Matchbook Romance - West For Wishing (Cover Artwork)

Matchbook Romance

Matchbook Romance: West For WishingWest For Wishing (2003)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 2
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Contributed by: maverickScott
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Yes, this band got signed to Epitaph because of our website. No, that does not mean we endorse them in any way. First off, they didn't even bother to thank us in the liner notes [they better not blow that on their full length]. But besides that glaring omission, we had no input about this ban.
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Yes, this band got signed to Epitaph because of our website.

No, that does not mean we endorse them in any way.

First off, they didn't even bother to thank us in the liner notes [they better not blow that on their full length]. But besides that glaring omission, we had no input about this band being signed to the big E. Basically what happened was it was a slow news day and someone had submitted news about some Poughkeepsie, NY band called the Getaway who had new MP3s up. I posted the story, Brett Gurewitz downloaded them, the rest is history. I had never even heard the band [who have since changed their name to what you see here right now] until I got this EP in the mail a few weeks ago.

So please, if you hate this, don't blame us.

That's not to say it's terrible or anything. Matchbook Romance has talent. Matchbook Romance has potential. What Matchbook Romance doesn't have, though, is an ounce of originality in their collective bodies.

The incredibly short EP starts off with the incredibly short [one minute long, to be exact] "14 Balloons." It's my favorite track off this 5 song EP, because it's the only track off the disc that doesn't directly ape one of the band's influences [consisting mainly of a mixture of Finch and New Found Glory]. "14 Balloons," while derivative, is just a dynamite opening song, because you have no idea what to expect once it ends. But then "The Greatest Fall (Of All Time)" starts up, and you check the spine on the CD case to make sure it doesn't say "What It Is To Burn."

From there, it only slides downhill more, with each track getting progessively more generic and cookie cutter. The lyrics in "Farewell to Friends" are painfully amateur and sophomoric, and the double-bass drum chorus and terribly whiny vocal harmonies that plague "Save Yourself" make me ask myself why I haven't given this CD to my little sister yet.

I don't mean to rip on this band - I do believe they have a boatload of talent, but it just has to be sculpted more. Maybe Mr. Brett is just the man for the job. The EP's overall sound is one of almost reaching complete bombast, thanks to Gurewitz twisting the knobs. He knows how to make even the most mediocre band sound professional as all hell. But a nice guitar sound and well-timed screams does not a successful album make, and with that I must close the [match]book on this one. Keep an eye on the band for their eventual metamorphosis, but pass on this EP.

The Greatest Fall (Of All Time)

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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
emoislife24 (January 27, 2006)

nice band they have some growing up to do

tsugurl (November 11, 2005)

the cd sux
but they r hott
4rm a sk8er

Anonymous (January 3, 2005)

let's just kill these bitches while we can

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

Not as good as their full-length, but still great.

Kinda stupid they would say they sound like Finch. Matchbook Romance is way better. And so what if they sound sophomoric on "Farewell to Friends"? Some people like that.

thirtyseconds (July 13, 2004)


Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

i was on the volcom bus on warped tour watching these kids learn how to take bong hits...classic

Anonymous (July 28, 2003)

public enemy, n.w.a., kool keith (aka dr doom-dr octagon/ultramagnetic mcs-masters of illusion), grandmaster flash and the furious five...
and the sugarhill gang, but they're bitches

funkisdead (July 28, 2003)

ini kamoze, def leppard, kingston trio, styx.

Anonymous (July 28, 2003)

aus rotten, 88 fingers louie, exploited, thursday

Anonymous (July 28, 2003)

green day, offspring, blink 182, and sum 41

inagreendase (July 28, 2003)

"Can any of you name the four bands that pioneered punk. Dont look it up. be honest with yourself. And Ill give you people one, Ramones. Now, three left....have fun"

that's so stupid, it's all a matter of opinion. it may be similar with most people including ramones and/or sex pistols, but people's "four bands that pioneered punk" are all going to be different. How can you "look up" an opinion?

funkisdead (July 28, 2003)

this music is all fashion, and no style.

