While it may seem impossible to gauge just how influential Lifetime has been on the punk, emo and hardcore bands that have since followed, the band's string of sold-out Philadelphia reunion shows last year is at the very least an indication of the impact they've had on today's twentysomethings. The key members of Lifetime remained active during the band's now-defunct disbandment, still releasing records on longtime label Jade Tree. Singer/screamer Ari Katz and other members founded the synth-tinged oddball outfit Zero Zero, which didn't take long to fizzle out. Meanwhile, guitarist Dan Yemin found steadier work in bands such as the equally short-lived Kid Dynamite, Paint It Black and the newly formed Armalite, a super-group fronted by Adam Goren of Atom & His Package fame.
In March, fans will receive one more treat in addition to Lifetime's dream-come-true reunion tour: Jade Tree's Somewhere in the Swamps of Jersey is set to reissue the band's out-of-print double-disc debut EP alongside a slew of singles, demos and comp appearances. And for the anal-retentive punk archivist in all of us, the rerelease even comes with a 52-page book of lyrics, liner notes and photos.
Opening for Lifetime is yet another strong Philly-area punk band, the Loved Ones, who parlayed a brutally catchy Jade Tree EP into a nationwide tour supporting the Bouncing Souls and a deal with Fat Wreck Chords. Not bad for a band that's so hooky and melodic you'd be tempted to call them straight-up indie rock—if it weren't for all the shouting and chugging chords, that is.
LIFETIME, THE LOVED ONES, AND LOOK BACK AND LAUGH PERFORM AT CHAIN REACTION, 1652 W. LINCOLN AVE., ANAHEIM, (714) 635-6067. SAT., 7:30 P.M. SOLD OUT. ALL AGES.