On Wednesday, VEVO premiered the official video for Matt Pond’s “Love To Get Used.” The video was directed by John Deeb and is the first in series of videos from the new album. Matt Pond said, “True love can be both transcendent and torturous. Open, exposed, interrogated and consumed, ‘Love To Get Used’ runs down the road of dark passion, all the way through to rapturous release.” “Love To Get Used” is the lead single from Matt Pond’s critically acclaimed album The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand out now on BMG. Relix raved, “Hints of American music icons Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty jump out (as do power-poppers Big Star), but really, the ten tracks remain Pond’s singular vision developed over years of experimentation.” Additionally All Music Guide said, “Lives is a collection of hopeful, almost wonderstruck looks at the human condition, delivered with enough tasteful and catchy hooks to make it one of the best albums in an already lengthy career from this seasoned indie troubadour.”
Matt Pond just completed a successful North American tour supporting Jukebox The Ghost. Matt Pond’s touring band is now comprised of longtime collaborator Chris Hansen along with newcomers Tierney Tough, Rawnson Forpah and Tre Hester. The Owl Magazine caught the band’s show at Los Angeles’ Echoplex and said, “the cohesive collection of musical talent in these five musicians is undeniable.” Look for Matt Pond’s Spring and Summer shows to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand is an ode to the bittersweet reality that we are human, we are finite, and we are flawed. “Matt Pond worked with [Chris] Hansen to give his folk-tinged chamber pop a more a percussive impact,” Magnet said. “The arrangements are more straightforward, even as their sonic environments are more expansive and nuanced.” The album sees Pond exploring new territory, but doing it in his unique way. While “Love to Get Used” is a playful departure from what we’ve seen before, “Hole in My Heart” strips down the frivolities and formalities that water down most songs about heartbreak, leaving a chillingly accurate, almost childlike description of the pain it causes. When times are tough though, art flourishes, and The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand is a demonstration of how an artist can transcend. “Someday I’ll stop breathing,” he says, “but I’ll never stop singing.”
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