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Lifetime

Lifetime: live in Los Angeleslive in Los Angeles (2005)
Jade Tree Records

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: Barry Scatton
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45 minutes of inspiration that will last a Lifetime. While it might sound a bit strange, I can actually remember exactly what I was doing when I heard about Lifetime's unexpected break-up. I had a show booked with a now-defunct Pennsylvania punk rock band called the Overdrives (two gold stars to .



45 minutes of inspiration that will last a Lifetime.

While it might sound a bit strange, I can actually remember exactly what I was doing when I heard about Lifetime's unexpected break-up. I had a show booked with a now-defunct Pennsylvania punk rock band called the Overdrives (two gold stars to anyone who got to witness the band's greatness). I had just been given a copy of Lifetime's Jade Tree debut, Hello Bastards, a month prior, and needless to say I was absolutely crushed when I heard from a member of the Overdrives that Lifetime had broken up. Lifetime was fast becoming one of my favorite bands during that point in my life, and the realization that I would never be able to experience them in a live setting was a very unsettling feeling. In the following years, I have managed to see just about every band I have ever wanted to see, but I still couldn't help but feel cheated that I had never been able to see Lifetime.

A year or so ago, a lot of bands started to do reunion shows. Bands like Coalesce, Turmoil, Trial, Damnation AD, and plenty more including hardcore powerhouses Kid Dynamite and Gorilla Biscuits got back together for one last blaze of glory. I started to get optimistic thinking to myself, "okay, if all these other bands nobody thought would ever get back together decided to play one more show, why not Lifetime?" Sure enough, after a high profile Alternative Press article on the band, Lifetime announced that they would reunite for Hellfest. In the months following the substituted weekend shows, Lifetime announced they would be coming to the West Coast.

Tonight was a very special night for me, as I am sure it was equally as special for everybody at the Troubadour. It was made blatantly apparent how influential and respected Lifetime is by the sheer number of band members and label representatives in attendance. When Lifetime hit the stage it was like I had entered a time warp. The atmosphere wasn't like that of a Kiss reunion concert, featuring 5 washed up assholes milking their fans for every last cent in their pockets. Lifetime played tonight with utter sincerity, and they even had a Shirts for a Cure table set up featuring Lifetime, Kid Dynamite and Loved Ones shirts for sale, with the proceeds being donated to charity. Tonight I witnessed a band who had been more or less broken up for the past 8 years play a set of songs with the same youthful energy many witnessed when Lifetime was regularly touring and inspiring people with their music. I would just like to send out a formal thank you to Lifetime and everybody else involved with putting these shows together. It was honestly a dream come true to be able to sing along to these songs live. Since their tragic break-up, we have seen Lifetime become even more recognized posthumously. The band has announced they will be playing sporadic shows on "special occasions," so I hope there will be more opportunities for people like me in other areas of the country to share Lifetime's music and message one more time. Tonight I witnessed 5 guys who gave everything they had on stage for 45 minutes, and who truly give a fuck about making indie music a positive and rewarding experience.

Set list In no particular order:

  • Daneurysm
  • Rodeo Clown
  • Anchor
  • (The Gym Is) Neutral Territory
  • Irony Is for Suckers
  • What She Said
  • Knives Bats New Tats
  • Ostrichisized
  • Turnpike Gates
  • Young Loud and Scotty
  • Francie Nolan
  • 25 Cent Giraffes
  • Hey Catrine
  • Bringin' It Backwards
  • How We Are
  • Theme for a New Brunswick Basement Show
  • Cut the Tension
  • The Truth About Lars
  • The Boys No Good
  • The Verona Kings
  • Somewhere in the Swamps
  • Starsixtynine
[originally posted on punkrocks.net]

 


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joeg (February 10, 2006)

damn you guys complain about everything. the band came back, played a handful of shows to some very diehard fans and made a couple bucks. big fucking deal. now go on and complain to mommy some more for not buying you airline tickets to LA to see them.

