Friday, February 15, 2013

Lifehouse to perform Saturday in Indio, Calif.

Lifehouse will perform Saturday at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival in Indio, Calif.

The LA pop/rock band, together since the late ‘90s, is best known for the singles “Hanging by a Moment” and “You & Me,” both of which reached the top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.  

This past December, the foursome led by Jason Wade put out its sixth album. Produced by longtime collaborator Jude Cole, Almeria is somewhat of a musical departure.

Opening track “Gotta Be Tonight” boasts a swampy, blues/rock feel, “Move On Day” is a seething rocker that should find favor on alt-rock radio and “Slow Motion” features psychedelic sounds. British vocalist Natasha Bedingfield guests during the ethereal pop of first single “Between the Raindrops,” while Peter Frampton (!) sings on bluesy, organ-drenched stomper “Right Back Home.”

"We just felt like some sounds needed to evolve,” said Wade. “We knew we had to shake things up creatively and go back to the drawing board, try something new. It was a liberating experience; I feel like we can take all our different musical influences and they can kind of coalesce together and live in the same space without any rules or guidelines. This album was just very in-the-moment, or should I say letting moments happen instead of forcing something and trying to manipulate it."

The picturesque Spanish town of Almería rests on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and was the location for the filming of many of the classic spaghetti westerns filmed in the mid 1960’s. The studio at Box Canyon, CA where Lifehouse recorded Almería had a similar arid landscape.

8 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion, Riverside County Fairgrounds, 82-503 Hwy 111, Indio, adults (age 13 - 54) $9.

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