All year round, it’s still summer. And indie rocker Matt Pond’s adventure continues. The brakes are shot, the pickup truck is rusted through and overheating. Everyone is out of their minds.
Matt Pond is not outspoken, but he loves to speak and to be spoken to. To dive into the frigid water of understanding and trust the depth. To write songs that make sense of ridiculous daily dissonance, beautifully failed relationships, of the brilliant miscalculations in an easy whisper. It’s that simple: It was all for the experience; it was all for the ride.
At around ninety-five miles an hour, the steering wheel will start to uncontrollably shake in most high-mileage, fifteen-passenger vans. At the same speed and in the same state of mind, it’s nearly impossible to navigate the murky world of music. Since its inception in Philadelphia in 1998, Matt Pond PA has traveled a road of perpetual transformation, a shifting cast of copilots and collaborators defining the band’s every season.
On August 11, 2017, matt pond PA will release Still Summer, their twelfth full-length album and the second Pond is releasing under his independent label, 131 Records. “It’s not about reliving the past,” says Pond. “It’s about allowing the present to breathe. It’s about holding hands with ghosts and then letting go.”
On this album Pond features the likes of Laura Stevenson, Laura Burhenn, Caroline Reese and Anya Marina. And of course there’s the copilots, Chris Hansen, Shawn Alpay, Mel Guerison and Kyle Kelly-Yahner, right there with him.
released August 11, 2017
Mixed and engineered by Chris Hansen
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio
Produced by Chris Hansen and Matthew Pond
Astronomical Assistance from Kyle Kelly-Yahner, Mel Guérison and Shawn Alpay
Made at 131 Records in Kingston, New York
All music © 2017 Binx Bolling Songs
Additional Recording by Tyson Kingrey in Portland, Chris Sugiura in San Francisco and Matthew Cullen at The IsOkOn.
Cover photograph © 2008 Amy Toensing (www.amytoensing.com
Design — Jenna Casey
Production + Execution — Teal Hutton
Cello — Shawn Alpay
Bass — Chris Hansen, Mike Campbell
Guitars — Chris Hansen, Matthew Pond
Keys — Chris Hansen, Matthew Pond
Drums — Kyle Kelly-Yahner, Chris Turco, Dan Crowell, Dan Ford, Sean Hansen
Vocals — Mel Guérison, Caroline Reese, Laura Stevenson, Laura Burhenn, Anya Marina, Teal Hutton, Chris Hansen, Matthew Pond, KC Williams (Thank you)