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The new release from Oakland, CA's Matches is the sonic showcase the band has always deserved, matching their intense, sardonic, and infectious songs with ambitious arrangements that recall the studiocraft of the 70s. One of Alternative Press's most anticipated albums of 2008. The band will also be co-headlining this spring's Alternative Press tour. RIYL: Motion City Soundtrack, Panic! At The Disco, Say Anything.

1. AM Tilts
2. Their City
3. Wake The Sun
4. Darkness Rising
5. To Build A Mountain
6. We Are One
7. Point Me Toward The Morning
8. From 24C
9. Clouds Crash
10. Betweens Halloweens
11. If I Were You
12. Future Tense
13. Yankee In A Chip Shop
14. Proctor Rd.

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  • Audio CD (March 18, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B0012IWHQE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Matches are four nonsmokers with radically different dietary habits, unified by the love of stepping into brand new socks, and amateur voodoo. The band's new record, A Band In Hope (March 18, 2008), will be their third on indie label Epitaph, preceded by Decomposer (September 2006) and E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals (2004). Both A Band In Hope and Decomposer are the result of the ... Read more in Amazon's The Matches Store

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danny S on July 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
My has this band come a long way in such a short time. I remember seeing them as "The Locals" at a local venue iMusicast just a few years ago, playing mostly pop/punk/ska. Now here they are as, in my opinion, one of the most innovative modern "pop/punk" (for lack of a better word) group. Their real genre is not pop/punk or alternative or what they typically have been classified. This album shows a true artistic, experimental, psychedelic side that Shawn Harris himself best coined it as "Schizophrenic."

I hear a lot of moaning and groaning from the "E von dahl.." fans, but the fact is, if you are musically educated, you would know this blows their debut album out of the water. You may hear that Yankee in a Chip Shop, or Point Me Toward the Morning are the highlight tracks. But the REAL gems on this CD are From 24C, Proctor Rd, and Darkness Rising, the ones that have been typically classified as "not listener friendly." I really hope that the Matches don't listen to the close-minded, not-so-musically educated critics and lose this creativity that they are showing in this album. Other highlights that branch out and yet are closer to their old style are AM Tilts, Future Tense, and Between Halloweens.

So as this CD may at first sound too different, or too out there, give it a few tries and apprectiate the originality of the music and the near-genius lyrics. This is one of my favorite albums of all time.

Just check out the title "A Band in Hope". Is it really? Or maybe Abandon Hope? Think about it, this band will make you think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on April 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a bit different than what I expected; I had only listened to the first two tracks before deciding to just buy the whole thing, and guess what? The rest of the CD varies quite a bit from the first two tracks. Not that it's bad, it's just a different sound. For example, "Darkness Rising", "Clouds Crash", and "Proctor Rd" are much more subdued than the other tracks--they're a little slower, softer, and less in your face--and I feel that they're missing something. My favorites are "AM Tilts", "Their City", "Wake the Sun", and "Yankee in a Chip Shop". If you're a diehard fan of this band, then you'll want to add this to your collection, but if you're just looking for some good tunes, listen to some previews first and download the ones that suit your taste individually.
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There are various types of songs on this album.

Most noticable, there are songs that sound like they could be from the 70's era: There are some ballads (or wanna-be ballads at least; "Darkness Rising") and there are some fist-pumping/chanting numbers ("This City", "We Are One"). There is even "Between Halloweens", which I think, mixes Queen inflence and modern rock quite well. You can tell Queen was a big influence on at least a handful of the songs on here.

And I'm no expert on classic rock, but I would say a couple songs have some Guns 'N Roses influence on them, based on some of the lead guitar licks. ("Point Me Towards the Morning", "Between Halloweens")

And then, there are some poppy pop-rock songs ("AM Tilts", "Wake the Sun", "To Build a Mountain", etc.) These songs are ones I think most of the general public would like.

And, as I mentioned in the title, The Matches get more experimental...at least in "24C" & "Proctor Rd." Now before I had written that "24C" "barely [has] a melody," but I have since changed my mind. It is one of those songs that grows on you. I knew it actually had parts to it I liked, so I downloaded it and from there it grew on me. So I apologize for previously insulting the Matches on that one. But I still stand on saying "Proctor Rd." is just pure filler. It builds up and then just stops. What were they thinking?

All-in-all, this album is at best, just a "good album". I was trying to think of why this is, exactly, and then it hit me. It's as if they went "Let's make a Queen song. Ok, now let's make a really weird experimental song. Ok, now let's make a pop rock song from that could be from the 70s," and so on.

So in one way, it's cool what the Matches did.
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By JWM on March 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
It's a mashup of a record, I'll be the first to admit, but it works and plays to it's theme of hope and abandonment. The only song that attacks and latches to you, like Salty Eyes and Papercut Skin did on Decomposer, is Yankee In A Chip Shop, which makes me want to get on tredmill and run run run all 10 blocks.

What you get with this album are a bunch of tracks similar to Didi My Doe p2 from Decomposer, songs that might not stick out the best when you go through the ablum the first time, but stand on their own through out time and listens, more than I can say of some songs on their previous albums.

Stand Out Tracks: AM Tilts, Wake The Sun, Point Me Towards The Morning, Yankee In A Chip Shop
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don't get me wrong, I really enjoy this album, but there's one flaw that just tends to bug me sometimes.

With Decomposer, The Matches showed that radical creativity is just a natural thing for them; they're naturally weird and different. And that's what attracted me to them.

The thing with this album is, often times it seems like The Matches are trying harder and harder to be weird and different, instead of just letting the radical creativity come to them.
Alot of songs on this album reach near-operatic status, but none of this are really bad things, in fact I like it sometimes.
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