Matchbook Romance

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Matchbook Romance
Origin Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
Genres Post-hardcore, emo, Alternative rock,[1][2] pop punk, indie rock
Years active 1997–2007 (on hiatus),
Labels Epitaph
Website [1]
Past members Andrew Jordan
Ryan DePaolo
Ryan Kienle
Aaron Stern

Matchbook Romance is an American rock band from Poughkeepsie, New York and was formed in 1997. They are 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,[5] 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.

Matchbook Romance has not yet stated if they are still going to work together or are splitting for good. Guitarist Ryan "Judas" 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. He recently released a new video for the song "Hush".

It was announced that Matchbook Romance would be playing select dates on the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. [6]

Band members[edit]

  • Andrew Jordan – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, programming
  • Ryan "Judas" DePaolo – lead guitar, backing vocals, piano
  • Ryan Kienle – bass guitar
  • Aaron Stern – drums, percussion


Studio albums
Compilations featured on

Their song, "Monsters" was also featured in the games Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Madden NFL 07.


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