|Origin||Poughkeepsie, New York, United States|
|Genres||Emo, post-hardcore,12 pop punk, screamo (early)|
|Years active||1997–2007, 2009-2010, 2012|
Matchbook Romance is an American rock band from Poughkeepsie, New York and was formed in 1997. were signed to Epitaph Records. They released two full length albums and one EP. Their EP, West for Wishing, released in 2003 was their first recorded album during their time on Epitaph; their full-length debut album, Stories and Alibis, was recorded in the same year.
The group debuted with West for Wishing, an EP released in early 2003, and later they released their first LP, Stories and Alibis, in September 2003. They also appeared on a 4 song split with Motion City Soundtrack in which an acoustic version of "Playing for Keeps" and "In Transit for You" appeared.
In 2006 on their second album, Voices, the band decided to change their sound and get away from what they had originally been producing. Their song "Monsters" appeared in Madden NFL 07,3 Arena Football: Road to Glory, and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
On March 12, 2007, after a 10 year career, they announced via a MySpace bulletin that they were going on an indefinite hiatus.
In spring of 2009, Matchbook Romance got back together and played 5 shows in the NY/NJ/PA area, but have not toured or made music since.
Matchbook Romance has not yet stated if they are still going to work together or are splitting for good. Guitarist Ryan DePaolo started his own band called HILLvalley and debuted their first album called "Salutations" in the summer of 2009, and followed with "Upside Down" in the summer of 2011.
After touring with You, Me, and Everyone We Know from 2008–2010, drummer Aaron Stern joined the band D.R.U.G.S. (Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows) started by Craig Owens, formerly of Chiodos. A debut album was released on February 22, 2011.
Andrew Jordan is now promoting his new project called "DriftDivision". A six song self-titled EP was released on October 26, 2010. In a video posted he stated that he worked on some songs with bass player Ryan Kienle(Matchbook Romance). He recently released a new video for the song "Hush".
In September of 2012 a Twitter account claiming to be official was set up, raising speculation for a reunion. 4 This was confirmed when it was announced that the band would be headlining the 2012 Glamour Kills Holiday show in Poughkeepsie. 5
On October 4, 2012, the band announced via their Facebook page a live show 6 in Poughkeepsie, NY on December 16th, 2012. They will be playing alongside Anadivine.
- Andrew Jordan - lead vocals, guitars
- Ryan DePaolo - guitars, vocals, piano
- Ryan Kienle - bass
- Aaron Stern - drums, percussion
- Former members:
- William Garlick - Guitars (2001-2002)
- Leo Tremper - Drums, percussion (2000-2001)
- Studio albums
- Compilations featured on
- Take Action! Tour Sampler Album (Sub City Records, 2005)
- Matchbook Romance/Motion City Soundtrack Split EP (Epitaph Records, 2004)
- Punk-O-Rama Vol. 8 (Epitaph Records, 2003)
- Punk-O-Rama Vol. 9 (Epitaph Records, 2004)
- Punk-O-Rama Vol. 10 (Epitaph Records, 2005)
- 2003 Warped Tour Compilation (Side One Dummy Records, 2003)
- 2004 Warped Tour Compilation (Side One Dummy Records, 2004)
- 2006 Warped Tour Compilation (Side One Dummy Records, 2006)
- Atticus: ...dragging the lake, Vol. 2 (Side One Dummy Records, 2003)
- A Santa Cause: It's a Punk Rock Christmas (Immortal Records, 2003)
- The Best of Taste of Chaos (Warcon Records, 2006)
- Review of Voices. Allmusic
- Matchbook Romance Declare War on Cheesy Music MTV, January 26, 2006.
- "Madden NFL 07 Soundtrack - Music News at IGN". Music.ign.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
- Chart Positions, Allmusic