Weekend What's Up: The Good Life
By Allyson Bills
Vocalist-guitarist Tim Kasher never intended for Omaha, Nebraska’s The Good Life to be a full-fledged band; rather it was initially a solo project for him to work on music that didn’t musically fit into Cursive’s stylistic, post-hardcore hooks. The Good Life, named after the old state slogan of Nebraska, was created by Kasher in 2000, and released its first album the same year, Novena on a Nocturn, which is a folkier body of work than listeners were used to hearing in Cursive. Kasher and the ever-rotating line-up artists signed to Saddle Creek Records and went on to release three other albums, Black Out, Album of the Year, and Help Wanted Nights.
After a brief hiatus from their 2007 effort, Help Wanted Nights, and subsequent tour, Kasher reformed The Good Life earlier this year. The current lineup of Kasher, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Fox, bassist-vocalist Stefanie Drootin and drummer Roger Lewis released Everybody’s Coming Down, a more rock-and-roll flavored album embodying the band as a whole. However, Kasher’s earnest and tongue-in-cheek lyrics remain. In order to promote Everybody’s Coming Down, The Good Life is in the midst of a national tour, and will be making a stop in Phoenix for the first time in eight years. Tickets can be purchased here.