After they collaborated on a song called Hot Topic Is Not Punk Rock and then went on a tour sponsored by Hot Topic, one can logically conclude that the Matches are not punk rock – no matter how many times they play the Warped Tour or record with Tim Armstrong.
The Matches are now billed as “rollicking art pop rockers,” and their marketing is almost as misguided as their music. A Band In Hope sounds like a high school rock opera composed by a lobotomized Steve Bays from Hot Hot Heat together with New Found Glory – only lamer. The more I listen to this artless record, the more I realize that it’s total bullshit.
The Matches play an in-store at Criminal Records Saturday (April 5) at 2 pm followed by a full show at the Phoenix.