Watch Matt Pond PA play with rabbits and farm animals in his chill video for "Rabbit."
Matt Pond was born in the state of New Hampshire where the state tree is the white birch, the bird is a purple finch, and the motto is live free or die. While he never hunted, he was quite skilled with a shovel and chainsaw. During college Matt played trumpet, French horn, and a little piano. He began teaching himself guitar in college, which materialized as his own unique brand of self-proclaimed professionally awkward playing kind of like a contortionist, but different. Very soon, he started playing in bands. Remarkably, his first two shows were opening for Superchunk and Bikini Kill. While living in Philadelphia working as a furniture mover, Pond met cellist Jim Hostetter while moving his furniture. The two struck up a friendship and Hostetter immediately began writing cello arrangements which became the heart of 1998's limited release Deer Apartments, the bands first full-length. Pond soon began writing and working with engineer Brian McTear whose production and musicianship greatly fleshed out matt pond PAs sound as evidenced by their second full-length, Measure, released by File 13 Records in 2000.