Anonymous (June 16, 2003)

One more thing, this is about punknews reviewers. These guys have been listening to punk and all different types of punk music far longer then MOST of you people have had pubic hair, so give them a break. MBR was given a VERY fair review and I believe him. And Im in agreement with them too that the band should have thanked punknews. They ARE the reason that the band got signed. If it wasnt for them, youd still be bashing other lesser known bands on this site and they would still be playing at the chance, opening up for bands that arent even known by these guys. I just have one question for most of you "fellow" punkers. Can any of you name the four bands that pioneered punk. Dont look it up. be honest with yourself. And Ill give you people one, Ramones. Now, three left....have fun

Anonymous (June 16, 2003)

First off, Im going to not register with punknews so my name wot be on this comment board. Second, I GREW up with these guys ok! I know all of them, IVE been around since they were called NO TATUM, look it up, youll find them somewhere. Now, as an old friend im glad they were signed and wish them luck. As a fan of music......fuck this emo-pissing-and-whining-"pop-punk"-bullshit-about-a-girl-crap. thats all the fucking songs are about and im not specifying on MBR. NFG, Ataris, blink182 (now) and so on. yeah, the 12 note story, i got that. Yeah thats what pop punk is about. But know what, its crap, ive heard the album, its no-where near the caliber that the band used to record. Listen to My Pepe or Jons Song. Those were punk songs, not pop-punk. So the nect time that you people feel like bashing a reviewer from punknews, take the hand thats typing, find your pulse, far from teh pulse, jam it straight up your ass so you can pick your fuckin noses because thats where your heads are.

Anonymous (May 8, 2003)

I heard of The Getaway through a million other places besides PunkNews.org, and it's a bit asshole-ish to demand a thank-you in a CD because you think you're the sole reason for their fame and fortune. The CD is above average for the type of music it is - nothing spectacular but far from bland. The review, however, was completely biased and not fair at all to the band. I remember when there were rumors about Drive Thru Records talking to The Getaway.

Anonymous (May 7, 2003)

Ok this is pathetically written. First of all one of the best Punk producers and musicians worked on this EP. Just because you are bitter that you did not get thanked does not mean it is bad. It means you need a box of tissues for your issues. Dont listen to this BS. This CD is well done and polished for an EP. Theres a reason these guys are on Epitaph and its not so ignorant people can whine about them being on a major label. Write maturely or dont write at all.

hein (April 18, 2003)

Dammit, I'm feeling like losing touch with you kids these last couple of years. I didn't think this EP sounded bad at all. (read my review at www.punkupdates.com for my opinion). What's the problem with bands playing music that sounds a lot like other bands anyway? Should every new album be a new type of music exposed? That's simply impossible. I said this before and I'll say it again: people listen to music they like and I can imagine that it influences the way they are writing their own music. This results in music that sounds similar to those bands they had been listening to. Isn't that just normal? Oh... and I never played in any punkband, that's correct, I even admit I don't have a clue whether a musician is technically good or not, but there's no reason why this should mean I can't write reviews. Bands don't write music for their fellow-musicians, I thought it was for their fans, and I don't think they all play in bands.

Anonymous (April 14, 2003)

To this band, I say BOOO! BOOO! I say!

Throw this in the already high pile of crap-punk.

Anonymous (April 14, 2003)

I grew up with these guys, And I just think its funny how not too long ago they were a band that was Bashing emo bands. And now they've become a whiny emo band. I remember the first time I went and saw them after they got signed and I was shocked at how much different they sounded from when they used to. They're just jumping on the ol' BandwagonI guess. I also think its funny about how everything I read about them now they credit how they made a name for them selves putting themselves on the internet and whatnot. And the person who was most responsible for their promotion was kicked out of the band...go figure.

