Contributed by thegimper, Posted by Epitaph

Oakland, CA-based pop/punk outfit The Matches have announced an indefinite hiatus. The band, which previously collaborated with songwriters like Tim Armstrong (Rancid), Nick Hexum, Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) and John Feldmann (Goldfinger), made the announcement:

We've spent 2009 soul searching, as a group and separately, starting new projects and having lives outside of our little white tour van. We've been lucky to have been 4 artists (well, 5, really) involved in a nearly decade-spanning group project, and have been even luckier to have you as an audience. However, our time to start new projects has come, and right now, The Matches has become something we prefer to look back upon proudly.

The band is planning two final show in California. The first, August 22 in Los Angeles, CA at The Troubadour and the second on August 23 in San Francisco, CA at The Fillmore.