03. Playing For Keeps
05. Lovers & Liars
06. Tiger Lily
07. Shadows Like Statues
08. My Eyes Burn
09. She'll Never Understand
10. If All Else Fails
11. Stay Tonight
12. The Greatest Fall (Of All Time)
13. Epitaph Tour Video Summary
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Stories And Alibis
With "Stories And Alibis" Matchbook Romance has crafted a record that is so evolved, so catchy and so refined that it is almost impossible to believe that it is their debut full-length album. Produced by Joe Baresi, "Stories and Alibis" is a multi-layered sonic experience that is downright intoxicating!
From start to finish, the album fills your senses with powerful melodic bursts of energy and an overall sincerity that is impossible to feign. This is truly a powerful album created by one of the most talented young bands around; "Stories And Alibis" is sure to evoke a response from every sector of your emotional spectrum.
Stories And Alibis
Brett and Gina and the rest of the Epitaph family, Joe Barresi, Pete Martinez, Shivaun, Josh, Adam and everyone else at Sound City, Lance at One Moment Management, "T" and Brad over at FS Management, John at Nada Recording, Oasis Mastering, G&L Guitars, Reverend Guitars, Rivera Amplifiers, Pork Pie Drums, Gibson Guitars, Calzone Cases, Mates, Maphia Clothing, Diveez, Atticus, Macbeth, Made, Castor Clothing, Pedestrianwear, Let's Jam, Big Bear Entertainment, Juan Diaz from Rhythmden Productions, The Chance Theatre, Feet First Productions, R&S at Drive-Thru Records, The Agency Group, All the great people at Absolutepunk.net, Punk-Music.net, and Punknews.org, Zumwalt, Almon, and Hayes, Volpe, Bajalia, Wickes, and Rogerson, Bob Lenz, Nick at Metrosea, Brad Filip, PJ Manzo, Marc Spatafore, Evy Potter, Brian Lange, Stacee, Emily Wilson, Roadie Lodie, Justin from DNP, Missing September, Last Kyd Picked, In a Breathe, Next II Nothing, The Schematics, The Starkiller, Down For Low, Keepsake, Gibbler, Taking Back Sunday, The Starting Line, Name Taken, Finch, Don't Look Down, The Pennyroyals, The Goodwill, Treading Sorrows, Greyfield, Never Heard Of It, Autopilot Off, Slick Shoes, Slain July, 32V, Fizzlewink, The Getaway, The Zealots, Bad Religion (nice guys...)
My angels, my star, my band, my ever supportive mom, dad and brothers and sisters, Scott, Keith, Ryan, Brittany, and Briana. A huge thanks to Mr. Brett for believing in us, Gina, and the rest of the Epitaph family. My friend, and manager Lance Brown, Mr. Joe Barresi for making my most favorite album ever. Everyone at Sound City especially Pete Martinez, Josh, Adam, !Shavaun!, Paul Rivera Jr. at Rivera Amps, Danny at Let's Jam, my friends at Ruby Tuesday's, and Yorktown Heights especially Mark Drunk, Five-dog, Meggie-Poo, Austin, Loadie, Rudy, Mike, and the rest of the gang. A big thanks to the Stern, Keinle, and DePaulo families for all their love and support. To the entire Missing September crew, Kristen Rao, Lil' Mikey, and to everyone else that has supported us through the years. I would like to thank our fans who have stood behind us since day one, and would especially like to thank my girl, my life, and my muse Evy, and the rest of the Potter family. Thank you all.
Mom, Dad and the whole Spence/Stern family, Mr. Brett and Gina, Francie Depaolo, the Kienle Krew, all those Jordans, Drew dog and Lodies, Garten, Roody, Meg, Marc, J5, Nick, Heyy Guyysss, Brett, lala boola Worthley, Brooke and Christine at Hot topic, PJ the manzo, Stacy, Brian, Joe, Austin, 32V R.I.P., Dorian, Bill at Pork Pie Drums, Dave at Maphia Clothing, Richard and Stephanie at Drive Thru, T and all FS management, Officer Boylan, Wilkins Farm, Landmark Education, Josh fo da hookup fo shizzle, Shavonne and the Sound City Crew, Quincy Bankroft, Bruce Jacoby, Pete, Joe Barresi, Lance, Ryan, Andy, Judas, all our fans that rock out, anyone who has inspired me and whoever is up there watching over us, thank you.
My parents and family for their undying support, brett, gina, jeff, and everyone at epitaph for believing in us and giving us a chance, Joe Barresi, Lance, Pete, shivaun, josh, adam, miles, fig, and everyone else at sound city, francie, melinda, leslie, and everyone at Volpe, Bajalia, Wickes, and Rogerson, meg, josh, bones, sarah, joel, james, chad, rawlins, matt r., matt. q., The Dap, chris m., john m., shrimpboat, eric h., chev, nat, chase, cole, josh b., frank, jenny, allen, jason, matt c., trey, trey c. and the rest of the jax crew, melissa, brian, todd, dana, russ, brendan, joe, alex, jimmy, shish, lodi, garten, worthley, J5, dorian, austin, anthony, meg, nick, marc, bret, everyone at ruby's, john naclerio, juan diaz, paul rivera, dave maphia, danny and everyone at let's jam, the Kienles, Ian and Eve, Mrs. Jordan, Keith, Scott, Andy, Ryan, and Aaron. Thank you for everything you've done for me and for us. but mostly i want to thank the fans and everyone who has supported us throughout the years, because we could never have done this without you. thank you. i apologize for anyone i forgot in my haste, you know who you are.
