Having seen some of their elders wither on the Warped Tour, next-generation emo groups have decided to graduate from the genre before its shelf life expires. Matchbook Romance
's dubious debut, Stories and Alibis
, nominated the quartet as "Least Likely to Succeed." However, the band's recent Voices
transcends its whinecore origins. Matchbook Romance has taken its strengths peppy percussion, fist-pump choruses, catchy riffs and given them a savage twist, so the hand claps sound haunted, the group vocals recall angry mobs and the guitars chime as if a ghostly wind were making them shiver. Most of its statement-record arsenal (string section, piano, epic codas) won't be available onstage, so the live set occupies the transitional territory between albums sweeping songs played with primal pop-punk energy.