Matt Pond PA

Transmission Events presents

Matt Pond PA

Young Buffalo

Fri, April 17, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Club Dada

Dallas, TX

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is all ages

Matt Pond PA
Matt Pond PA
It's a complicated quest, trying to pin down all the different sides that make up Matt Pond PA, but they wouldn't have it any other way. They have always defied conventional descriptions; perhaps the only way to make sense of it all is to bring the band's past and future together as one, to let them meet and shake hands.

That's precisely what they've spent the last year chasing. The 10 Year Anniversary Tour of Emblems allowed fans old and new to experience the entire critically-acclaimed album from start to end. But it wasn't just about homage. The tour coincided with a successful Pledge campaign to support the making of their new album, The State of Gold. The new album has the same Matt Pond PA feel that fans know and love, but there's also an exciting level of experimentation—new sounds and compositions that take things to a different, wilder place.

The upcoming year will follow the same path as the last. The band is planning a 10 Year Anniversary Tour in support of another one of their most beloved albums, Several Arrows Later, as well as releasing The State of Gold to the masses.

The man behind it all, Matt Pond, continues to defy the labels placed on him. Ever-restless and searching, no matter where he is writing from, the music holds one commonality across every album and song—it's all an effort to communicate. Both in the lyrics and arrangements he creates there is a desire to connect the cognitive harmonies that exist between everyone.

There isn't a person alive who can escape stumbling over a tree root every now and then. But Matt Pond continues to believe, in music and in people. He knows that accompaniment is key, and in many ways, is the core of what he does. His name on the marquee shouldn't overshadow the likes of Chris Hansen, Tierney Tough or Shawn Alpay, the band's current core. And names from the past deserve homage as well, like Jim Hostetter, Eve Miller, Mike Kennedy, Brian Pearl, Dan Crowell, Steven Jewett, Josh Kramer, Dan Ford and so many more. These people have participated in different configurations over the life of the band, but they are still vital to maintaining Matt Pond PA's place as one of the most unique and prolific bands that exist today.
Young Buffalo
Young Buffalo
In Vietnamese culture, particularly in that of their farmers, the buffalo is a symbol of quality. The Water Buffalo is a common sight in Vietnam, and to your average Vietnamese citizen, the mention of this noble beast calls to mind the qualities of being hardworking, dedicated and of making the best of every situation that you are faced with.

Young Buffalo had no clue this was the case when they picked their name…

Nevertheless, the symbolism works well for the character of this young Oxford Mississippi based band, consisting of Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett. Oxford may not be known widely as a creative hub, but the thoughtful songwriting and multi-instrumental proficiency exhibited by Ben and Jim on their upcoming self-titled EP are prime examples of the artistic diversity that exists in their hometown.As Barrett is quick to point out, Oxford is a "cool mixture of a lot of different kinds of people and it's not necessarily the kind of Mississippi town you would normally imagine."

Born out of the University of Mississippi local music scene, the formation of Young Buffalo took place over several long and sporadic years. Ben and Jim began quietly writing music together when they were teenagers, forming their first band in high school. Although the two maintained their strong friendship, the band went their separate ways for a stint. It was during this time that Barrett self-recorded an EP in the spring of 2009, using the moniker Young Buffalo (a nickname he had for Ben in school). The recording ended up being well received locally, and the duo brought the Young Buffalo project to life.

Ben and Jim each have an eclectic array of interests and personal tastes that, when combined with their impressive musical aptitudes,has resulted in a sound that is both accessible and thoughtfully progressive. This amalgamation of influences is front-and-center on their new Kyle "Slick" Johnson produced EP, which was tracked at his studio in Philadelphia over a whirlwind week of 13-hour days. This EP is a beautiful compilation of two artists finding themselves as musicians and writing partners, and the diversity of the album is refreshing in a world where bands too often commit to one particular sound. From the pysch rock epicness of opener "Baby Demons" to the noise pop of the album's central track "Upstairs" to the more experimental vocal arrangements on "Nature Boy", there is something on the EP that will catch the attention of most discerning music fans, no matter their 'go-to' genre.

Though a central theme of this EP is the sense of urgency and confusion that comes with trying to escape something (as Barrett says "I'm currently living with my parents and this is definitely dealing with that, wanting to get the fuck out"), it was the efficiency of the recording process that the band found most therapeutic. While Yarbrough and Barrett offer a great deal of credit to their production team and the skill of their current bandmates for being able to cut such a quality album in such a short time,their songwriting is clearly at the foundation of this creative step forward for the band.

As Ben and Jim prepare to release their new E.P. this fall, they are seeing Young Buffalo in a more mature light. The band is a more cohesive unit than they have been at any other point in their career, and they are genuinely happy to be playing music together. When asked how the recording of this EP has changed his view of the band's future, Barrett offered this statement: "Two years ago I would've answered like 'we're going to win Grammy's and tour the world'. Now that's just bullshit. I just want to be able to tour and make records, anything else is bonus. I just want an excuse not to be a caterer full time".

Another quality Young Buffalo share with the water buffalo of Vietnamese culture is patience. This EP will serve as a coming out party of sorts for the band, and with the quality it exudes; their patient approach in getting to this point seems well worth the wait.
Venue Information:
Club Dada
2720 Elm St.
Dallas, TX, 75226