What started as a solo project quickly grew into a band with its own identity.
Fans of the indie-infused The Good Life will likely know that already, but then they also know what newcomers to the band’s oeuvre will just as quickly discover when they play St. Paul’s Turf Club next Tuesday: To stay alive in the business, it’s all about change.
Front man Tim Kasher may have begun the group to flex material muscles that didn’t quite fit in with Cursive, a band he also co-founded and performs with, but it’s grown and morphed, and even gone on hiatus, along with him and its core members. And, befitting its origins, The Good Life has never stayed remained stylistically inert.
They might jerk every possible tear out of listeners’ ducts with tracks on an album like 2004’s “Album of the Year,” but their newest LP (the first in eight years), “Everybody’s Coming Down,” shows the group entering into a more pronounced rock sound.
It’s also, according to press notes, about navigating the world we find ourselves traveling through. Or, more, precisely, a very modern-day meditation on our sometimes querulous existence.
“Call it a soundtrack to Man’s 21st century existential angst,” The Good Life’s website proclaim’s of its newest offering, “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.”
If, even the band admits, their music can’t quite crack the “ever-elusive code to our universal wonderings,” then it at least takes a crack at it.
Along with Kasher, The Good Life features the talents of Stefanie Drootin, Roger Lewis, and Ryan Fox, and they present as good a case as any that the more you change, the greater chance you have for survival. It’s a tough business, and a tough life, out there, but Kasher and company make you want to believe that, sometimes, it can be something close to good.