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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals was originally self-released and wildly promoted by the Matches themselves, who already had cred in their native Oakland from their days as the Locals. Hence the copyright-infringement-avoidance name change. The Epitaph version has been remixed by veteran engineer Joe Barresi, who's handled mixing duties for such Cali combos as Fu Manchu and Powerman 5000. This spiffed edition also includes two additional songs: "More Than Local Boys" and "Borderline Creep." Musically, Epitaph seems to have something pretty solid on its hands. The Matches are young enough not to raise eyebrows at the punk-pop kiddie park. But they have a better grasp of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals was originally self-released and wildly promoted by the Matches themselves, who already had cred in their native Oakland from their days as the Locals. Hence the copyright-infringement-avoidance name change. The Epitaph version has been remixed by veteran engineer Joe Barresi, who's handled mixing duties for such Cali combos as Fu Manchu and Powerman 5000. This spiffed edition also includes two additional songs: "More Than Local Boys" and "Borderline Creep." Musically, Epitaph seems to have something pretty solid on its hands. The Matches are young enough not to raise eyebrows at the punk-pop kiddie park. But they have a better grasp of dynamics than much of their peer group, and vocalist Shawn Harris doesn't sound like a boy-band kid suddenly trying to fleece the rock game. There's a flair for chunky heavy metal drop-ins "The Restless", and the Matches exude the same quirky exuberance as outfits like Reel Big Fish and Zebrahead. "Eryn Smith" begins with a beat box before accelerating to pogo speed, and the chorus line "I've got my fingers crossed/She'll say 18" is a cheekiness indicator for E. Von Dahl overall. Highlights include the rousing bassline to "Jack Slap Cheer," which suggests the Matches' home-turf heroes Operation Ivy, the power pop-ish "Dog Eared Page," and "Chain Me Free" "She calls me during 'Love Line' and gets the machine...", which name-checks Kelly Slater and grooves on an irresistible vocal hook. Listen all the way to the 12th track, too, where "Track 11" lies. The album's strangest cut, it gives each Match a vocal chance over wind-noise effects, a pretty girl humming basslines, Springsteen references, and a ragged acoustic lead. The Matches probably need another album to really ignite, but E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals definitely lights a fire under their asses.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • UPC: 045778669929
  • Catalog Number: 86699

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dog-Eared Page (3:43)
  2. 2 Audio Blood (3:20)
  3. 3 Chain Me Free (3:14)
  4. 4 Borderline Creep (2:35)
  5. 5 The Restless (3:35)
  6. 6 More Than Local Boys (3:45)
  7. 7 Eryn Smith (3:13)
  8. 8 Say 18 (2:51)
  9. 9 Jack Slap Cheer (2:37)
  10. 10 Destination: Nowhere Near (2:45)
  11. 11 Sick Little Suicide (4:17)
  12. 12 Scribble (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Matches Primary Artist
Mike Green Guitar
Shawn Harris Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Rene Carranza Synthesizer, Percussion, Keyboards
Jon Devoto Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Matt Whalen Drums, Group Member
Vanessa Harris Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Barresi Producer
Mike Green Producer, Engineer
Gene Grimaldi Mastering
Shawn Harris Composer, Artwork
The Matches Composer, Producer
Justin San Souci Composer
Matt Radosevich Producer, Engineer
Miles Hurwitz Producer
Mike Harwood Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    Wow! This cd is the best cd i own. the song scratched out is my all time favorite song now. "No its too late in the day for a matine and i dont have the money to pay for you anyway" in short, cus i could go on and on, buy this cd!!!!! it is so good, you will wet yourself. i promise

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!!!!!!

    OMG THIS CD IS FRIKKIN AWESOME1!!!!!! seriously i herd "chain me free" and thought the cd wood b one of those cds that r pretty good from sum little-known band...i wuz wrong itz one of those cds thatz AMAZING from a band that WILL b big soon. In short, deff. buy this cd, itz worth tha 15 bux :-D

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