In June of 2010 The Good Life played a handful of shows, their first since supporting 2007’s Help Wanted Nights, and quietly walked away from the band that had been part of their lives for over a decade. The seven years since Help Wanted Nights has pulled the band (named after Nebraska’s state motto) all over the map, both physically and musically.
Frontman Tim Kasher moved cross country a few times, eventually landing in Chicago. He spent his time releasing two Cursive records, two solo records, and doing an almost endless amount of touring. Bassist Stefanie Drootin-Senseney moved to Los Angeles and formed the band Big Harp with her husband Chris. Drummer Roger L. Lewis was the lone Good Lifer who stayed in Omaha, playing and touring with his other bands Conduits and Oquoa. Guitarist Ryan Fox packed up for Portland and has spent his time working on solo material, recording and touring with label-mate Jake Bellows, and starting a tape label, Majestic Litter.
Despite everything that moved them in different directions, they were never really ready to call The Good Life over. Now, this August (almost exactly four years since the last time they played together) the Good Life will again take the stage for a handful of shows in California. They’ll be pulling from their full catalogue and bringing along Big Harp to open, making these shows more continuation than reunion.