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The Life And Times

The Life And Times

Fri · December 1, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 18 and over

The Life And Times
The Life And Times
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.
Writing recently for The Magician, the band couldn’t help but notice the ease with which
each song was crafted. The obvious difference between these songs and those found
on their critically well-received debut CD Suburban Hymns (DeSoto) in 2005 was that they
had found their M.O., their raison d’etre, or whatever you want to call it, and it has
produced a streamlined style that is also constantly, but effortlessly evolving.
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.
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June of 2006 saw the release of an eponymous split 10”/CD and subsequent two week
tour of Spain, both of which included the fine Barcelona-based band Nueva Vulcano
(ex-Aina). Now, the fine Japanese label Stiff Slack Records, (Mercury Program, 31 Knots,
Shiner, Mates of State) had offered up a home for The Magician at a time when Kim
Colettas’ DeSoto Records had entered a self-imposed long-term slumber. Plus, it gives
them a chance to knock back a few Sapporo tallboys from vending machines while on
a headlining tour of Japan in October 2006
Venue Information:
The High Watt
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
http://thehighwatt.com/