Music Scene: A Silent Film, Holy City Pop, Matt Pond

By Matthew Godbey

Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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A Silent Film

For the past seven years, Oxford, England’s indie-rock quartet A Silent Film has been proving itself as a band with a new sound and old ethics.

Relatively unknown in the U.S., A Silent Film has taken to the road in recent years to try and build its overseas presence, touring tirelessly with the likes of Sleigh Bells, The Smashing Pumpkins, OneRepublic, Temper Trap and Fitz & The Tantrums to help its efforts.

The band released its U.K. debut, “The City That Sleeps,” in 2008 and quickly began drawing comparisons to other British bands with entrancing rock styles, such as Coldplay, Keane and Snow Patrol.

The band wisely worked on building a following in its native land before releasing the U.S. version of the album in 2010.

Since then, A Silent Film has become somewhat of a band of road warriors, having performed nearly year-round throughout the States, the U.K. and beyond.

The band celebrated the release of its latest effort, “Sand & Snow,” in mid-2012.

A Silent Film will perform Saturday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at etix.com. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Go to musicfarm.com or call 577-6989 for more.

Holy City Pop

Longstanding Charleston fixtures The Explorers Club and Slow Runner will join relative newcomer Luke Cunningham at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., for the Holy City Pop concert on Saturday night.

Each act will co-headline the event for an eclectic evening showcasing a range of musical styles that, according to its promoters, aims to highlight “the collaborative spirit of the very bands and live events which set the city apart from others.”

The Explorers Club will bring its brand of beach-inspired retro-pop, while Slow Runner returns to the Charleston forefront with its progressive indie-pop sound that made it a favorite following the band’s 2005 debut, “No Disassemble.”

Cunningham adds to the night’s musical diversity with emotionally charged alt-country/rock sing-alongs.

Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 the day of the show and are available at the Charleston Music Hall box office, etix.com, or at Monster Music and Movies and Cat’s Music locations.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Go to charlestonmusichall.com or call 800-514-3849 for more information.

Matt Pond

New York-based singer/songwriter Matt Pond has spent more than a decade as the principal songwriter, vocalist and only original member of the group Matt Pond PA.

During that time, Pond became known for creating a jangly type of refinement that reverberated through the indie-rock shell of the group’s eight full-length albums and numerous EPs since forming in 1998.

Pond’s vocals echo an early Evan Dando, with a low-pitched mutter that still manages to sound optimistic.

Of course, tambourines, cello plucks, string arrangements and sensory-enveloping effects always help to disguise any sense of melancholy, but the gloom still hovers over most of his songs.

The balance lends a necessary seriousness to what might otherwise be written off as dizzying gluttony and gives a heartbeat and soul to the expansive, complex musical landscape Pond creates.

Matt Pond will be at the Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road, on Friday in support of his first solo album, “The Lives Inside the Lines of Your Hand,” due out Tuesday.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 the day of the show and are available at the venue. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Call 571-0775 for more information.