It’s a complicated quest, trying to pin down all the different sides that make up Matt Pond PA, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. They have always defied conventional descriptions; perhaps the only way to make sense of it all is to bring the band’s past and future together as one, to let them meet and shake hands. That’s precisely what they’ve spent the last year chasing. The 10 Year Anniversary Tour of Emblems allowed fans old and new to experience the entire critically-acclaimed album from start to end. But it wasn’t just about homage. The tour coincided with a successful Pledge campaign to support the making of their new album, The State of Gold. The new album has the same Matt Pond PA feel that fans know and love, but there’s also an exciting level of experimentation—new sounds and compositions that take things to a different, wilder place.
The upcoming year will follow the same path as the last. The band is planning a 10 Year Anniversary Tour in support of another one of their most beloved albums, Several Arrows Later, as well as releasing The State of Gold to the masses.
The man behind it all, Matt Pond, continues to defy the labels placed on him. Ever-restless and searching, no matter where he is writing from, the music holds one commonality across every album and song—it’s all an effort to communicate. Both in the lyrics and arrangements he creates there is a desire to connect the cognitive harmonies that exist between everyone.
There isn't a person alive who can escape stumbling over a tree root every now and then. But Matt Pond continues to believe, in music and in people. He knows that accompaniment is key, and in many ways, is the core of what he does. His name on the marquee shouldn't overshadow the likes of Chris Hansen, Tierney Tough or Shawn Alpay, the band’s current core. And names from the past deserve homage as well, like Jim Hostetter, Eve Miller, Mike Kennedy, Brian Pearl, Dan Crowell, Steven Jewett, Josh Kramer, Dan Ford and so many more. These people have participated in different configurations over the life of the band, but they are still vital to maintaining Matt Pond PA’s place as one of the most unique and prolific bands that exist today.