Wilkes-Barre hard rockers Lifer release new single ‘Hate Me, Love Me’ from long-awaited EP
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After an 18-year hiatus, the hard rock band Wilkes-Barre Lifer Fans surprised last year when they re-emerged with three new songs that even singer Nick Coyle called a “surreal experience.”
Now, the newly reunited group are back with a fourth track that will be part of an upcoming five-song EP, solidifying their long-awaited resurrection that began with local reunion concerts in 2018 and 2019.
Described by guitarist Aaron Fink as a “modern hard rock song that blends the old school sounds we grew up with with a modern approach,” the single deviates slightly from the nu metal music for which the band is based. became known in the early 2000s, but still embodies their characteristic heavy and melodic sound.
“I think the group has come a long way in the last 20 years,” said Fink.
“We’re all better at what we do now, and we’ve come a long way while keeping the emotion and energy of our songs from the past.”
This development can be attributed to both Fink’s and Coyle’s experience – performing together and separately with some of the biggest bands in the industry. In fact, during Lifer’s hiatus from the early to mid-2000s, Fink joined the platinum-selling rock band. Break Benjamin (2002-2010) then Earshot, who sells gold (present), while Coyle spent his tenure with his famous indie rock band Drama club before joining the gold rockers Cold (2017-present).
After Lifer’s return in 2018, they added a new member, bassist Mike Morgan (The Drama Club, Pan.a.ce.a), and Tony Kruszka, originally Lifer’s DJ, moved on to the battery, helping to diversify the group. sound and leading many to tout the range as the strongest to date. Kruszka and Morgan are featured on all of Lifer’s new material, including “The start of something else” (which premiered on the NEPA scene in March 2020) “Born again”, and “Lightning in a bottle.” All of them were written, recorded and published during the pandemic between online collaborations with past and present members of Filter, Crobot, Candlebox, Black Label Society, Black Star Riders and other national artists.
“We are still writing and recording. We released a few new songs last year, and we’ve been working on new music since the absence of concerts, ”Coyle noted.
“It’s time to let people hear what we have done.”
Lifer’s upcoming EP will be their first studio release since their eponymous debut album, produced by Alex Lifeson of Rush through the big label Universal Music / Republic Records in 2001.
With notable tracks like “Boring”, “Not Like You” and “Ugly”, the band were invited to contribute with their single “Breathless” to the RIAA certified gold medal. “The Scorpion King” soundtrack. Prior to signing their recording contract, they gained national fame by winning the “MTV’s Ultimate Cover Band” competition in 2000 under their old name, Strangers with Candy.
Lifer will perform these songs and many more at their first gig in over a year on Friday, June 18 at 8 p.m. at the Cafe River Street Jazz (667 N. River St., Plains) with alternative rock band Scranton University Drive. Tickets, which cost $ 12 up front or $ 15 at the door, are on sale now at liferband.com.
See the NEPA Scene review and photos from Lifer’s 2018 reunion show here, photos from their 2019 shoot at the FM Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre here, and watch Episode 76 of the NEPA Scene podcast, where Coyle and Fink discuss their training and early relationships with Breaking Benjamin, the booming local music scene at the time, their big break on MTV, Lifer’s breakup and later reformation as Stardog Champion, revisiting the Lifer’s music all these years later, and more, below:
photo by Photography Amy Bezek