The Matt Pavolka Band is Ben Monder, Pete Rende, Ted Poor and, uh, Matt Pavolka. They operate under his name because he writes the songs and gives them names. His songwriting is influenced by Borges, Pynchon, Saer, Motorhead and Engrish.com, among other things. The Band uses his songs as a framework for group improvisations that range from full-on wall-of-sound throw-downs to painterly meditations to Japanese Cosmology Lessons. "Something People Can Use" captures much of the vibe, raw force and exuberance that they generate in live performance. The cover art is pretty sweet, too.
The Matt Pavolka Band appears with some frequency in New York City and also on tour. They were recently spotted in Portugal performing and dancing on tables.
Matt Pavolka is, like, a dude who plays the bass. Some people think that he's totally awesome. He started out as a trombonist but couldn't take the derision. He thought chicks would dig him if he played the bass. He had it confused with the guitar. He is a redneck from the State of Indiana. He was born in Muncie. His parents went to college there with David Letterman. He grew up in Bloomington. Not far from there is a town called Raccoon, and another one called Needmore. He went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, mostly to get the hell out of Indiana. He played a lot of music there. He met many of the musicians that he works with to this day. He met his future wife. He wrote some music. He won some awards. He drank lots and lots of coffee, smoked lots and lots of cigarettes, ate bad pizza and didn't sleep much. He's much healthier now. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his beautiful and talented wife Akiko. He makes a lot of great music with amazing musicians in New York City and abroad. He occasionally makes mediocre music with mediocre musicians, for money.