The Matches are one of my favorite bands ever in existence and it breaks my heart that they’ve chosen to go on “hiatus.” However, from the remains of what was once The Matches, rises two new class acts; frontman Shawn harris along with Australian singer Jake Griggs started a new duo called “Maniac.” While we anticipate their debut album, they are keeping our interests piqued by doing a series of covers of #1 hits from not only the US but the UK as well starting with “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas and “Beat Again” by JLS. You can keep up with the band’s ramblings and updates through their blog, #1 This Week or by becoming a fan on Facebook.
Jon Deveto, the lead guitarist for for The Matches has also started his own project, Bird By Bird. Although still in their incipient stages, they have a number of original demos already on their MySpace. Their debut show will be on August 21st at Blake’s on Telegraph Ave in Berkeley.
Although it breaks my heart that The Matches are splitting, both these bands show a lot of promise and I’m looking forward to seeing where the future takes them.