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Matchbook Romance

Andrew Jordan vocals, guitar 

Ryan DePaulo guitar 

Ryan Kienle bass 

Aaron Stern drums 



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Matchbook Romance

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Change is unquestionably a constant in life. When Matchbook Romance began in 2001, the idea of playing music for a living felt like a dream, a romantic fantasy that dwelt in each member of the band's imagination. And, for years, anyway, it seemed like it would remain that way. "We never thought it was something that could actually come true for us," says vocalist/guitarist Andrew Jordan who, at the time, was living at home and working as a waiter at a local restaurant. "We had seen so many other bands try and reach for that place in the world only to fall short. We always thought, 'What are our chances??' Still, people believed in the band - their friends, families and peers- and they encouraged Matchbook Romance's just-stepping-into-the-world rank and file to drop their impending classes at various community colleges in and around Poughkeepsie, NY that fall, in order to concentrate on the band. Which, they did. Thankfully, for us, they did.

Matchbook Romance spent the next six months recording a group of demos that would attract the attention of Epitaph president Brett Gurewitz' - a man who would later sign the relatively green band (literally the day before stepping on a plane to finalize contracts with the longstanding punk label, the band's then-18-year-old drummer Aaron Stern graduated from high school). Gurewitz also produced their first real recording, the West For Wishing EP, in 2003, but it was Matchbook Romance's debut, Stories And Alibis, that the world would really take to. The album's list of successes now speaks for itself: following its late 2003 release came the video for "My Eyes Burn," a run on the cover of scene bible Alt...

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