PREMIERE: Hear the Matches’ first song in six years, “Life Of A Match”

It’s hard to believe Bay Area progressive pop-punk quartet the Matches broke up way back in 2009, nor that it’s been nearly a year since they initially reunited for a series of shows where they performed their debut album E. Von Dahl Killed The Locals. But now, it looks like the Matches are here to stay, with the announcement of a brand new two-song 7-inch and more headlining shows on the horizon. Today, we’re premiering the A-side of their new EP, “Life Of A Match,” and if you dug where the band was heading on their massively underrated third album A Band In Hope, you should definitely dig this. The near-five-minute song features Anton and Lewis Patzner of Judgement Day and was engineered by Matches guitarist Jon Devoto. Frontman Shawn Harris explains:

“None of us really planned on writing new Matches music, but after the shows, we were hit with inspiration and creativity. While we were living in different places around the U.S. and working on other things, we managed to work remotely on a batch of songs, but zeroed in on two.  We wanted them to be great and something you guys would love.”

The second pressing of the Matches’ Life Of A Match 7-inch (limited to 500 copies) is available for pre-order here; you can also purchase the EP on iTunes, where it will officially be released on October 1.

The Matches will return to the stage for a two-night stand at the Fillmore in San Francisco on December 27 and 28 (tickets).