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  • Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. The Life and Times' Allen Epley

    Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:42:35

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. The Life and Times' Allen Epley - Get to know 'em

    Today we Take Aim with Allen Epley, the vocalist and guitarist of The Life and Times. Trust us – he is rad, so is his band and you will want to know him more intimately, thanks to this Take Aim. Lost Bees is TLAT's new release. [iTunes link]

    Twitter-size your bio -- your choice of 140 words or characters, if you want to get technical-- and tell us everything we need to know! GO!

    TLAT is a band of 3 post-rock vets tied to ideals forged in the fires of outer space, Manchester and Kansas City MO. Noise vs melody vs chaos vs structure vs song vs space vs math vs rump shaking beats.

    If you were not doing music, you would be…

    …Flipping houses.

    Any non-music hobbies, talents or skills?

    I am a 'mixologist' and regular contributor to the cocktail program at a Michelin Star-rated gastropub/whiskey bar/hotel called Longman and Eagle located in Chicago. I'm also the coach of my sons' flag football team.

    Pick ONE song one your record and share a writing or recording story. Something intimate, that you haven't told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that which puts us in the moment with you. Let's get intimate, shall we?

    'God Only Knows,' the last song on the record, went through several versions before arriving at its final state. The earlier incarnations were just stale and rote sounding; there was no urgency. Nothing spoke to me about what the song was supposed to be about, which is how it usually happens for me. I'll know what the theme is lyrically after the music speaks to me for a while. but nothing happened.

    We liked the arrangement and tones. But it was so flaccid sounding to me that I was literally just floundering on it. Then I started to reference some of my old loves. like the first Smashing Pumpkins record called Gish. 'Window Pane' was the song that told me how this should be presented; high on dynamics and intimacy and then unleash all hell. So we used that template to kind of start over with the arrangement and instrumentation. After it's rebirth that way, the lyrics and melody just flowed right out without hesitation. It was so clear.

    Finish this sentence: The Life and Times is the artist that…

    ...prefers cheap domestic beers, enjoys time with each other traveling in the van, and is always trying to push forward in the hopes of blowing somebody's mind right out of this world.

    Will you rock with The Life and Times?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    09.15.14



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