Sometime during winter 2009/2010, the namesake of Matt Pond PA took to a cabin in Bearsville, New York, to assemble The Dark Leaves. But even for a New Hampshire-bred indie/folk rocker who is admittedly not all that comfortable in a big city (like Brooklyn, his current home), hanging out in that rustic space wasn't a total blast.
“It wasn't awesome; it was cold,” said Pond in an interview conducted earlier this month for this week's print story (read it here). “Those little gaps that let in spring breezes also let in snow and ice.”
Still, it was for the best that Pond kept away from the city to create his band's eighth
album. He regards “the natural world” as his songwriting filter of sorts, and The Dark Leaves' melodic tracks showcase images like a winter fawn guiding a narrator home, sparrows sounding the break of dawn and rivers tinted by moonlight.
The sum hints at a fondness for Whitman-esque simplicity. Underneath the serene imagery, however, he still finds himself dealing with the problems caused by people. “Most of [my songs] were about the way your friends and your lady friends tend to break your heart,” said Pond with a soft, breathy laugh. “The album is about me trying to convince me. With music, I try to convince myself not to hate on everything.”
Tonight, the Brooklyn-based front man pours his heart (and harmonies) out at Chain Reaction alongside Rocky Votolato and Ray Torres. 8 p.m. $13 in advance; $15 at the door. All ages.