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Road Warrior Matt Pond on Brains and Danger

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Updated: Monday, March 4, 2013 15:03

Matt Pond

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Matt Pond

Matt Pond is an extremely talented musician, but it turns out he’s also a beast on the road. Pond’s new solo album, The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand, bounces off the walls with energy. It is a feel-good pop album with Pond’s unique twist. College Times caught up with Pond on Valentine’s Day to chat about brains, touring and dangerous behavior behind the wheel.

Happy Valentine’s Day, man.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you, although it’s a little sad on the road. It makes it kind of lonelier. [There’s] a lot of hugs. High fives and hugs, that’s as far as it goes today.

Did you think you would be a musician or did you have secret side ambitions?

I wanted to be a history professor or an academic, but I wasn’t smart enough. I know how to test for it. I just don’t know how to think it and achieve it. I forget everything. I have the worst memory in the world. It’s not the best profession for someone that has a terrible memory.

How does that work? Musicians need a great memory, too.

I have to practice extra because of my brain. It’s just a lot of practice and you forget things and make mistakes but I find it be…y’know, a part of this is the humanness of it and I like that part of it. Along with the songs that I have that I’ve [written] for myself it’s, like, 200 songs. I don’t know how to play all of these songs.

Tell me about your band and how it’s been playing together.

I’ve played with Chris for a few years and he basically makes this all happen, but the rest of them are from Florida and they’re really great people. This conglomeration, there’s no one I’d like to hug or high five more.

The new album is really upbeat. I bet the shows on this tour are one big dance party.

We just did a radio thing and the radio things are acoustic and it’s so not dance party it makes me… I’m so excited to play a show tonight, y’know. It sucked all the dance out and now I want to put the dance back in.

Besides touring what else are you up to this year?

That really takes up a lot of time. Songs come into your head while you’re playing a show so that’s exciting. I feel like I wrote an album the other night when I couldn’t sleep. I can’t remember that album, but it’ll come back to me. It’s mostly just kind of maintaining your mental health. That’s my hobby. We’ve had some time off so this is kind of a shock.

Have there been times when you’re on the road and you’ve found yourself in a dangerous situation?

I mean, we’re in Columbus now and Chris and our old drummer were held up at gun point buying Doritos once. I wasn’t there. We’ve driven through probably some of the craziest things in the world. Even this tour has blizzards and crazy cold. It’s just ridiculous. But one time were driving over a mountain in Oregon in northern California and it was snowing so hard that the windshield wiper wouldn’t work, so I had to sit in the driver side window with the car in cruise control and someone else steering from the other side while I’m beating the snow off the windshield. That was pretty crazy, but I like stuff like that. There’s nothing we could do, but I like these situations that are life or death. This was something unlike I had ever seen, but it was fun…I wouldn’t do it again.

Jukebox The Ghost w/Matt Pond, Lighthouse & The Whaler, Crescent Ballroom, February 26, 8 p.m., $12-$14

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