Matfield and The Pond – Not Quite ‘It’

Matfield and The Pond 'Not Quite It' front cover
Matfield and The Pond 'Not Quite It' back cover
Matfield and The Pond 'Not Quite It' side 2

Part of the early 1980s UK DIY movement, Matfield and The Pond was the duo of David Andrews and David Luery. They self released several cassettes in 1981 and 1982 and appeared on the 1982 compilation cassette Paranoia Is Awareness, along bands like The Apostles and Nocturnal Emissions. According to the Rate Your Music page, the 1989 Not Quite ‘It’ LP is a compilation of these early cassette releases, but the sound quality is pretty good for home recordings. Track #13 Jungle would come from their first 1981 cassette, apparently – see video below.

♫ The album is composed of songs and a few instrumentals, with guitar, bass and synth the main instruments. Most remarkable is the constant use of field recordings, noises, film excerpts and bird songs, including permanent gull cries on #5 The End. Also notable is the lack of drums. Music wise, the style is a very personal take on British Surrealism and Nonsense, thanks to vocal interjections, collages and juxtapositions, not unlike a Ron Geesin album. The song writing is brilliant, on a par with contemporary band Eyeless In Gaza, for instance.

01 It (:54)
02 (I used to be one of the)… Magical Crowd (2:35)
03 Cloned (3:01)
04 Eclipsing Binary in the Constellation of Orion (1:17)
05 The End (7:23)
06 Guess Whose Teeth Don’t Slope Back (5:59)
07 Don’t Surf (1:12)
08 Theme from The Wyrd (1:43)
09 The Energy Crisis (1:35)
10 Talons So Finch (3:21)
11 Art in N.Y.C. (4:43)
12 En Ni Wun Kan B (3:42)
13 Jungle (3:51)
14 Snorkelling (4:16)
15 Jam (4:27)

Total time ~50:00
LP released by Distortion Records, ref. DIST. 003, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, UK, 1989


Matfield & The Pond discography:
1981 “Pondsongs and Beowulf”, cassette, self-released, UK
1982 “It”, cassette, self-released, UK
1982 Three tracks on “Paranoia Is Awareness” compilation cassette, Cause for Concern, UK
1989 “Not Quite It”, LP, Distortion, UK

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18 Responses to “Matfield and The Pond – Not Quite ‘It’”

  1. 1 VicDiesel January 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Cool video! Looking forward to hearing the whole album.

  2. 2 continuo January 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm


  3. 3 Joaquín Mendoza Sebastián January 25, 2011 at 4:36 am

    @VicDiesel. If you liked the video….The images are from Andrei Tarkovsky’s masterpiece “The Mirror”, the scene with the woman washing her hair is an homage to a dream sequence from the movie “Los Olvidados” by Luis Buñuel. The old lady in the end is actually Tarkovsky’s mother.

    @continuo. thanks for the album, I loved Eyeless In Gaza…downloading


  4. 4 continuo January 25, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Thanks for the information, Joaquín. Hope you like the music.

  5. 5 David Andrews January 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Interesting to hear your flattering comments on The Pond albums. If you get in touch with me I can see about getting you copies of the remastered collected works. They do cost but we are still non profit making left wing so and sos, you will not be ripped off. We are not selling the back catalogue as such but we are willing to put a view copies “out there”. We still intend to record some new music but we made a vow back in 1982 not to do anything until at least 2015. This is for no particular reason. Not Quite It is what everyone has heard – it is our least favourite.

    David Andrews

  6. 6 continuo January 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Hi, David. Actually, not everybody has heard of Not Quite It and this post will be a discovery for many. That this disc is your “least favourite” leaves me wondering about the rest of The Pond’s output, though! Additional information regarding the making of Not Quite It is welcome on this comment section, if you feel like.
    Too bad you decided not to do any music between 1982 and 2015. Let’s hope you’ll be more active between 2015 and 2048 ;D
    I’ll get in touch with you later today. Thanks for dropping by.

  7. 7 mark humphreys May 18, 2011 at 1:38 am

    I had some great times with Dave and Dave – especially Dave – in the 1980s. Spent a day with a tape copier making copies of ‘Prem Wyrd’ and another taking photos of the band in a garden in Matfield in 1984.

    I found some casette albums of M+tP while moving house recently and have played them again with much enjoyment.

    Looking forward to new Matfield music in 2015 and to meeting Dave and Dave – especially Dave – again.

    Love to all

  8. 8 continuo May 18, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Thanks for your comment, Mark.

  9. 9 Luke November 4, 2011 at 12:29 am

    David Andrews was my English teacher at school.
    After years of putting up with us scruffy oiks he gave us a tape of this album on the last day before we all went off to University.
    Well over a decade later we still talk about it with due reverence.

  10. 10 jonathan savage November 4, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Private Car Park
    Patrons only
    Get your Cortina off of my property…

    That is about all I have to say on the matter!
    I have a tape of one of the albums not sure which, i don’t think it is “Not quite ‘iT'” I’ll dig it out and have a look!

    Really looking forward to 2015

  11. 11 Ted Barrow December 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Sorry to say Dave L passed away this week after a battle with cancer. I spent this morning and last night looking for my copy of ‘It’ without success, so thanks for making this download available. I played some of the drums that arn’t lacking from it! I spent many a Sunday making noise with the Pond, next to the pond, and many more nights at the Sussex Arms. Dave was a fabulous guy and a great friend and I miss him already. Much love to his wife, two daughters and grandchild who survive him. Tedx

  12. 12 continuo December 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Sad news. So I guess Matfield & The Pond won’t resume activities in 2015, as Dave Andrews more or less implied above.

  13. 13 Luke December 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Terrible sad news.

  14. 14 Helen Holmes December 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I just heard about Dave. So many amazing memories came flooding back. Have been in touch with a mutual friend – the pale blue Vitesse, Caravan concerts, parties, the Suss… RIP Dave, cartoonist extraordinaire, and good friend to a barking teenager many years ago
    Helen (Spence) Holmes

  15. 15 Dave Andrews January 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I will be setting up a website sometime in the future so that all of the Matfield and the Pond stuff can be downloaded. In this way hopefully the memory of Dave Luery’s contribution to the art form we all love can be appreciated. We were never famous or partcularly bothered about it. But I like to think we are representative of thousands of people beavering away in attics and garages who create music just because we like it, not for any monetary reward or kudos whatever. We just do it. And occasionally someone likes what we do. We are unsung heroes but at least we are singing.

    Dave Andrews

  16. 16 jan August 14, 2013 at 4:02 am

    can you upload it again ….

  17. 17 elle luery December 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    how sweet to unexpectedly come across this and know my dad was much appreciated. hello ted and david, funny to see you gathered here, dad had many an anecdote re. you and the sussex. david i think ma has all dads albums still but could you perhaps send me digital copies should you get the chance?

    Elle Luery

  18. 18 Dave Andrews July 15, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Several MATP tracks have been uploaded to Youtube – including the epic Beowulf…

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