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On the heels of a successful winter tour, Matt Pond has announced a summer tour in support of his critically acclaimed new 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’s upcoming summer tour will begin on June 27 and make stops in the South and Midwest. 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.”

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.”

Matt Pond Tour Dates

04.20 – Orlando, FL @ Park Ave (Matt Pond & Chris Hansen Record Store Day performance)
06.27 – Dallas, TX @ Belmont Hotel
06.28 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Live Oak Music Hall
06.29 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
06.30 – Norman, OK @ Opolis Production
07.01 – St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
07.02 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
07.03 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
07.06 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
07.07 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree
07.08 – Atlanta, GA @ The EARL
07.10 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s
07.11 – Orlando, FL @ The Social




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