Matt Pond PA is a New York-based band formed in Philadelphia by singer-songwriter Matt Pond. It has released twelve LPs and numerous EPs since 1998.
Throughout the years Pond has enlisted a rotating cast of collaborators for recording and touring, including cellists Jim Hostetter and Eve Miller, violinist Rosie McNamara-Jones, drummers Mike Kennedy and Dan Crowell, bassists Matt Raisch and Josh Kramer, and guitarists Jim Kehoe and Brian Pearl. Chris Hansen, producer and guitarist, has been a core member of the group since 2007. Cellist Shawn Alpay, who performs individually as Completions, is currently recording and touring as a member of the band.
Matt Pond PA’s newest album, entitled Winter Lives, was released on November 11, 2016. It was entirely funded, produced, and distributed independently through Matt Pond’s own label, 131 Records. The record consists of a mix of original, cover, and instrumental songs.