When influential New Jersey punk rockers Lifetime reunited in 2005, after eight years apart, there was no question the group would make another album. It just took a while to make the quintet’s self-titled new release actually happen.
“The decision to do another record came pretty quick,” says guitarist Dan Yemin, a U-M graduate who’s also a practicing psychologist in Philadelphia. “We were pretty adamant that if we were gonna be Lifetime again, if we were going to continue to play and be a real band, not a reunion band, we had to write and record new music.
“That was just a natural outgrowth of deciding to do music again. If you keep playing the old stuff and don’t do anything new, you’re reduced to the status of a cover band. That’s where musicians go to die. It’s not the kind of experience I want to have much to do with.”
Yemin, 38, says that Lifetime has regained its footing since reuniting, but it takes careful planning to bring the group together. Besides day jobs and families, all of the members have some other musical endeavor they’re involved in. So there’s now more latitude to, as Yemin puts it, “just jump in the van on a whim and spend months and months on the road.”
“We have jobs and kids and other bands, so it’s not realistic to do full-scale touring,” says Yemin, who’s getting married in June. “It’s pretty challenging to do it and find time when all five of us are capable of getting away.
“So we do it in a more limited, intense fashion — like this April tour, we’re covering 4,500 miles in 10 days. That’s what we’re capable of doing at this point, but we really feel like it’s better than not doing it.”
Lifetime and the Draft perform Saturday (April 21st) at the Hayloft Liquor Stand, 140 N. Main St., Mount Clemens. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (586) 468-1010 or visit www.hayloftliquorstand.com.
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