yeah, I guess it kind of is. It's all built around the harmony.
How did your band form?
I guess my life fell apart and I needed something to do, so I created Matt Pond PA. It constantly falls apart and it regenerates, like a fast food phoenix.
What are your musical influences?
Neil Young. We were listening to him earlier on the road. Also, Spiritualized, the Magnetic Fields, Prince [and] a little bit of Johnny Cash.
How did you come up with your band's name?
I like to pay homage to Philadelphia [in my name]. When I lived there, it was a great place, and it was great place to cultivate it [the band] and it's grown beyond about what it was originally.
How does it compare to Brooklyn, where you live now?
New York is becoming a little overwhelming. Everybody in New York tends to retreat into living lives that are similar to lives you can live anywhere else for much cheaper.
You've covered artists like Oasis and Neutral Milk Hotel. Any other