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The Artist Life

The Artist Life: LivingLiving (2007)
self-released

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The Artist Life are Canada's answer to contemporary melodic punk coming out of the Northeast US (see the Loved Ones, Gaslight Anthem). While boarding slightly more on the pop-punk side of things and drawing less from Springsteen than their immediate influences, the Artist Life stand to make an impre.
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The Artist Life are Canada's answer to contemporary melodic punk coming out of the Northeast US (see the Loved Ones, Gaslight Anthem). While boarding slightly more on the pop-punk side of things and drawing less from Springsteen than their immediate influences, the Artist Life stand to make an impressive name for themselves if they can keep with the direction they star on their debut EP Living.

Just so you're certain, there isn't any reason as to why you shouldn't get this; the band is giving it away for free on their website, though, those who choose to shell out their hard-earned dollars will be rewarded with two bonus tracks.

On the album's standout tracks ("City Blocks," "Shipwreck" and "Waiting Room"), the Artist Life come across as a mature band with just enough soaring choruses and backup vocals to mix with the grit of post-punk guitar-work. During these moments, they're a band that one can easily see themselves shouting along with in a live setting. They seem as though they're mature enough as individuals to have depth to their lyrics, but not quite past the point where they're willing to surrender a catchy hook in favor of a time change or solo, and if they can stay there, it's a mighty fine place to be.

For now, this balance of mid-`90s punk and modern Northeastern sound is working wonderfully. It's a tough line to straddle, though, and it will be interesting to see what direction the band takes when it's time for them to hit the studio again.

 

 
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icapped2pac (June 22, 2008)

I've only heard the free version, but this is a pretty damn good introduction.

Amsteel (June 22, 2008)

To the reviewer: It may have been better to review the ten track, full version rather than the free eight track one, as the last two tracks are phenomenal.

The whole album and the band are phenomenal as well, and just as good live.

The Artist Life is up there with The Loved Ones and The Gaslight Anthem for best new band in the past five years, and in the my top five for all time.

llmp (June 22, 2008)

I was thinking Latterman, but yeah The Loved Ones is pretty dead on.

chickswithdicks (June 21, 2008)

these guys were such douchebags when i saw them a couple months ago

imisschampion (June 21, 2008)

great stuff

nocigar (June 21, 2008)

good stuff here.

andrewg (June 20, 2008)

dreams among stars anyone?

SloaneDaley (June 20, 2008)

this band really must like The Loved Ones cuz this sounds exactly like something between Keep Your Heart and Build & Bur. That being said it is good and it'll be nice to have a band other than Hostage Life play with pop punk bands that play here.

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