Maybe it's my inner grumpy old man speaking, but I am not sure if the new Lifetime record will live up to my expectations. Then again, I openly admit to liking "Background" (Wagenschutz plays on it ... nuff said). Today I read a note from Dan Yemin on Myspace and it put a smile on my face.
I'm getting really excited and really nervous all at once. We have a new album coming out in two weeks. We wrote the songs in 6 months, as opposed to the two years it took to write "Jersey's Best Dancers". We recorded the album in three weeks, as opposed to the three days it took to record "Hello Bastards". As you can see, some things are different, and some things are the same. I feel like the music, and relationships between the five of us that fuel that music, have remained much the same, but hopefully have matured too. Same old super-fast hardcore pop songs. Same weird mix of Gorilla Biscuits, Jawbreaker, Green Day, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, 7 Seconds, Dag Nasty. Same less-obvious-but-no-less-intense obsessions with the Smiths, the Cure, Superchunk, Weezer. Same themes of love and loss, & love of music. New themes as well. We're not at each other's throats anymore, and we communicate pretty well these days. Most of us are married, some of us have kids, jobs, etc. We're really fucking proud of this record, and I really think that you'll love it too. I'm grateful to all of you, the old-heads and the new kids, all of you who supported us and still support us, who gave us a thumbs up when we decided to come back, who stuck by us through all the bizarre rumours, music journalist speculation, and internet shit-talking.
I'm grateful to Ari, Dave, Pete, & Scott for hard work and inspiration, and for getting better and wiser and gentler over the past 10 years, to our wives, girlfriends, friends and families for the support. We're playing 7 record release shows in the next month. We'll be bringing some really rad bands with us, I think some of the best that the punk/HC scene in the US has to offer right now.
Have no fear, there will be no pretty-boy mascara and hair gel crap. Just good music.
I can't fucking wait. Join us.
I am excited and weirded out at the same time with the release of this new record.
Anyone heard it in it's entirety?
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