With the group set to perform at Metro (tix) this coming Saturday, May 5th, Chicago pop punk outfit Real Friends have posted an outdoor acoustic version of their track “Floorboards.” The cut comes from the act’s Everyone That Dragged You Here EP. The band has also posted a video stream for the hooky “Cheap Talk and Eager Lies.” Download that cut below at the link above both videos, and catch Real Friends live at Metro on Saturday in support of The Lifeline, alongside The Action Blast and Comasoft.
Following this past week’s release of the band’s new album World War III, Madina Lake return home for a triumphant record release show tonight, Saturday, September 17th at Metro. Joining them on the bill is fellow hometown act The Lifeline, who just signed with Jeff Battaglia Management, also home to Chicago metal giants Disturbed. In advance of the show tonight, check out a clip examining the behind the scenes creation of World War III, followed by a series of videos discussing songs from the album, and a Backstage Chicago production featuring The Lifeline performing “Romeo and Juliet” at Bottom Lounge, all below.
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-On a related note, Buzznet has posted an interview between Mat Devine and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. Find out what the two Chicago artists talked about here.
-And finally, Columbia College Chicago label Aemmp Records has a new web home. Follow along with them on Tumblr, and look for more on Aemmp this week, right here at CVU!
For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. Today: The Lifeline!
Dynamic orchestral-fused rock act The Lifeline is no stranger to grand statements, as anyone who’s seen the group live can attest. With sweeping song structures and live violin work courtesy of the band’s Rebecca Faber, The Lifeline is a band that leaves an impression, if not a mark. Now, with today’s release of the band’s latest full length production, Reflections Of Hope, The Lifeline may have made its boldest statement yet. With symphonic spirit backing thunderous modern rock productions led by frontman Ryan Hope’s commanding vocal presence, it’s clear neither The Lifeline nor their latest effort are meant to be taken lightly. Speaking to CVU about the effort, Hope expands upon the experience of and intent in making Reflections Of Hope.
“We began writing the material for this record almost two years ago. In that time we have gone through so many changes both sonically and dynamically within the band, that the final product has really turned out to be something that we could have never predicted. Sure you are still going to hear the things that you know and love about The Lifeline, but with much more depth and sincerity.”
“Rebecca and I started this record by brainstorming some of the things that we felt brought us to where we are now as a band and as people,” the singer continues. “Reflections of Hope is intended to be not only a story about that journey but about the journey’s that others are experiencing in whatever stage they are at in their lives. As corny as it may sound, we aim to give people hope, and in a world where most people wouldn’t stop to piss on you if you were on fire, it’s important for us to address the issues that we address. I think that this is one thing that will never change from album to album with The Lifeline.”
“To us, growth is so important,” Hope emphasizes, before adding “I think as an artist if you are not growing in these ways from album to album then you need to reevaluate your processes.”
The tracklist for the record is as follows below.
The Lifeline – Reflections Of Hope
1. Why So Serious?
2. Forgive, but don’t Forget
3. Push and Pull
4. Wherever you go, there you are
5. Indivi (duality)
7. Never Enough
8. The Alchemist (Stay with me)
9. Crashing Waves
10. Romeo and Juliet
11. Rebuild Reality
12. Reflections of Hope
13. The Ending
The band headlines Metro tonight for the Reflections Of Hope record release show. Check out Faber and Hope’s interview below from this past Sunday’s Local 101 on Q101 with Chris Payne in support of the event.
The Lifeline ask “Why So Serious” with an exclusive new song of the same name, this Sunday on Local 101!
This Sunday on Q101′s Local 101: Munroe come up in advance of the group’s record release show Saturday, Jan. 16th at House Of Blues. Also on that bill and on Local 101, The Lifeline, who world-premiere an exclusive new track!
Also on Local 101 this Sunday, Skybox, promoting its performance as part of the Tomorrow Never Knows festival happening this month at Schuba’s. Plus: A Kidnap In Color stop by prior to the group’s headlining slot on Jan. 16th at Metro.
Local 101 is hosted by Chris Payne and produced/booked by Jaime Black, and airs every Sunday night at 9pm on Chicago’s Alternative, Q101. Local 101 streams live Sunday nights at 9 at Q101.com, and can be found online at MySpace and Twitter.