by The Matches


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When the Matches first hit the scene with E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals, they were basically playing straight-up pop-punk, albeit much quirkier and caffeinated pop-punk than most. Lead singer Shawn Harris has a voice that makes songs sound especially restless and exuberant, and the band's sophomore effort, Decomposer, takes it all one step further to deliver in a way that few in the genre besides the Matches could really pull off convincingly. With the Oakland quartet working in multiple studios and with, count 'em, nine (!) producers -- including Brett Gurewitz, Mark Hoppus, Tim Armstrong, John Feldmann, and Nick Hexum -- everything seemed aligned to make sure this album sounded as patently assorted as possible. It could have all ended horribly with one too many ideas and cooks in the kitchen, but instead sounds like the best kind of controlled chaos. Not that the music is especially chaotic; it's just all pretty random and full of idiosyncrasies -- consistently mashing together pop, rock, punk, and a dash of electronics -- that make no two tracks alike, but somehow all fit together as a unified album. There's a totally string-driven opener ("Salty Eyes") leading into songs that groove on electro pulses and dance beats ("Drive," "You [Don't] Know Me"). Disparate entries continue with the spastic blast of "Lazier Than Furniture" and the cut-and-paste drum programming and guitar buoying "Little Maggots," as "Didi (My Doe, Part 2)" toys with particularly sunny vocal layering. So essentially, this album is just a fun mixed bag of musical oddities. The Matches have always had a cheeky sense of humor, and with Decomposer, they've managed to mix fun (not cheesiness) with ambition to wind up with a particularly distinctive and creative album to be proud of.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2006
Label: Epitaph / Ada
UPC: 0045778681525
catalogNumber: 86815
Rank: 168701

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matches   Primary Artist
Tim Armstrong   Percussion,Vocals
Brett Gurewitz   Percussion,Background Vocals
Mark Hoppus   Percussion
John Feldmann   Percussion,Choir, Chorus
Ben Kramer   Trumpet
Dean Butterworth   Percussion
Shawn Harris   Guitar,Vocals
Ben Richards   Keyboards
Johnny Genius   Percussion
Jon Devoto   Guitar,Vocals,Vibes
Matt Whalen   Percussion,Drums,Toaster
Justin San Souci   Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals
Matt Radosevich   Organ,Timpani
Anton Patzner   Violin,Viola
Lewis Patzner   Cello
Dan Kinzie   Choir, Chorus
Fatalistic Choir   Track Performer
Josie Shafer   fender rhodes
Matt Whahen   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Tim Armstrong   Composer,Producer
Brett Gurewitz   Producer
Mike Green   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Nicholas Hexum   Producer
Pete Martinez   Engineer
Mark Hoppus   Composer,Producer,drum programming
John Feldmann   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Dean Butterworth   Loop
Shawn Harris   Composer,Artwork
Stevie Smith   Author
Josh Smith   Engineer
John Morrical   Engineer
Johnny Genius   Producer,Engineer
Marco Martin   Engineer
Matches   Composer
Matt Radosevich   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Chris Roach   Engineer
Giff Tripp   Engineer
Jason Walters   Engineer
Emilee Seymour   Artwork
Anton Patzner   String Arrangements
Ryan Divine   Producer,Engineer
Miles Hurwitz   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
George Sanders   Author
Michael Rosen   Engineer
Chris Holmes   Composer,Engineer,drum programming

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Decomposer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is probably the best one I own, and I own a lot! You will not find another band with as witty lyrics ""may your organs fail before your dreams do"" or as awesome musical compostion. The Matches are a perfect combination of heart grasping beats, clever lyrics and unique oddities that make every song unique. I find it shocking these guys aren't known and loved by all. They rock, to say the least.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw these guys on The AP Tour Really never hearing there music. It shocks me that they are not more well know. They have a very unique sound that is hard to explain. every album is good. Buy this it is worth it. favorite song is Salty Eyes
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