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The Matches

The exuberant Oakland pop-punk outfit the Matches initially formed as the Locals in 1997 when vocalist/guitarist Shawn Harris, drummer Matt Whalen, and bassist Justin San Souci were still in the early days of high school together. Frustrated with the lack of under-21 venues in the Bay Area at the time, the guys took matters into their own hands, seizing a local warehouse that had been converted into a webcasting soundstage and launching a series of shows called L3: Live, Loud and Local. The band, which now also included guitarist Jon Devoto, initiated what they called "Commo Promo" tactics to promote the shows; they accosted people everywhere -- leaving concerts, malls, schools, dorms, restaurants, etc. -- with brief, hit-and-run, acoustic sets in the days prior to each L3 gig. Word spread quickly about the Locals and shows started selling out (about 450 kids) without any formal advertising, but soon enough, the quartet was forced to change their name after being contacted by the Chicago band of the same name (headed by Yvonne Doll).

With their newly minted moniker in place, the Matches scrapped enough money together to put out their first record. Recorded in basements and living rooms and released in February 2003, the tongue-in-cheek-titled E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals added more fuel to the fire growing around the band up and down the West Coast. Coupled with their invigorating live show, the guys landed dates with bands like Reel Big Fish, Lit, and Zebrahead, and also contributed a track to the 2003 Immortal Records holiday benefit compilation A Santa Cause alongside bands like MxPx, New Found Glory, and Fall Out Boy. The Matches had hooked up with Epitaph by the year's end and a remixed version of E. Von Dahl (which had already sold upward of 4,000 copies) was issued through the label in April 2004. Relentless touring continued, including stints on the 2004 and 2005 Warped Tours, and the group appeared on a three-way Takeover split with Near Miss and Reeve Oliver. All this activity led up to the eventual release of their sophomore album. The more ambitious Decomposer appeared in September 2006 and was recorded with nine producers having a hand in the project, including Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz, Rancid's Tim Armstrong, blink-182's Mark Hoppus, Goldfinger's John Feldmann and 311's Nick Hexum. After more extensive touring, in 2008, the band returned with a more heavily layered (and more uneven) record, A Band in Hope, described by Harris as "a pendulum's sway between hope and despair." ~ Corey Apar, Rovi
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Haha what are you talking about? Maniac did fine, they took time off while Jake went back to Australia to play with Something with Numbers, The new stuff with Vanessa, East Nowhere Social Club, is just a side-side gig. I hosted Maniac for a show where 7 people showed up to watch them play in my college's student center, the semester was over and everyone had gone home for summer, but the few of us that made it had a very personal awesome performance, and then I bought them lunch.
i think Shawn and Vanessa (his sister) are trying to start something cause manic panic never took off
I have every song of every album they've ever released. I've never gotten to see them live, and cried when they broke up.Such an incredibly UNDERrated band.
wolfnamedron
I was invited by some friends to go to a concert they were playing at but had to turn them down. Turns out they announced they were spliting up at that concert. I missed my last chance to see my favorite band live.
skonjie, are you supposed to embody this impressive version of punk you defend? Because you sound like a high school punk-poser who cares more about the patches on his thrift store leather jacket than you do the music you listen to. Grow up.
matthewhays9 4
they are crazy good live. they have some great dancemoves onstage also.
Obviously there is a whole generation of dudes born without any BALLS what so ever. This emo crap wanna be punk bands needs to go away and stay away for good! YUK!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
My all time favorite band. Got to see them live, meet them all, get my pic with them, and autographs before the ended. I love them and I hope for a comeback!!!!
Shawn Harris had some pretty sweet shoes at one of the smaller concerts I went to.
mkn6466
I still can't believe they're done...

It's so sad...


Pandora really needs to get their fourth album!
Went to the final shows at The Troubador and The Fillmore, and they palyed their hearts out! indefinite hiatus doesn't mean forever!
Sick little suicide was the first song I ever heard, and then I became more interested when I bought the CD E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals. Then bought the next CD, and now I'm in love.
these guys are insaine! put on a crasy good show,and came out afterwards and hung out with me &my buds
cata_radish
i like them
Probably one of the worst bands out there at the moment. They have 3 albums? That blows my mind. They must be connected.
annevn
One of the best live shows I've been to.
LOVE!
jazzbaruela
One of the greatest band and the most mind-blowing live performance ever!! Plus they are really sweet in person.

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