Anonymous (April 12, 2003)

Everything that was done to create this album was a waste of time and money. The recording is horrible, therefore all of the time it took for them to drive to the studio and actually record everything, and changing the strings, and re-doing parts and dubbing over more guitar parts, and doing drum tracks a few times, and the engineer's time was a complete waste. All of the money spent on the equipment and labor and session time was a waste. Whoever put the packaging together wasted his time. This band sucks the big one. The paper that it was printed on, it wasted it's time as a tree growing. The ink was wasted. The CD masters should've never been made.

Brett made a very poor decision. He could've easily found a more mature, talanted band to sign on the internet than this. Not to mention that this must be on of the worst bands ever on the internet.

Anonymous (April 12, 2003)

This strikes me as generic NFGish pop with a few screams added. meh

Anonymous (April 11, 2003)

In response to the fellow who claims that one cannot use the word generic because there are only twelve notes to work with, you my friend end up sounding like the biggest asshole in the argument. In that case, punk, jazz, reggae, blues etc. all sound similar because of the twelve tone western system they are using. Its how you put all the various musical elements together (including melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, timbre, vocals) that form the overall sound. And yes, this band does sound generic because they basically take the way other bands (Finch, NFG, TBS etc.)have put together music and imitate it.

Anonymous (April 11, 2003)

this music's ok, nothin i've never heard before

Anonymous (April 11, 2003)

Well, I think there are two reasons for that: 1) actual and close friends of the band usually like to comment, and 2)It's part of the nature of the "indie" scene. Part of the fun of going to smaller shows is the feeling of intimacy there, and some people feel a more personal connection through the music. It's also a lot easier to talk to smaller bands for an extended period of time, and for the most part the bands are cool about it and take the time to talk. I guess that's why a lot of kids say that bands consist of "the nicest guys ever." Anyway, that's my two cents.

FortyMinutesWest (April 10, 2003)

Anyone notice how every band is "the nicest guys"? Not that I doubt these guys are good people, I just think it's funny.

Anonymous (April 10, 2003)

Hey if you dumbasses don't realize... why the hell would they thank your website in the c.d.. They're thank you's pretty much just say "Thanks to our families, friends, fellow bands, and fans"... would you like them to say "Thanks to our families, friends, fellow bands, and fans, and punknews.org"... no offense, but thats just fucking dumb to bitch about that. hate the cd all you want buy don't bitch about them. They're the nicest guys out there and obviously they didnt have enough room to give thank you's. if you dont remember... they gave you credit in their New York Times article, so stop bitching about it.

Anonymous (April 10, 2003)


Actually the site is just an updated template design by Aubin and Scott is doing his job here at Punknews.org, writing reviews. You don't have to be a musician to write one...I'm sure the majority of the people on this site or anywhere who critique music can't play an instrument.

No go review my HTML or XHTML whichever...

- Scott

Anonymous (April 10, 2003)

I really like this ep, but I definitely understand why many people don't. Also, I freely admit to being semi-biased since I grew up with one of the members and am just really psyched for him to have this opportunity to live a dream. So maybe I don't see all the faults others will. That said, Save Yourself is the best song on the disc, the chorus is addictive as hell, and Fourteen Balloons is the second best song. I don't think they ape Finch directly, and The Greatest Fall doesn't sound like a Finch song at all in my opinion. The influence is definitely there though. The pop punk side of thing is more Fat-style than NFG. Anyway, I think they're still finding their voice and sound, and I hope they devlop even further as they write their full length. Like Scott and a lot of other reviews are saying, they have a lot of potential, but they've still got a bit to go before they hit the mark.

FortyMinutesWest (April 10, 2003)

Hey reality, being a fan of music is enough qualification to review CDs. If it required a degree in journalism or music or both, then this site certainly wouldn't allow music reviews. Anyone can go out and review music, if you don't like it, don't come to this site. Maybe you can start your own site and show us how a "qualified" individual such as yourself would go about doing things. As for how many people visit this site, check to see how many comments there are, and how many user reviews there are.

greg0rb (April 10, 2003)

Hey reality... I commend you for actually having had some music education and mentioning microtones. But for one thing, you are waaaay off on the amount of people that visit this site, and you visiting and posting this makes you a hypocrite. Plus, I'm sure Scott has been in more bands than you, and has had more music education... he's plenty qualified to write reviews in my opinion.

