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Thursday, March 12, 2015

LifeWithout's Debut Album Uncertain Circles: Listen Now

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 6:00 AM

LifeWithout releases its new CD this Saturday at the Owl's Club in Alton, Illinois. - PHOTO BY MICHAEL-REX CARBONELL

While most punk bands have hung up their collective axe, never to grind on current events or politics again, LifeWithout raises a defiant fist with deeply personal songs. The Alton-based band could be described as "emo," but the guitar comes addled with the sort of fuzz and delay one might expect to hear in spaced-out shoegaze. It's in that noisy approach that LifeWithout shines, especially on its debut album Uncertain Circles, now available in digital and CD formats.

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"I try to make something that is personal to me, but relatable to you," says vocalist Randy Kinnikin, who starts off the new record speaking candidly on self doubt. "My vocals come directly from my roots being a pissed-off emo kid. I try to let the dynamic flow with the song and hit the right spots at the most aesthetically pleasing time," he adds.

LifeWithout formed early last year and recorded Uncertain Circles only a few months later. The band opted to take a raw approach, eschewing any heavy-handed studio magic like additional instruments or extra overdubs. Tracked at Bird Cloud Recordings last summer, the album feels more like a proper live show, minus the rough edges.

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"The title was this theme of whether or not anyone would care about our art and where it would fit in. We tried to express themes of frustration, personal growth, progression, self-doubt and general lack of content. These are the things we feel and tried to communicate, although, we strive to leave it open-ended," Kinnikin says.

Although the album was made available for digital download back in January, LifeWithout is celebrating the release of a proper CD this Saturday at the Owl's Club in Alton, Illinois. The line-up reads like a primer on local post-hardcore and emo: Lobby Boxer, Einsam, Mariner, Jr. Clooney, Krelboyne and Loses The Mighty all join LifeWithout for a mini-fest of inventive music with an emphasis on energy and intensity.

Read on for more with LifeWithout as we ask the band to "fill in the blank."

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