Anonymous (February 10, 2006)

"special occasions" = when they start to get low on money

this reunion was definitely honorable when they did it for a benefit a few months back. its a joke now. lifetime is in no way relevant right now. they shouldve left the band broken up.

I agree. Lets go and play all of our old songs guys!

Anonymous (February 10, 2006)

I saw The Overdrives open for Bigwig in February 2000. And then, of course, Josh Marsh did a stint in Bigwig from like 2001-2003 or so after the Overdrives broke up.

Anonymous (February 9, 2006)

Oh, and in case it wasn't clear, I DO know that Kid Dynamite didn't record Paradise. That, of course, would be None More Black.

Score if for my sense of humour.

Anonymous (February 9, 2006)

I don't like Lifetime, but I've also never listened to them. The Dan Yemin bands haven't made much of a dent where I live, in fact I don't even know if Dr Dan's ever been to western Canada despite our overabundance of wheat, snow and BC bud.

I do like Kid Dynamite, and while I don't agree that it was the record of the year (Though it was probably the only choice that wouldn't have caused at least half the people who post here to bitch insessently, see; Against Me, or The Decemberists...who I am fucking sick of hearing about by the way), Paradise was a very solid release that I've listened to quite a bit over the past few months.

What the hell was this post about originally? Is this the news about the Refused DVD?

feeeding5000 (February 9, 2006)

I agree with Will about the whole, "you like Lifetime because we'll tell you to" kinda thing. Everyone said that "paradise" was the best album of this past year, but I really did not feel it. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't all that good. Same w/Kid Dynamite's s/t album. All the songs were kind of samey, and really better for their pop-punk elements than for their hardcore. People keep on saying Dan Yemin is a genius, and all I think is, "well, he does sing kinda like Henry Rollins, so..."

barryscatton (February 9, 2006)

Ya, playing 3 whole shows. Wow they are really raking in the cash. If they really needed the money that bad, they would do a full US tour, because they would definitely sell out every show.

Anonymous (February 9, 2006)

"special occasions" = when they start to get low on money

this reunion was definitely honorable when they did it for a benefit a few months back. its a joke now. lifetime is in no way relevant right now. they shouldve left the band broken up.

Anonymous (February 9, 2006)

The Gym Is Neutral Territory is one of my favorite songs of all time.

Anonymous (February 9, 2006)

I got into lifetime's "hello bastards" not long after Jawbreaker broke up. They were my Jawbreaker Jr, but faster. As much as i was into the mid-nineties emo-punk sound Lifetime definitely stood hands down beyond the rest and first in line to carry the jawbreaker torch. Their later material wasn't as solid as As "Hello Bastards", but all hyperbole aside, i think they've more than earned all the "essential punk band" type-ery they've garnered

Anonymous (February 9, 2006)

This score is Mike Ness

gladimnotemo (February 8, 2006)

I almost drove off the road listening to Lifetime, the "groundbreaking melodic hardcore band!!" True story.

swingline (February 8, 2006)

i don't like lifetime. i know there's more of you who are thinking the same.

Anonymous (February 8, 2006)

"why do you think lifetime is god's gift to rock music then?

im not asking fora treatise, nor am i mindlkessling agreeing with bsd.
just a simple answer, assuming ill probably get the same kind of "answers" i get when i ask, "what is metalcore?""

well i'm sure god's gift to music is blowing it out of proportion, but i will tell you why they are my favorite band. they wrote music that was evocative. they had timeless melodies that reveal more of themselves each time you listen. they were fast and powerful despite that, and i have never heard a band as good at being agressive and melodic simultaneously. their lyrics were heartfelt, often funny and never pompous. they never tried to romanticize situations or make ari into a hero, he just wrote things the way they were with an incredible amount of insightfulness and humor. their music reflects a time and place and a feeling of growing up that i can relate strongly to. because of that, their music has become an important part of my life and can make me feel and remember things the way that no other band can. i'm not saying they're the best band ever, but they sure as hell are my favorite.

darkstarm (February 8, 2006)

I love this band because they write great songs. I prefer Hello Bastards. I want them to come to Chicago. "Anchor" is my favorite song. I can't wait for the Jade Tree retrospective. That is all.

