Published Feb 23, 2007"Its easy to stand up and be a cover band. Were playing these songs we wrote 15 years ago for your amusement. And Id never want to do that, says Lifetime guitarist Dan Yemin. No fanfare is required to introduce these five boys from the swamps of Jersey, who return with their fourth full-length recording and first since breaking up ten years ago. Easily one of the most important melodic hardcore bands to ever tour the basements of North America, Lifetime came to an end long before they became a required name-check in the realm of punk, hardcore, and emo.
Following a series of charity shows in the summer of 2005, their first appearances on stage since 1997, the bands newfound lease on life didnt come easily. "Everyones got current musical projects were engaged in. Although we were all friends by that point, it kind of seemed like sleeping with an old girlfriend, says Yemin. "You do that a lot in first few months after you break up with somebody, but to sleep with an old girlfriend one more time a few years later is kind of self destructive. Recovering from these masochistic tendencies, however, has found the band ready to release a batch of new material after a decade of silence.
"After ten years, to have created something together that we all feel lives up to the standard of the old stuff is exciting, Yemin explains. "Just to know that we can do it. More than just "do it, the band has built upon the foundation of their landmark Jerseys Best Dancers by adding just enough in the way of new sounds and styles to keep things relevant. While it would be easy to perform greatest hits at a few shows to keep their legacy alive, Lifetime took a chance, and at this point, it looks like its paid off handsomely. As Yemin states, however, they never really had another option: "If were going to play at all, were going to write new music.