Anonymous (April 10, 2003)

i think the person below me summed it all up pretty damn well. and i'd like to "thank" them

Anonymous (April 10, 2003)

you fucking scenesters. if it wasnt this shitty website it would be another...fuck punknews and fuck the 10 people that visit it. thanks? thanks for what? some kid posted that message...regardless of whether u released it or not. you people feed off of the drama that you cause. what the hell do you know about writing music? you run a website...stick to HTML and be professional enough review a band based on musicianship...generic sound? if you didnt notice there are only 12 notes in existance...unless we are talking microtones...but for western civilization. 12 notes will do nicely. get off your ass and write a song. i promise ill rate you specifically on how many assholes visit your ridiculous exuse for a website...wake the fuck up...honestly its incomprehensiblehow you could even review a band...you just run a website. i could understand if u were reviewing someones fucking HTML document. but u probably didnt even design this site...say hello to the rest of your worthless life. loser.


Anonymous (April 10, 2003)

Scott gave this record a bad review because its bad. Sure hes probally a little bitter about not getting any thanks, and it probally got a slightly lower score because of that, but cmon he has every damn right to be. This is like a rags to riches story, this band isnt going to have to work for a loooong time now, theyre playing the fucking entire warped tour, and all thanks to this website. before this they were just any other local band like you and I are in. and they dont even have the decency to thank the people that directly made this possible for them. fucking ingrates. why dont they scream about that for once, it would be a change of pace from that girlie bullshit anyway.

FortyMinutesWest (April 9, 2003)

So wait, he's bitter for giving a bad review to a band he didn't like?

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

Everyone who has ever posted something on here that says "(insert band name here) sucks!" or "______ is the worst band I've ever heard!" is a moron. That's right. Everyone. Any person that truly loves music can find something good about every single type of music in the world. That is the truth. Being in a band is hard, hard work. Getting signed is ten times harder. It's not fair to sit back at the Dell in your room and say "this band has no talent" or "this band is so terrible, nobody should listen to them." Opinions are one thing. Completely bashing bands is another. If you're going to state your opinion, then say something like "I don't like this band BECAUSE..." Is it that hard? I mean, if you're not going to give reasons for your opinion, then why put it on here at all? Why don't you try making people think about the music rather then have people simply cast you off as another person that just puts "this band sucks" in their post. It means nothing to write things like that. I like to think that the "punk" community has some of the more intelligent fans out there. Maybe I was wrong, because I've never heard anyone say "No one should listen to Garth Brooks cause he sucks!" So people: If you're posting something on here, know what you're talking about.

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

yes, i would agree with mr. anonymous, scott does sound a little bitter, and bitterness, as we all know, seems to make people make irrational judgments.

Albert Freddy Ingram

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

Finch and New Found Glory? To MBR~There is really no connection what so ever. Are you sure that you're not just a little bitter that they forgot to mention you in the liner notes?

sk8punx4evr (April 9, 2003)

the singer for AOAG sounds like a mix of jordan from nfg and davey havok. and thats not good.

evildeadalive (April 9, 2003)

This score is for advertising for your band in a review's comment section. Thanks, I'll be sure to check your band out at about quarter to never.

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

"in the vein" of Coheed & Cambria? I have heard Anatomy of a Ghost before and they are very much like Co&Ca. And no, I don't mean in a good way.

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

Have you heard the band from Portland, OR, Anatomy of a Ghost yet? They play an aggressive brand of emocore in the vein of Coheed and Cambria, Thrice, Thursday, Poison The Well, and more. They also have one of the best, most energetic shows you will ever see in your life! Their debut album "Evanesce" is being released by Fearless Records on May 13th 2002 and will be instores everywhere!

