Sunday, January 18, 2015

Song Of The Week: 1/18/15

Song: "Tiger Lily"

Artist: Matchbook Romance

Album: "Stories And Alibis"

Year: 2003

"Tiger Lily" appears to be about a night that is so perfect that the vocalist and his girlfriend just don't want it to end. It seems it's early in the relationship, perhaps even a first date, but the vocalist somehow feels that this is as good as it's going to get. He wishes he can just rewind the day to recapture the feelings that he and her both felt on this beautiful day with one another. Matchbook Romance formed as a band back in 1997, hailing from Poughkeepsie, New York. They were quickly signed to the famous punk label Epitaph Records. 2003 was a busy year for Matchbook Romance as they first released an EP called "West For Wishing", then later on in the year released their debut full length album, "Stories And Alibis". That album featured the singles "Promise" and "My Eyes Burn". They also released a split with Motion City Soundtrack which featured acoustic renditions of their songs "Playing For Keeps" and "Transit For You". In 2006, Matchbook Romance wanted to veer away from their emo/pop punk style and become a little darker, musically and lyrically, for their next album, "Voices". The lead single, "Monsters", shows a band that is definitely in a stylistic change. In 2007, Matchbook Romance announce via their MySpace page that they were going on an indefinite hiatus. For the next 7 years, the members of Matchbook Romance went off to do various side projects. Currently, after their long hiatus, it has been announced that Matchbook Romance will indeed reunite to perform on the 2015 Warped Tour. While it's official that they will be performing live together, it is not known if that may lead to the recording of new music together but it's at least a step in the right direction. Matchbook Romance kind of fall in the "watered down" group of punk, if you really want to call them that, bands that began to surface in the late 90's and early 2000's. The Warped Tour is actually a good source to see what type of punk bands are "the it thing" over the years. Mid 90's featured skate punk bands like No Use For A Name and Lagwagon. Late 90's started featuring more emo/pop punk like Matchbook, Taking Back Sunday and The Used, etc, etc. Matchbook Romance is a decent band. I actually prefer their style in the "Voices" era over the more poppy "Stories And Alibis" era. It will be interesting which direction they take their band now, if they do in fact decide to work on new music after their Warped Tour gig.

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