It's got 13 all new compositions produced by Mark Hoppus, Jon Feldman, Tim Armstrong, Nick Hexum, Brett Gurewitz and more.
When Matches singer Shawn Harris opens new album Decomposer with the lines “Do you belong to a song, does it drag you along by the top of your lungs?” it’s no idle question. Waltzing across chamber strings that quiver like a tearful lip, “Salty Eyes” feels at first like a simple song of ruined love, but is really a lovesong from a band whose lives have been saved by music to its fans. An album filled with smart, literate songs that reveal a depth of listening uncommon in guitar bands – from the up-to-the-moment clubthrob slipped into “Drive” and “You (Don’t) Know Me,” to the theatrical settings of “Salty Eyes” and “The Barber’s Unhappiness” that hint at past listens to Bowie and Queen – Decomposer puts the band in an ambitious line that stretches back to the Beatles and the Who, through The Cars and Weezer to current true believers like Say Anything. Bands that believe a three-minute pop song can capture every twist and torment of inner life, every intense nuance of a relationship, all the while making you want to shout along with the chorus as you race headlong into oblivion. Songs that let you know that, in spite of what everyone has told you, there’s a place for you in this misbegotten world. “When you belong to a song, Salty Eyes, you belong.”