Help Wanted Nights
Contrary to popular belief, The Good Life is not just Tim Kasher's side project from Cursive.
"I read somewhere that people thought Tim wrote all of the music and lyrics to our songs. I don't know where that came from," said Stefanie Drootin, bassist for the band. "Tim writes the lyrics, but [the rest of us] write the music and we all arrange it together."
Started in 2000 by lead singer and guitarist Kasher, The Good Life came together from various bands and locations. Kasher and Drootin migrated to Omaha, Neb., with drummer Roger Lewis and fellow guitarist and keyboardist Ryan Fox. The band's label, Saddle Creek Records, is based in Omaha.
The Good Life has released six albums and EPs over the years, but the first to gain critical acclaim was Album Of The Year, where each song refers to every month of a couple's yearlong relationship. They break up in the ninth track, and the last three speak of how the woman moves on but the man mourns and misses her.
"(That album) was Tim's concept; he has a whole vision, always … he knows what he wants to do, artwork and everything … but we all make decisions together in the end," Drootin said.
The band's newest album, Help Wanted Nights, was released Sept. 11, and coincides with a screenplay Tim wrote with the same name. It is about a man whose car breaks down and how he interacts with the locals in a small town bar.
"We have become very comfortable with our sound and what each person brought to it," Drootin said. "That's why we can do such a stripped-down sound with our new album; it has a live [feel to it].
"Most recently, the band made a video for the song "Heartbroke" off its latest release, and kicked off its latest tour in promotion of the album Wednesday night in Missouri.
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LP / CD / Deluxe CD / MP3