My family for always supporting and believing in me, my late grandmother; to whom this album is dedicated to, Ian and Eve Spence, Mark and Francie DePaolo, The Stern family, The Jordans, Joe Barresi, Brett and Gina, everyone at Epitaph, Lance, "T", John Naclerio, Dan Horboychuk, PJ Manzo, Brian Lange, Kelly, Todd Ross, Russ Pellerigo, Brendan Comfort, Joe Illardi, Dana Dilullo, Jessie and Trish, Ryan Pfluger, Collin, Adam Jagich, AllyMauro, Joe Frank, Stacee, Amanda, Dorian, Austin, Marc Spatafore, David Worthley, Nick Santelli, Garten, Rudy, Lodie, Brett, J5, The Catala's, The Mulhall family, The Duffy's, Snake, ASC, Aneglo
Joe Barresi thanks:
Paul Rivera JR and SR at Rivera Amplifiers, Bobby at Mates Rehearsals, Michelle Torres at Remo, Inc, Bill Detamore at Pork Pie Percussion, John Lee Cooper at Guitar Center, Sherman Oaks, Lisa Roy at Audio Technica Mics, Reinhold and Sean at Bogner Amplification, Rail Rogut, Shivaun O'Brien and the incredible staff at Sound City Studios, Kelle Musgrave, Jeff Abarta, Dan Druff/Low Tech, Frank Barbara and Lisa at McDonough Management
All songs written, published and performed by Matchbook Romance
All Lyrics by Andrew Jordan
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Joe Barresi
"Playing For Keeps", "Promise" and "She'll Never Understand" mixed at Larrabee East
Assistant engineer and additional editing at Sound City: Pete Martinez
Assistant engineer at Larrabee East: Jeff Moses
Preproduction done at Mets Studio Rehearsal, North Hollywood, CA
Additional production for "The Greatest Fall (Of All Time)" by Brett Gurewitz
Vocals for "The Greatest Fall" recorded by John Naclerio at Nada Studios, New Windsor, New York
Mastered by Gene Grimaldi @ Oasis Mastering
Drum Tech: Bruce Jacoby
Keyboards: David Palmer
Matchbook Romance is:
Andrew Jordan - Vocals, Guitar
Judas Depaolo - Guitar, Vocals
Ryan Kienle - Bass, Vocals
Aaron Stern - Drums
Management: Lance Brown for One Moment Management
Legal: Ray Driver and Joe Camerlengo for Intrepid Law Group
A&R: Jeff Abarta
Business Management: "T" Meyer and Brad Lyon for FS Management
Art Direction and Design: Bob Lenz for Visual Epidemic
Matt Govaere for Xortion Media
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US Rel. Date: 09/23/2003
EU Rel. Date: 09/22/2003
When I first heard Matchbook Romance, on this year's Atticus compilation 'Dragging The Lake II', I thought nothing of them. They just sounded like another band following in the footsteps of the commercially viable Drive-Thru born and bred nu-emo sound. But now I've changed my opinion. It's fair enough to say that there's nothing here that's going to sound remarkably original if you've heard the likes of Taking Back Sunday and The Get Up Kids, but 'Stories And Alibis' is so polished, and the band's story so unique, that it's hard not to be won over by these four boys with the familiar problems with women.
Matchbook Romance aren't just another mass-produced nu-emo act looking for a slice of the disenchanted teen audience pie, oh no. They've steadily built up legions upon legions of fans through promoting themselves tirelessly through word of mouth. The band set up a website, and after a long slog of DIY self-promotion, Epitaph's Brett Gurewitz came-a-calling. Apparently the band thought he was joking. One thing that's definitely not to be scoffed at though is the quality of the band's first release for the label.
With a solid, technically proficient backbone of drums (courtesy of the staggeringly talented Aaron Stern) and bass (Ryan Kienle), Matchbook Romance do one thing perfectly that so many of their peers neglect in favour of sounding overly pained; they let their singer sing. Andrew Jordan's voice is perfect for music like this, and will have the girls soiling themselves with excitement three songs in. The screams are kept to a minimum, which is a very, very good thing, with them only really noticeable on closing track 'The Greatest Fall (Of All Time)'. A couple of shitty slow-paced acoustic numbers and occasionally too-sweet lyrics aside, what you're left with is a record that would be the equal of The Get Up Kid's 'Something To Write Home About', if only praising such a record wasn't such a journalistic faux pas in this anti-emo climate.
Ah, fuck faux pas... This record is good. 'Something To Write Home About' is good. Taking Back Sunday's 'Tell All Your Friends' is good... To hell with being credible. Go buy this and smile for 45 minutes. I can't say I'm definitely going to play it for a third time, but 'Stories And Alibis' is fun whilst it lasts, and if the above bands do it for you, you're going to play this record into the ground. Promising stuff.
Average Fan Rating: 4.33
What ever happend to Beer and Skateboarding and some up beat rage??