What made the Matches’ E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals stand out from the rest of their pop-punk compatriots was their spin on the genre. There was something about their sound that was raw and uncontained. Obviously something had to stand out in order to get signed to punk-pioneering label, Epitaph. This time around the band tweaks their sound a bit and tries to show that they’re capable of more. Their sophomore effort, Decomposer, demonstrates efforts to play around with keyboards and electronics. Although it doesn’t sound bad, it’s difficult to see how the band will play some of these songs live unless there’s a) an extra guy on stage or b) they simply press a button a la Panic! at the Disco to get the desired results. The band also takes it a lot easier on the pop-punk on their second album and takes an artsier approach to their music. As a result, they end up with a solid, refined rock album. Although this may not be their catchiest collection of songs, Decomposer is definetly a showcase of the band’s maturing abilities as songwriters.