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MATT POND PA
SEVERAL ARROWS LATER
ALTITUDE

This Brooklyn-based indie-pop combo are led by singer-guitarist Matt Pond; the "PA" refers to Philadelphia, where Pond formed the group in 1997. Heís one of those emotional indie guys who sings with a clenched, throaty gasp that makes it sound like whatever heís singing about is a really big deal, even when it probably isnít. But, unlike many of his peers, Pond knows how to surround his voice with arrangements that temper that intensity and stabilize the music. Which makes Several Arrows Later a lot more listenable than lyrics like "I can beat myself up with success" might suggest. Nearly every track offers something to counterbalance Pondís anxiety: "The Trees and the Wild" pulses with a jaunty keyboard figure, "So Much Trouble" has a cool Morse-code guitar part, the title track coasts on a ticking, processed drumbeat that gives the singerís moping some valuable motion. Pond can whine all he wants; his bandmates have his back.

Matt Pond PA + Liz Phair | Avalon, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston | Oct 14 | 617.228.6000

BY MIKAEL WOOD


Issue Date: October 14 - 20, 2005
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