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  • Audio CD (April 8, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • ASIN: B00008O32B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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It brings a style of it's own even though it fits the appropriate genre.
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The music is great because they're like other bands you know and love, but they have their own sound at the same time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ben on June 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
ok i don't post too many reviews but after reading the other reviews that said this band sounded like New Found Glory, i had to come and set it straight. these guys really do not sound like NFG at all. seriously, i just don't see it. Ok you know the starting line has those two songs with Nate from Finch on their "say it like you mean it" CD?...well, it's sorta like that, except the quality is not as rich cuz it has a nice raw sound to this disc and it sounds great...and at times you can see a Finch influence but it's never so bad as to call it a ripoff or anything cuz the whole screamo thing is some of the best music and is really enjoyable. i like how they keep the scream in the background and the clean, singing vocals mainly up front. it is only 15 minutes long though and the first song is only 1 minute long and that's the only bad thing, but i think i'll survive until a full length is released, this band has a great sound and i doubt i'll be let down by them in the future, so basically get this CD if you like screamo and The Starting Line and Senses Fail with a Finch type scream. defiantely worth it.
-Ben
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
First off, I want to say that this is a good EP. It's not my favorite kind of music, but it's well done. It's a little heavy on the screamo sound that's come into fashion lately, but I see real talent and potential in this band. They'll only get better.
But I suppose this review is really just a retort to Scott Heisel's scathing criticism of Matchbook Romance for not thanking his website in their liner notes. After all it was enirely punknews.org that was responsible for their signing with Epitaph, and not, say, their music. Apparently his purpose in maintaining his website is to ride the coattails of talented groups to minor glory-by-association. As for his accusations of MR ripping off Finch and New Found Glory, well, they're just so well-thought out and strongly supported that I don't even know where to begin. But here goes. Yes, they may sound a little like Finch. They have screaming and guitars. And they sound just like NFG becuase they have singing. But as for "aping" either band, not so. Matchbook Romance's sound is all its own. They're more melodic than Finch and less poppy than NFG, with technical guitar and drum work thrown in to keep it interesting.
So in short, if you enjoy listening to talented people playing enjoyable music, give this EP a listen. After all, it's available for free streaming on the band's website. But if you like reading groundless, poorly written diatribes against hardworking bands, I guess go to punknews.org, or one of the many sites it imitates.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By marie g on August 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
umm. well i hated emo. because they all try so hard to be different that they ended up being the same. and even though that hasnt changed yet.... i picked up matchbook romance at target because the cd was NOT in a jewel case so i figured it had to be okay (woo noncomformers!) and it turned out to be really good. not the first time i listened to it, or the second. more like the eigth. but i really like the greatest fall song and the one that goes "Take my hand and never let me go." i used to be embarrased for screaming guys but this band made it okay. it actually made it really good.

quit trashing emo.

oh and pick up the used and something by pantera while you're at it!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josh on July 22, 2003
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This cd is amazing start to finish. Most may recognize The Greatest Fall (Of All Time) from the Atticus 2 compilation and hollywood & Vine on the Vans "03" compilation. The band has a emo/scream style with a melodic yet hard sound that set them apart from the rest of the emo craze. I saw these guys at the Warped tour this year and they were awesome !! I even got to meet Andy the lead vocalist and Ryan the bassist after the show and they were really nice guys. They have a full-length coming out in September, but buy the ep first, RIGHT NOW!!! You will not regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pedro on October 27, 2003
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i hate this emo/pop/whatever new bands but i like this ep, matchbook romance have something new to tell us. it sounds very heavy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Coleman on June 23, 2003
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The only bad review this disc got is completely undeserved and much of it is fabricated (unless scott has an handicap and cannot distinguish noises of different pitch, or perhaps he has no ears at all). It brings a style of it's own even though it fits the appropriate genre. It has some sweet riffs and the vocals are fantastic with well-timed screaming complementing the lead. Definetly check this one out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SicNic on April 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
5 songs, 15 minutes, just a great EP. It will be the best 15 minutes of your life listening to this disc. I can't wait to hear their full length to see if they can out do this EP.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelton H. Bumgarner on August 10, 2003
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This is an amazing band that i saw on tour this year at the warped tour. i just got there ep "west for wishing and it is amazing. if u like bands like thrice, finch, senses fail, story of the year, avenged sevenfold, coheed and cambria, motion city soundtrack, or story of the year, u should definetly cheack out this cd, and put a resurvation on for there new cd.
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