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Matchbook Romance is an American emo 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.

Matchbook Romance
OriginPoughkeepsie, New York, United States
Years active1997–2007,
MembersAndrew Jordan
Ryan DePaolo
Ryan Kienle
Aaron Stern



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 supergroup 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. The band split up in 2012.

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 membersEdit

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


Music videosEdit

  • "Promise" (2003)
  • "My Eyes Burn" (2003)
  • "Monsters" (2006)


  1. ^ Dwyer, Michael (October 7, 2005). "Matchbook Romance". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Matchbook Romance Declare War on Cheesy Music MTV, January 26, 2006.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2015-01-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "The Wonder Years, Matchbook Romance, Icon For Hire, more announced for Warped Tour 2015 - News - Alternative Press". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Madden NFL 07 Soundtrack - Music News at IGN". Archived from the original on 2006-07-03. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  6. ^ "Vans Warped Tour". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  7. ^ Chart Positions, Allmusic

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