Short Bursts Fueling Lifetime On The Road
The members of the influential New Jersey punk band Lifetime are fully recommitted to the band since reuniting in 2005 -- and releasing their first album, a self-titled effort, in a decade in FebruaryThe members of the influential New Jersey punk band Lifetime are fully recommitted to the band since reuniting in 2005 -- and releasing their first album, a self-titled effort, in a decade in February. But guitarist Dan Yemin tells Billboard.com that getting the quintet together and on the road isn't easy.
"It's pretty challenging to do it and find time when all five of us are capable of getting away," says Yemin, who's a practicing psychologist in Philadelphia and has two other musical projects, including the band Paint It Black. He's also getting married in June. "We have jobs and kids and other bands, so it's not realistic to do full-scale touring."
Instead, Yemin says, Lifetime focuses on short bursts, like the current 10-date trek that kicks off tomorrow (April 20) in Toronto. "We do it in a more limited, intense fashion," Yemin explains. "Like this April tour, we're covering 4,500 miles in 10 days. That's what we're capable of doing at this point, but we really feel like it's better than not doing it."
Yemin says that once Lifetime became an active concern again, there was no doubt it would do a new album. "That was just a natural outgrowth of deciding to do music again," he says. "If we were going to continue to play and be a real band, not a reunion band, we had to write and record new music. If you keep playing the old stuff and don't do anything new, you're reduced to the status of a cover band. That's where musicians go to die. It's not the kind of experience I want to have much to do with."
Lifetime is looking at another round of touring this year, probably a Northeast swing in August. The group also plans to play festivals in Portland, Ore., and in Canada, and Yemin, who will also be making a new album with Paint It Black in August, says it hopes to roll over to Japan and Australia during the current album cycle, too.