The Good Life, Jake Bellows, Oquoa

Sun Nov 13 2016

8:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

The Loving Touch

22634 Woodward Ave Ferndale, MI 48220

$12 Adv./ $14 Day of

All Ages

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  • The Good Life

    The Good Life

    Alternative Rock

    Omaha, NE’s The Good Life returns this summer with their first album in eight years, Everybody’s Coming Down. Call it a soundtrack to Man’s 21st century existential angst, the album poses cosmic queries, contemplates regrets, questions self-worth, and examines the possibility of living in the moment, when memories are all that we truly take with us. And in some ways, that’s the sweet spot front man and lyricist Tim Kasher inhabits: trying to make sense of this world of ours, and how and why we navigate it the way we do.

    Everybody’s Coming Down moves in a new direction musically and, in contrast to The Good Life’s earlier releases, is very much a rock record. It is also the first that truly embodies the band as a whole, more so than any previous album. In blending elements of drummer Roger L. Lewis’s love of classic rock, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Fox’s chaotic approach to melody, Stefanie Drootin-Senseney’s propulsive yet tuneful bass parts, and Kasher’s deft, complementary song writing, the band sparked a vibrant evolution in sound. The gentler, folk-driven pop/rock for which the band is beloved remains (sonic sister album bookends “7 In The Morning” and “Midnight Is Upon Us;” “The Troubadour’s Green Room”), but it is now mixed amongst guitars lines that unspool in a blaze across songs that hit harder and more viscerally (“Everybody,” “Holy Shit”), as well as moments of distorted psychedelia and moody ambience (“Flotsam Locked Into A Groove,” “Diving Bell,” “How Small We Are”).

    The Good Life have never been afraid to switch up their sound, refusing to be ascribed as one thing or another. 2000’s Novena On A Nocturn – recorded essentially as a solo project by Kasher as an outlet for quieter songs that didn’t quite fit with his long-standing band Cursive – was spacious and stirring, glistening with occasional electronic flourishes. 2002’s Black Out saw The Good Life grow into a full band, telling tales of drunken nights and capricious lovers over an evocative blend of electronic and traditional instrumentation. 2004’s Album Of The Year was the first recorded with the now longtime core band of Kasher, Drootin-Senseney, Fox, and Lewis. Hailed by Pitchfork, Alternative Press, NYLON, SPIN, and Time Out New York, among others, this album left behind any electronic touches as it chronicled 12 months of a doomed relationship – and the attendant complex feelings – through strains of soaring pop. 2007’s Help Wanted Nights, conceived as the soundtrack to a screenplay, was a more musically stripped-down affair and presented a bare look at human emotions through characters in a small-town bar.

    Following a tour supporting Help Wanted Nights, and save for a handful of June 2010 shows, the band’s four members quietly moved on to other projects without officially saying goodbye, but with the confident assumption that they’d come back together again. Then life, as it does, took over: Kasher moved around the US, eventually settled in Chicago, and released two Cursive albums as well as two solo albums. Drootin-Senseney relocated to Los Angeles with her husband Chris, where they had a couple of kids and formed the band Big Harp, which released two albums. Fox moved to Portland, OR, worked on solo material, recorded with label-mate Jake Bellows, and started a tape label, Majestic Litter. Lewis stayed put in Omaha – The Good Life gleaned its name from Nebraska’s displaced state slogan – and played with bands Conduits and Oquoa.

    Kasher began writing songs for a new album in October 2013, and the quartet – balancing their busy lives and multiple projects – reconvened from July to December 2014 to finish writing what became Everybody’s Coming Down. With the help of Ben Brodin in Omaha’s ARC Studios, The Good Life started recording in January of this year and finished the album in their respective homes. The band then turned to John Congleton (St. Vincent, Baroness, Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings) to mix the album at his Elmwood Recording in Dallas, TX, looking to his experienced hand and uninhibited style to maintain and further realize the album’s untempered, vital sound.

    And vital it is: Everybody’s Coming Down might not crack the ever-elusive code to our universal wonderings, but it’ll make you think, illuminate a new or alternative perspective, perhaps salve a lonely ache of isolation. Because we are, ultimately, all in this together – forever coming down.

  • Jake Bellows

    Jake Bellows

    Singer-Songwriter

    This site is designed to allow music to go from, concept to recording, faster than the traditional method. Instead of waiting for a year or two to record an album, my plan is to start on the recordings while the inspiration is fresh! It takes a page out of the old school style of recording singles and playing them on the radio, in order to determine whether or not it would be worth making a record at all. Except, I’ll be doing this without the radio. Gonna miss that old radio…

    So, I will endeavor to record my favorite songs as they make themselves known to me. I will then attempt to distribute them to the select people that actually care about my music. THEN, after I have a suitable body of work, I will ask for a show of hands to determine how many of the very limited edition albums I will have pressed up!! I will only press as many as are ordered and then I will begin on the next chapter of work. EXCITING!!

    I am also going to put up some of the other things that i think are fun. For example, I intend to record a comedy tape of jokes that i make up while delivering sandwiches.(that is not a joke) There will also be photographs that I think are nice. I’m going to put links up to the individuals that i think are interesting and share the things I LOVE!!! this is only the beginning and I can imagine that this thing will develop a life of it’s own, and I can’t wait!

  • Oquoa

    Oquoa

    Alternative Rock

    Oquoa began as a solo recording project for Max Holmquist (The Great American Desert). He met with Roger L. Lewis (The Good Life/Conduits) and J.J. Idt (Conduits/Eagle Seagull) and began writing and arranging music as a full band rather than a solo project. With a full set of songs they entered the studio and started playing shows under the name Oquoa. They released the album in the Summer of 2014 after J.J Idt left the band. Patrick Newbery (Cursive/Tim Kasher band) joined on keys and Mike Overfield (Conduits/Eagle Seagull) on bass. With a new lineup and a new set of songs, they began recording in the summer of 2015 and will be releasing their new EP, "In Oneir" on July 30th. Their music evokes a dreamy, floating, ambient feeling layered over simple pop and rock structures and arrangements.

The Good Life, Jake Bellows, Oquoa

Sun Nov 13 2016 8:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

The Loving Touch Ferndale MI
The Good Life, Jake Bellows, Oquoa
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$12 Adv./ $14 Day of All Ages