By Kenny Kerner

Listen to "Audio Blood" by The Matches:


Oakland's Pop/Punk sensations The Matches (who were featured in the June 2003 issue of the Transmitter) have just signed a deal with legendary indie label Epitaph Records — following in the footsteps of The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Hives, The Descendants and many others. The label will be re-releasing their debut full-length CD E. Von Dahl Killed The Locals on April 27, 2004.

Originally recorded in the band members' basements and living rooms, the re-release will feature re-mixing by Joe Barresi (Queens Of The Stone Age, Powerman 5000, Pennywise, Weezer, The Jesus Lizard, Melvins).

The Matches lead singer Shawn Harris commented, "It's very surreal to be working with Joe Barresi and (Epitaph owner) Brett Gurewitz . We're all just baffled and thrilled that this record we made a year and a half ago in our basements is going to be out on Epitaph . . . a label we grew up listening to and revering. This is absolutely the best thing that could happen to our band."

Gurewitz added, "All it took was one listen to their homemade CD and I was more than impressed . . . I was hooked. These guys are the real thing. They really know how to write songs and are not shy about it. I'd say the new record is definitely among the finest I've released and that puts it in pretty decent company. I couldn't be more stoked to welcome the Matches to the Epitaph family!"

The band was forwarded to Epitaph by TAXI early in 2003, and after an extended label love-fest during which many major labels were courting them, the Matches eventually decided to go with the label that was closest to their heart.

We'll keep you posted as the story develops. Good luck, guys!

For more information on The Matches, please visit their official website at the link below.

www.thematches.com.











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