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Thursday, March 13 • 9:00pm - 9:30pm
The Life and Times

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If you were forced to guess what a band sounds like based solely upon the bands they’ve toured with, but without actually having heard them—as we’re all forced to at one time or another—you’d be pinning the tail on the proverbial donkey with The Life and Times. Seemingly odd tour pairings with bands like the Johnny-Cash-flavored Murder By Death, indie folkster William Elliot Whitmore, ultra-heavy sonic juggernauts Pelican, Japanese atmospherists Mono and the urgent rockists Sparta and Engine Down have all made for smart mixed bills and paid dividends in many new fans for them. Live, the bright light and intense heat put off by the three lights The Life and Times bring on tour with them have not only given each of them exquisite tans on one arm, they provide a visual representation of what is happening on stage. As the blinding white lights bounce off their guitars and cymbals and around the room, the resulting lights and shadows are apt metaphors for the sound of three people creating mountains of sound and blissful mood. Allen Epley (gtr/vocs), Eric Abert (bass/moog) and Chris Metcalf (drums/cymbals) have added to the disrepair of interstates across the US throughout the ‘90s as members of Shiner, Ring Cicada and Stella Link, respectively, and have seen fads and styles fade at about the same rate as cheap jeans. The Magician EP (Stiff Slack), their fourth overall release, is a fad-free snapshot of a band that’s constantly morphing from a dragon, to a butterfly, to blinding white light, to a bird, to Godzilla, and back again, often within the space of just one song. A song like “Hush” gives the impression of what a Kevin Shields wet-dream might sound like with its rolling, overdriven sonic tidal-waves topped with Epleys’ powdery sweet vocal. “I Know You Are” begins with a simple 7 note theme that Doug Martsch might’ve written before it spins into a cauldron of whirling colors. Aberts’ Roger Waters inspired bass lines on “Killing Them Softly” and “Ave Maria” reveal their more Floydian tendencies, while “The Sound of the Ground” offers a simple guitar melody repeated ad nauseum until its’ zenith is ultimately realized. These solar vs lunar atmospherics are always balanced by Metcalfs’ Bonzo-sized beats, of course. Since early 2006, The Life and Times has played over 200 shows in support of their debut full-length release Suburban Hymns (DeSoto) and the Magician EP on US tours with the Appleseed Cast, Jimmy Eat World, and the aforementioned Murder By Death, Pelican, Mono, Sparta, Pinback, Engine Down, and William Elliot Whitmore. Alternative Press Magazine listed them as one of their 100 Bands to Watch in 2007. They leave to mix their hot-snot new record Tragic Boogie with Jason Livermore in late March 08. Domo Arigato.
http://2008.sxsw.com/music/showcases/band/71596.html

Thursday March 13, 2008 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Wave Rooftop 408 E 6th St

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