I can’t believe I didn’t find this out sooner and that I found out from (of all sources) Pitchfork. So what is the news? Well, evidently (the now reunited) Lifetime is so excited about their reunion that they are working on a new album and have signed a deal with Decaydance, the Fueled By Ramen offshoot label that’s co-run by Fall Out Boy’s bassist, Pete Wentz. Weird and unexpected, I know. Even weirder though is that the daughter of a woman in my company’s HR department is dating Pete. Yep.
“Pete and Decaydance are giving us an opportunity to make the record we want to make while still staying in control of our music and our lives,” Lifetime say on the Fueled By Ramen website. “They are behind us as artists and because of that, we’re backing them as a label.”
It really is about damn time that I posted something proper about Lifetime. I mean, this blog’s title is a reference to them. Anyhow, while I’ve been listening to their recently released collection of pre Jade Tree stuff Somewhere In The Swamps Of Jersey lately, I’ve actually been a huge Lifetime fan for over ten years now. And while I’ve enjoyed the music of various members’ post-Lifetime projects such as Paint It Black, Zero Zero, and Kid Dynamite (a whole heck of a lot), none of the music has had the same emotional connection with me as the music they made in Lifetime. The music on both Hello Bastards and Jersey’s Best Dancers transcends the genres of punk and hardcore. I love Lifetime. My wife loves Lifetime. My brother loves Lifetime. My sister (not a punk) loves Lifetime. The Pishko’s love Lifetime, and the list goes on and on.
“Angular, honed, stuffed with feedback, lyrically taut, they deliver resonant pop-hardcore shards that transcend the “emo” tag by a mile. There are those complexly scissor-fight guitar parts, fault-line structures, and muscular drums, but the centerpieces are Katz’s poetic pen and exploded monotone, the latter which comes off agitated, bored, and heartsick all in the same line.” – Pitchfork
Whatever label their new album (hopefully) comes out on, count me in as ultra excited. I only hope that they come play Chicago (which they have neglected in the past months) sometime soon. F%&$*ng Lifetime back together again and making a new album. Hot damn.
Do yourself a favor and go to any online store, run (don’t walk) to your local music store, do whatever you have to and go buy all of Lifetime’s albums. You will not be disappointed.
MP3 | Lifetime – Young, Loud, And Scotty Jersey’s Best Dancers
MP3 | Lifetime – Daneurysm Hello Bastards
MP3 | Lifetime – The Boy’s No Good The Boy’s New Good 7”
MP3 | Lifetime – Starsixtynine Somewhere In The Swamps Of Jersey