The Matches possess
an amazing raw talent and have already – in
just three years – toured all over the world.
Composed of vocalist and guitarist Shawn Harris, bassist
Justin San Souci, guitarist Jon Devoto, and drummer
Matt Whalen the Matches fill any venue with “Audio
Blood”. They have artistic backgrounds and their
creative genes are apparent throughout their music.
Shawn designs many of the band’s clothes and
also creates the artwork displayed on the CD jacket.
The Matches promise great things to come – I
sense some good fortune in Jon Devoto’s blonde
How did you form as
Shawn: Well, me and Matt and Justin were already together
and then we found Jon three years ago. We found him
in the Wanted ads either in the newspaper or on the
internet. Our guitar player left to go to the naval
academy. So we weren’t really a serious band
for a number of years. We had no idea we could book
real shows and whatnot. We’ve been around for
three years, yeah I’ll just say that...three
years with our current lineup.
What is the basis
for the bands name?
Shawn. The opposite of the Clash if you think about
it...matching, matches...the clash. Which if you think
about then we’re the opposite of their slogan
we’re the only band that doesn’t matter...
What are your major
Justin: Music. (pauses...looks up) God. (laughs)
Shawn: Tooth and Nail Records.
Justin: I’m just joking. Priests and Michael
Shawn: Our vocalist teacher in ninth grade.
Justin: She taught me how to be a man...
Shawn: ...the hard way. Musically, oh I don’t
know. I don’t know how to answer that. I’m
Justin: My favorite band one week, I won’t listen
to the next week. Like when we got home we were listening
to like Nirvana.
Shawn: RUSH! haha
Justin: What happened was I lost all my CDs and I
only had one CD and the one CD I had was my Rush CD.
So it was the only CD I could listen to.
Shawn: Yeah and we all hated him.
Justin: It wasn’t just Rush, it was their early
stuff and it was like all this synthesizer bullshit
and I tricked myself into liking it until I got another
Shawn: Then he was like: “Wow, the Gin Blossoms
Rule.” Nirvana is pretty much a constant for
all of us. We just got a live copy of Nine Inch Nails
concert that happened in Glendale, my friend bootlegged
it for us. He goes in with a microphone on his hat
and pulls his hood over it. He
had a prosthetic leg so they can’t get it with
metal detectors. Anyway, we listen to everything really.
What is your favorite
song from your material and why?
Shawn: My favorite track is the last track, doesn’t
really have a name. We still call it Track 11, but
it’s Track 12 on the epitaph CD. When people
ask us to play the last track we’re like “Oh
yeah, we’ll play track 11.” And they’re
like “but you played Sick Little Suicide in
your set.” That’s my favorite one.
Justin: I really like Sick Little Suicide.
Have you read any
books that have changed your perspective on society?
Justin: Oh man, I’m reading this book called
The Jungle and it’s about the meatpacking industry
in the early 1900’s. It’s brutal. I don’t
think I’ll ever want to eat meat again, besides
that meat sandwich I just ate. But yeah, I mean just
about labor and it’s so unfair. Read it, read
and it will change your life. Or you won’t be
able to finish it.
Shawn: I’m reading a book called Infinite Jest
right now, but I’m not sure if it makes me want
to do drugs or not do drugs. One or the other very
drastically. I’m pretty torn.
What political issues
most concern you?
Shawn: Ummm...well, we lost in the presidential race,
so we can not care about politics for the next four
Justin: We got a war or something going on that I’m
pretty sure I’m not supposed to like.
Shawn: That’s not very cool to talk about anymore
because it’s past. Just kidding. I say that
but I’m kind of guilty as well.
Justin: (sarcastically) I’m really looking forward
to when they take off all the restrictions off the
coastline of Alaska and start doing all the drilling
and killing all the wildlife. And developing national
forests into parking lots. I’m excited for it
- it’s a whole new age. I hate politics and
politicians - it really just makes me disgusted. That’s
kind of a naive answer.
Shawn: Did you know the coolest thing in the news
of late? Did you hear about the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
They had to break the bones in half to get the bones
out of the cave. They don’t like to break the
bones in half, but they had to. And there was still
live blood marrow inside. They have it and we’re
gonna fucking make us some T-Rexes baby. YEAH! JP
- Jurassic Park. (Justin and Shawn start humming Jurassic
Justin: We’re going to drop Tyrannosaurus Rex
into other countries and they’ll eat other people.
We’ll strap lasers to their heads and let them
loose in urban areas.
What is your biggest
Shawn: Not having a really good answer to your last
Justin: My biggest regret was probably something I
did in fourth grade.
Shawn: Do you remember your really good quote about
regret? Justin said one time, “I’m gonna
start regretting things that I did do, not regretting
things that I didn’t do.”
Justin: I’m getting there - I’m working
on it. Getting better,
Shawn: He trashed out hotel room, not just our room
- our whole floor. On his birthday after he trashed
himself. He put all the furniture in our floor into
the elevator and sent it down to the lobby.
Justin: But I replaced it all with ice. There was
like an inch of ice on the floor.
How do you spend time
besides with music?
Shawn: Wow, your easy questions are really hard.
Justin: I’ve been reading a lot...more than
I usually do.
Shawn: We draw a lot, we do all the art and everything.
being busy like
doing merch for our band or other bands. We do our
Justin: We just finished doing the art for a compilation
for a label
called Take Over Records.
Shawn: Yeah, we have two songs coming out with Take
Over Records. Kind
of a pre-album release. We’re animating a video
for our next album. So
we’re always busy being artists.
Where do you see yourselves
as a band in five years?
Justin: Hopefully we’ll still be a band.
Shawn: We’ll be on tour because that will probably
be two albums from
now. And at this given moment we’ll be in Japan.
Justin: Yeah. That’d be fun.
Shawn: Maybe...yeah, we’re going to start to
get mad as a band. Because we’re going to have
very sheltered lives. So in five
years we’re gonna be kind of pissed about that.
we’re going to have a
love/hate relationship with the road.
Justin: In five years we’re going to be behind
ten years mentally
because we’ve been the road so long. It’ll
be obvious that there’s
something wrong with us. Right now it’s just
beginning to show.
Could you describe
the song writing process?
Shawn: Yeah, we have a new song writing process. We
assign homework and everybody has to come up with
like two parts that match a rip we came up with. The
next day we go over what works and that one song will
turn into like ten songs. And then we take like two
of the ten songs and do homework on those. So we have
all these songs splayed out and we take the best pieces
out and make it into an entire song. And I write a
lot in my books and I usually end of writing like
folksy type of songs - mellow. And I make all these
slow songs and I take words out of them and
put them into the rhyme schemes.
Any other comments?
Shawn: Yeah...she won’t say it but I used to
date the girl in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Justin: I used to uh...
Shawn: He used to date the drummer of the Yeah Yeah
Justin: Yeah, we were a hot couple.