Dante3000 (February 8, 2006)

I always hear about how influential this band is....
Who are these bands?

The only one I can think of right now is, Saves The Day.

Other than that, I can't think of another band who was so influenced by this "sound".

-kliph

First thing that comes to mind is Good Riddance. Listen to anything that's post Ballads from the Revolution (1998) and you'll hear a distinct Lifetime sound in a lot of the slower songs.
-Dante

Godfather (February 8, 2006)

rkl, i think the reason lifetime gets so much praise is because of dan yemin and the bands that he went on to form: kid dynamite, paint it black

rkl (February 8, 2006)

Lifetime - live in Los Angeles
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-08 01:17:35

"i've never heard somewhere in the swamps...what am i missing, and where record is it on?"

it was the b-sde to the boy's no good 7", and is the title track on the upcoming lifetime rarities comp.
why do you think lifetime is god's gift to rock music then?

im not asking fora treatise, nor am i mindlkessling agreeing with bsd.
just a simple answer, assuming ill probably get the same kind of "answers" i get when i ask, "what is metalcore?"

Anonymous (February 8, 2006)

i always considered lifetime on their own. I never thought they were part of a larger genre, or had many real imitators.

The only way saves the day has a lifetime sound is maybe the kind of run-on sentence type song structures on the first two saves the day records, but thats about it.

I never got into hello bastards, though I think it has its moments. Jersey's best dancers is one of my favorites though, pretty perfect record.

wyzo

Anonymous (February 8, 2006)

"rkl, this band is okay and everyone here goes apeshit over them because they're told to. I mean, seriously, look at the 1990's emo/hardcore scene... These guys were awesome back then, but so were tons of other bands. I don't know what this "LIFETIME CREATED PUNK!" shit is about.

-Will"

right, kids love them because they're told to. god, you are such a self-righteous, pompous little shit.

Anonymous (February 8, 2006)

"i've never heard somewhere in the swamps...what am i missing, and where record is it on?"

it was the b-sde to the boy's no good 7", and is the title track on the upcoming lifetime rarities comp.

Anonymous (February 8, 2006)

I always hear about how influential this band is....
Who are these bands?

The only one I can think of right now is, Saves The Day.

Other than that, I can't think of another band who was so influenced by this "sound".

-kliph

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

Jersey's Best Dancers is so much better than Hello Bastards. In fact, the only HB-era songs that I ever really listen to are It's Not Funny Anymore and The Things She Said (not even sure if that's the right title).

-Chinatown

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

" I don't know what this "LIFETIME CREATED PUNK!" shit is about."

Who the fuck has ever said this?

Godfather (February 7, 2006)

and jawbreaker is the undisputed greatest punk band of all time

Godfather (February 7, 2006)

i like lifetime because everyone else does

Dante3000 (February 7, 2006)

Will brings up an interesting point. 90's Emo/hardcore was not at all like todays scene. It's interesting because listening to JBD now, it doesn't sounds as amazing as it did when I first heard it. And I know a large part of that is because so many bands have been influenced by Lifetime and have mixed their sound into their music.
In their original time Lifetime was a stand alone band. And with solid word that they're working on new material I fully expect them to rule again.
-Dante

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

rkl, this band is okay and everyone here goes apeshit over them because they're told to. I mean, seriously, look at the 1990's emo/hardcore scene... These guys were awesome back then, but so were tons of other bands. I don't know what this "LIFETIME CREATED PUNK!" shit is about.

