Posted July 26, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

Matt Pond PA Releases Light-Hearted New Music Video

Matt Pond PA
Matt Pond PA

All Bandcamp proceeds from sales of Matt Pond PA’s forthcoming Songs of Disquiet EP will benefit the Save the Music Foundation. 

To build anticipation for the EP, the group just shared the new video for the band’s take on the Thermals‘ classic “A Pillar of Salt.” The clever video features comedians Nikki Glaser, Anya Marina, Andrew Collin, Ian Fidance and Matt Pond dancing and singing along to the song on a Zoom call.

“At the beginning of this year, I was helping manage Nikki Glaser’s theater tour featuring Andrew Collin and Anya Marina,” says band leader Matt Pond in a press release. “It was a dream to watch these insanely talented people perform across the country (while constantly mocking me). The truth often gets glossed over in the flood of social media, but they are all brilliant lunatics with huge hearts. The shows re-instilled a faith in my gut to keep rocking and a desire to finish our next album and eventually get back on the road. Then, things changed. But there’s still hope. Nikki, Andrew, Anya as well as their cycling sidekick, Ian Fidance, showed me that the isolation is mostly in my mind. And I believe them. More than anything, I know someday we will all rock together again. YESSS!”

Pond says the Thermals’ song resonated with him immediately after he heard it in the early aughts. 

“I remember disappearing into my headphones — time after time on tour after tour — to help me renew a faded sense of self and waltz in a distant mental state, where good always prevails over evil,” he says.

In March, Matt Pond PA — Matt Pond and Chris Hansen — found itself having to completely reevaluate the way it works.

The Songs of Disquiet EP features eight songs — some covers and some originals — born out of both a global pandemic and a worldwide civil rights movement. The collaborations on the album happened at a distance.

All of the songs (some covers, some originals) speak to themes of not only disquiet and unrest but also inner transformation and hope.

The cover art was created by artist Rachel Stewart.


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