New Jersey’s best dancers, the brilliant LIFETIME are reuniting for a US tour and new album. The new record, I’m Sick Of You Ripping Off Our Riffs LP/CD (JT0401) will be released on October 30.

The LIFETIME line-up remains the same as it was on their last record, Jersey’s Best Dancers LP/CD (JT1034), with the exception of guitarist Dan Yemin, who refused to participate. “I’ve got better things to do than rehash a bunch of old memories.” commented Dr. Dan, whose new band, PAINT IT BLACK, will be releasing a record CVA LP/CD (JT080) on July 29. Dan’s replacement is rumored to be Norm Arenas from nineties legends TEXAS IS THE REASON and more recently NEW END ORIGINAL.

Jade Tree will post more information as it becomes available.

Please consult the LIFETIME for current dates.

Lifetime [I]Jersey’s Best Dancers[/I] Review

After the release of this album in 1997, Lifetime broke up. Fans were saddened, but the band left them with this great piece of music. What can I say? From start to finish, Jersey’s Best Dancers is a punk masterpiece, and a brilliant way for Lifetime to say goodbye to the music world.

Lifetime was always known for the high amount of lyrical emotion, amazing riffs, vocals, and most of all, a great live show. All that energy is displayed on this disc, in just about twenty five minutes. There are so many amazing things to describe this band, but it’s just hard to put it.

After listening to Jersey’s Best Dancers, you will definitely have lyrics and memorable parts stuck in your mind for days. If you pick this up, I have a feeling it won’t be leaving your player for a while.

I have many regrets, not seeing Lifetime live is one of them. If you had the chance, consider yourself lucky. I can only imagine the high energy packed into a Lifetime show. It had to have been amazing.

Every band progreses. With their debut release, The Background, potential was shown, but the whole package wasn’t there yet. After finding a permanent line up, Hello Bastards was released. It blew the scene away. With Jersey’s Best Dancers, Lifetime displays itself at its very best.

Ari Katz is one of the most under-rated punk vocalists of all time. The depth in his voice is amazing. The guitar work on this album by Dan Yemin and Pete Martin is great, as is the bass work by Dave Palaitis. Scott Golley is kicking on the drums.

The songs are short, but it doesn’t even matter. Each is amazing in its own way. Songs like Turpike Gates, Theme Song For A New Brunswick Basement Show, and How We Are, are just a few of my favorites. Ari took simple situations like loneliness, and basement shows and created incredible lyrics. Again, I just can’t describe the amount of emotion that this band displayed.

New Jersey has brought out some of the most memorable punk bands. Lifetime is somewhere at the top of that list. The scene there is just amazing.

Lifetime had such a strong impact on the scene. They influenced so many listeners, and musicians over the years. This will continue as more and more kids pick up a Lifetime release and give it a chance.

Should you buy this? If you’d like to think you have good taste in the scene, absolutely. It should be a staple in your collection. Jersey’s Best Dancers is a classic, but sadfully, it will never get the recognition it deserves.

Could we be saved by intentions and hopes
because I’m not alright
the night seems to swallow me whole and spits out second guessing

Lifetime [I]Hello Bastards[/I] Review

Talk about ahead of your time. Lifetime released this powerful little gem before Saves the Day had their driver’s licence. What do ya know, Lifetime breaks up, move on to other things, and some little snots proceed to swipe their sound and hit it big. Enough of that, now to the album.

Plain and simple, punk doesn’t get much better. Every song has at least one amazing moment, and for most of them, the amazing moment lasts all 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Headbashing speeds that often slow down to poppier rock songs, then as quickly as they changed first, it’s back to the ranting and rockin’. It’s all here. Tempo changes to keep you in tune at all times, heartfelt lyrics, a unique, powerful voice, and some very catchy hooks. "Anchor","It’s not Funny Anymore", "Irony is for Suckers", "Ostricized",well, I’m not gonna name them all, but you get the idea.This band, along with Jawbreaker, has helped change the face of punk rock. It breaks my hardcore heart to know that neither are around anymore. Before you camp out in line for Saves the Day’s new album, buy "Hello Bastards".

Lifetime [I]Boys No Good 7"[/I] Review

For those of you who are addicted to buying seven inch records, you cant go wrong with this one. It was released a few months before Lifetime put out their second album, Jersey’s Best Dancers. The a-side ,Boys no Good, comes from JBD, and is a rockin’ sing along. It’s a shining example of what Jersey’s Best Dancers sounds like. The B-side, Somewhere in the Swamps of New Jersey, is not available anywhere but on this release,(to my knowledge anyway) and is reason enough to buy this 7”. So melodic, so loud, and so punk. If you want to hear what you’ve been missing, this single is a perfect place to start. Once you hear Lifetime’s unique sound, you’re sure to get hooked like I did.