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The Good Life

Everybody's Coming Down

CD (w/ MP3) LBJ-221-2 (08/14/2015) $11.00 add to cart
LP (w/ MP3) LBJ-221-1 (08/14/2015)
Black vinyl with gatefold jacket. Includes download card.
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320 Kbps MP3 LBJ-221-3 (08/14/2015) $9.00 add to cart

Call it a soundtrack to Man’s 21st century existential angst, Everybody’s Coming Down 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, tuneful bass parts and colorful vocal arrangements, 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”).

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.

Individual Tracks

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1. 7 in the Morning preview » 0:32add to cart
2. Everybody preview » 3:42add to cart
3. The Troubadour's Green Room preview » 3:25add to cart
4. Holy Shit preview » 1:49add to cart
5. Flotsam Locked into a Groove preview » 4:09add to cart
6. Forever Coming Down preview » 2:35add to cart
7. Happy Hour preview » 1:40add to cart
8. Diving Bell preview » 4:08add to cart
9. Skeleton Song preview » 2:26add to cart
10. How Small We Are preview » 5:09add to cart
11. Ad Nausea preview » 3:35add to cart
12. Midnight Is Upon Us preview » 3:48add to cart

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