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Los Angeles, United States (2004 – 2008)

The friendship that spawned Patent Pending, the debut release from Heavens, began several years back when Matt Skiba moved to Los Angeles from Chicago, and wound up becoming housemates with Josiah Steinbrick, himself an East Coast native.

“We’re both music nerds,” Skiba explains. “So one day were both hanging out listening to records and Joe pulls out this cassette he had recorded with just these instrumental tracks. Even without lyrics I could tell they were amazing songs and said that we should start writing together. I had a sixteen-track in my room that I was using to demo Alkaline Trio songs, and once I fell in love with Joe’s songs, I thought, I could write lyrics to these so easily.”

The album itself was written in about a week in August of 2004. “I would pick up some wine and we’d head in my room to write,” remembers Skiba. “I would basically go into my room and write a song,” Steinbrick adds. “Then I’d bring it back to Matt’s room and we’d lay it down. Matt would add lyrics to it and we’d refine the arrangements to perfect them.”

“With Alkaline, I’m usually thinking Ramones and Misfits,” Skiba adds. “But Joe is such an incredibly talented, imaginative player, that he built this foundation that let me feel like I could sing low in my register, and let the influences of Sisters of Mercy come out of me.” With Matt’s vocal influences paving the way for his gentle, almost whispering melodies, Steinbrick’s distinct soundscapes were shaped under the influence of pop experimentalists such as Wire, Brian Eno, and Television.

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  • willett25

    So, I needed some dreamy rocking for a playlist I made recently, and "Dead End Girl" fit the bill perfectly! Grab a fancy pair of headphones and jive to this playlist!- https://swilletted.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/playlist-potluck-week-3-buried-in-headphones/

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • willett25

    Seriously, this is better than most Alkaline Trio material. Brilliant track-by-track.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Ophilea

    Still wish these guys make another album.

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • akai_android

    Sounds like Boards of Canada for children and metalheads.

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Sonic_Alkaline

    Truly an incredible album, and greatly appreciated! Wish they would do something else together! Come on! Give us another! ;)

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • hollywoodiary

    can you please give us another album god damn

    8 Nov 2012 Reply
  • saythissooner

    i'll announce the grand prize

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • bstjv

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    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • JonsiDistefano

    can't live without that album

    14 May 2012 Reply
  • xCNAx

    perfect

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • psydoll

    The band picture's actually Joe's reaction to Matt telling him it's over, a sad moment in musical history. I'm never sure what to listen to after Heavens. Maybe some Eels today.

    14 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Thomas_Tuning

    i still hope matt create a song with mark hoppus one day.

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • redjenius2112

    ОХУенныая вещь

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ultravizoide_

    MATT <3

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
  • saythissooner

    reminds me She Wants Revenge. both are incredible. its sad it's over

    31 Jul 2011 Reply
  • rad_rod

    matt skiba !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • falsepriest

    @Illinoisemakerr check out Joy Division and Depeche Mode, which are both influences of Heavens. Also, She Wants Revenge may be to your liking.

    15 May 2011 Reply
  • Genesis2012

    love at first hearing xD hhh Love it :)

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • DanceAndMusicO

    Watching You- best song !!! love it :P

    5 Mar 2011 Reply
  • devinsetsfire

    Oh matt skiba is trying to hard to branch away from alk3. his solo stuff is getting way boring and this cd is just...blah nothing too special. let the @devinsetsfire hate begin

    25 Feb 2011 Reply
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