The Matches release “Little Maggots” video ten years later


It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since The Matches released their sophomore record, Decomposer. When the record was brand new, the group had plans to release a music video for “Little Maggots,” but sadly, that never happened. Now that a decade has passed, it appears that things have changed with the music video finally being completed and released.

On Monday (April 4), the completed video for “Little Maggots” was released. In an interview with Alternative Press, who were the first to exclusively premiere the clip, The Matches frontman Shawn Harris explained how the idea behind the video (and pretty much the album) came to be a why “Little Maggots” was never completed.

“We did close to 300 shows a year for a few years in a row around that time, so we weren’t home much, but there was a rare month off, and I thought we could animate a video in that time,” explains Harris about the short time period they had to complete the three-minute clip. “But suffice it to say, a month was not enough time. I got on a plane to the UK, and the video—which I’d of course told our label and fans all about—fell by the wayside.”

As to where the crow inspiration for Decomposer came from, it can all be traced back to when they played the Vans Warped Tour. “The imagery of the video was tied into the lyrics from a few songs on Decomposer,” reveals Harris. “I was writing for the first time while on tour in 2004/05, and I remember lying on my back in a Warped Tour parking lot, trying to find a little Zen before the barrage of noise began for the day, and I had a synchronistic moment with the flock of crows on the wire above me. We were all just kind of staring at one another, acknowledging that we very well could have ended up in opposite bodies.”

To read the full interview, head on over to Alternative Press while the music video for “Little Maggots” below. Like what the band wrote on YouTube, “10 years late but right on time for the Decomposer decade-anniversary tour.”

The Matches to Celebrate Tenth Anniversary of ‘Decomposer’


The Matches celebrated the tenth anniversary of their breakout record, E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals back in 2014 with a couple of shows in honor of the momentous occasion. Now, it appears like the band is planning to once again celebrate another momentous occasion. On Monday (Feb. 1), the California band announced that they will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of their second album, Decomposer. Though the record will official turn ten in September, the band has decided to do four shows in four different United States cities in June.

The first show will take place on June 4 at the Metro in Chicago. The second show will happen on June 10 at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. The third show will take place on June 17 at The Masquerade in Atlanta while the final show will happen at New York City’s Irving Plaza on June 18. Tickets for the four shows will go on sale this upcoming weekend.

June 4 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
June 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
June 17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
June 18 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

While the band has been highly inactive for several years, they did give fans some hope with some new music recently. Last year, they released two new songs, “Life Of A Match” and “The Crucial Comeback (Mary Claire).” Both tracks marked the band’s first set of new songs since 2008’s A Band in Hope. Maybe 2016 will have the band finally release a follow-up to the 2008 release, after all, it is only February. Besides, they did advise fans to “standby” back in September.

The Matches Advise Fans to “Standby”


Is there something brewing over at Camp The Matches? Well, after posting a cryptic clip on their social media accounts, it appears that there just might be.

The California band, who went on hiatus back in 2009, have been quiet since their one-night only show in 2014 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their debut album, E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals. With this new video, talk of a reunion among fans has once again begun. The short clip, which comes in at 15 seconds, features an artist’s hands drawing out the word “Standby.” While the word is being drawn out, there’s audio in the background which keeps changing as if someone was turning the dials on an old school radio searching for some music. Watch the cryptic clip below.

While at the current moment there has been no confirmation (or denial) that there might be a reunion, or even a reissue of any of their material, it’s a good time to point out that the band’s sophomore album Decomposer will turn ten in 2016. The album which gave us tracks like “Papercut Skin,” “Little Maggots,” and “What Katie Said” will officially hit the decade mark next September. Until the band comes forward as to what we’re standing by for, we’ll be here, waiting for it.

The Matches last album before calling it a day was 2008’s A Band in Hope.

The Matches Release ‘E. Von Dahl’ Live Album


The Matches celebrated the tenth anniversary of their breakthrough record E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals the only way that you should celebrate such an anniversary; by reuniting even if it was for one show.

The California-based band who went on hiatus in the Summer of 2009, started to post old photos under the hashtag #oldschoolmatches at the beginning of 2014 which left some scratching their heads and assuming they would be reuniting. Those speculating a reunion would be some what right.

Then, a few months later in May 2014, the band officially announced, via a video on YouTube that they would be doing a one-time reunion show at Slim’s in San Francisco, just for the tenth anniversary of their debut record.

Now, the band have released the recordings from the show as a live album titled, 10YearsEVDKTL.

The full stream of the album which features songs from the album as well as others, can be heard below.