To learn more about Anatomy of a Ghost visit http://www.fearlessrecords.com/anatomyofaghost_test.htm or www.odeum.org/aoag
To hear a few songs from Anatomy of a Ghost visit http://www.mp3.com/anatomy_of_a_ghost

Make sure you go out and see them when they come to your area soon.

soulbleed (April 9, 2003)

i'm sorry, but this is the worst album epitaph has ever released.

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

I'm not sure I would make the connection between "The Greatest Fall" and Finch.....actually not at all. It's ok, it's pretty generic pop punk chord progression, but, I do dig the double kick drum and background screams.....

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

haha.. my god.. the first time in my life i did something right? in the worst rendition of the oh-so-popular whiney voice? my god.. somebody get these guys a refused album quickly.

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)


Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

matchbook romance = spoogecore


lieutenant (April 8, 2003)

I'm obliged to reply to Ingram's unoriginal comment with an equally bland reponse: Put out a review and see if it sucks.

As for Matchbook Romance, I'm really lost on this one. What I've heard from this band, as The Getaway on mp3.com were catchy pop punk songs. The connection between the old and new material is lost on me. But that's just me.

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

Dear Mr. Ingram,

You are a douchebag.

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

haha wow this really sucked.

gabe (April 8, 2003)

the song available for download, sounds like a harder version of Mae, especially w/ the heavily auto-tuned vocals. I think I would have loved this band about 2 years ago, but it's just doing it for me anymore. I'm sure lots of people will dig this tho. Very slick production!


Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

No, I dislike this band because it is true that they sound a mixture of Finch and New Found Glory!

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

this is for the reviewer scott.

go to hell. you put out an ep and we'll see how bad it sucks.

Albert Freddy Ingram

sk8punx4evr (April 8, 2003)

matchbook romance is the getaway? wowzers. they should've stayed with fizzlewink.

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

This band is not a bad band. They sound alot like taking back sunday but lyrics are totally different. Most of you dont like this album because you dont wanna be a posuer or something. Rancid punx

evildeadalive (April 8, 2003)

I actually don't mind the music or the screaming in this song, but the singing is godawful.

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

the greatest fall(of all time) does in now way shape or form sound anything like what it is to burn. just because there is sreaming in the song, doesn't mean it sounds like finch. the chorus in the song is absolutely brilliant (traces of a hardcore breakdown in the background while the vocals and screaming just fit perfectly. i see nothing wrong with this ep.

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

Comment of the day award.

Ramo has been racking them up lately. I read your Judas Priest comment too late to give it to you yesterday.


Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

i hope mr. brett can tell them around. but i still hate this band. i think they need want of those big crosses from the "american jesus" video to save their carreers.


travis (April 8, 2003)

i agree with jack, the old songs not on this EP were pretty fantastic as far as pop punk goes. This is just garbage.

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

Finch and talent do not belong in the same sentance. Saetia, now thats talent.


FortyMinutesWest (April 8, 2003)

I was excited to hear this band after how much Epitaph talked them up, but then I heard them.. Blech

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

I thought "HOllywood and Vine" was a great song.

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

ok...they didn't sign (no actual contracts agreed to or whatever)...but i wont be surprised if they do soon

finch (more) talent = amazing


Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

heh...static lullaby signed to columbia...i've never heard of a band jump ship from an indie that quickly after releasing their first full length


Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

Don't support this band, they fucking suck.

Strewtho (April 8, 2003)

The first good negative review from scott I've read.

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

I hate this band name..

jacktheskipper (April 8, 2003)

The old Songs on MP3.com were great melodic punkrock, that kept me singing along for days and I really really ask myself what the fuck happened to them since they got signed??? Did someone give them a Finch/Static Lullaby/Thursday or whatever CD and said:"Hey guys, wanna get huge? Listen to this!" ... hmm in my opinion, they should have musically continued where they left off ... and I`ve gotta say that this is a good review, because it hits the point ... this band is fucking talented as hell, but trying to hard to jump the singing/screaming bandwagon ... I´m really hoping for a change before the full length comes out ...

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

this guy cant sing for shit....but he can sing better than NFG.....why am i wasting my time....this song blows ass......

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