On Thursday, June 26, cancel all your plans; call in sick to work and lock yourself somewhere solitary with nothing but a steady Internet connection (and possibly a Paypal account). Starting at 1 p.m. (PST), pre-orders for The Matches first ever vinyl pressing go live.
Before you get too excited, lets lay down the details. First of all, this is a repressing and not new tunes from the band; cue a collective sigh of disappointment.
In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of their 2004 debut, E. Von Dahl Killed The Locals, The Matches will be pressing, and self-releasing, their first full-length on wax. The package will feature a double-disc spread on black and red vinyl, housed in beautiful gatefold sleeve. The first disc will contain the 11-track “pre-label version” of the album; originally released in 2003 before their signing with Epitaph Records, it contains the cut track, “Superman.” The second disc is the “Epitaph version,” with tracks “Borderline Creep” and “More Than Local Boys” fleshing out the album to 12 songs. It also includes a 12-page booklet with photos and memories from the band.
For $40, fans can snag the whole package signed and numbered directly from the band. For the thrifty vinyl enthusiasts, there’s also the option for a $35 non-signed version. Either way, the entire pressing will only be out of 500, with 350 signed and 150 unsigned, so expect these things to go fast.
Whichever package you prefer, you can order them at The Matches web store.
Start saving your pennies and coming up with excuses to huddle over a laptop on Thursday mashing the refresh button. In the meantime, check out the acoustic version (above) of “Dog-Eared Page” recorded to celebrate the album’s decade status.