-Will

k-dubs (February 7, 2006)

kirby...a less rash idea... get a plane ticket and a sxsw ticket...badabing!!

rkl (February 7, 2006)

im really starting to think im the only person on this site who doesnt go balls to the wall over lifetime.
maybe ive been listening to the wrong album or something.

dougkatz (February 7, 2006)

the san francisco show was fucking ridiculous

housewrecker (February 7, 2006)

Barry, I'm stoked you finally got to see them!!! Remember listening to Jersey's Best Dancers while we huffed across Ohio???

Dante3000 (February 7, 2006)

I can only comment on the San Francisco show but I can say that it killed!
They had no security in front of the stage or anything.
Fat kids who had no business stage diving were leaping like 50 pound skater kids into the crowd. It was great.
-Dante

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

i've never heard somewhere in the swamps...what am i missing, and where record is it on?

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

i cant believe i missed this. i had my plane booked from richmond to LA, and i bkaced out at 1 Am friday morning, because i had no place to stay and didnt feel like taking a taxi around all weekend. looks like i'll have to put up with t hem at bamboozle unless they announce a full tour. which is possible.

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

"Oh yeah? Well I slept with your wife!"

Scott, his wife's in a coma.

sXenester (February 7, 2006)

To conclude, I'm tossin' on the plaid bulldog light and prayin' for a savior when it comes to a Bosstones reunion.

xrobotcorex (February 7, 2006)

Damn, I need to see Lifetime... I got into them about a year ago, and they've become one of my favorite bands of all time. They should get something in the Pittsburgh/Cleveland area.

maverick (February 7, 2006)

"This really wasn't much of a review."

Oh yeah? Well I slept with your wife!

-Scott

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

"tragic" breakup? Uh, CANCER is tragic. WAR is tragic. Lifetime's breakup was not tragic.

Bands are supposed to break up. Unless you want them all to be like the Rolling Stones.

fistchode (February 7, 2006)

This really wasn't much of a review.

vitustinnitus (February 7, 2006)

i've got a plane ticket and a sxsw badge.

lifetime here i come.

Psychoos231 (February 7, 2006)

Fun times were had that night

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

Awesome, awesome time at the Troubador. Beautiful. Heart felt. Energetic. Plenty of sing-alongs, stage diving (at the beginning and at the end- -the Troubador has a policy against it), crowd surfing, and overall audience participation. I never thought I'd get to see this band live. And, yes, it was like entering a time warp. The number of audience members from the East Coast gave this show a different kind of "feel." LA area shows are infamous for their "stand around and watch" kinds of crowds, but that was not the case here. It needs to be said: Lifetime > Kid Dynamite

Also, did anyone else notice how skinny Dan Yemin looked? He even opted against taking his shirt off, much to the chagrin of the person who asked him to, haha.

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

"I heard these shows were pretty sub-par"

You heard wrong, bitch.

KirbyPuckett (February 7, 2006)

I would kill someone infront of their own mother to see Lifetime at least one more time.

- Kirby

etwiels88 (February 7, 2006)

I heard these shows were pretty sub-par

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

i went to all three west coast ones and it was a great weekend. not quite as fun as the ones on the east coast because it lacked that "holy shit i'm about to see my favorite band! i can't fucking believe it!" feeling, and the west coast doesn't quite have that obsessesion with LT. but because it was less crazy i was able to get more sing-alongs and not get quite as clobbered plus they played fucking SWAMPS! aka the Best Song Ever.

swank (February 7, 2006)

Holy fuck, they played all of JBD and played "somewhere in the swamps of jersey".

Color me green with envy for all in attendence.

I MUST see one of these shows.

Lifetime - come to Toronto!!

8dollarclarinetsolo (February 7, 2006)

they played all of jerseys best dancers, yes!!

stevejonestherealbones (February 7, 2006)

two gold stars as in the 5 gold (yellow) star rating used to judge this show? or are you using a different set of standards with those two gold stars as you are with these five stars?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

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