It's Always Something
Are stories born from your midlife experiences different than those of your youth? Does graying hair bring with it a different insight? West Michigan band Mid-Life Crisis explores these questions and others with it's second full length album called "It's Always Something." Crafted over ten months at Mackinaw Harvest Music Studios in Grand Rapids, Michigan, MLC has woven 13 stories into a musical tapestry that presents a variety of styles and influences of the band's collective experiences. Partnering again with long time producer Michael Crittenden, MLC is very proud to present this collection of tales from the midlife. Learn more about Mid-Life Crisis and the album at: http://www.mlcband.com "It's Always Something" Mid-Life Crisis Song Biography 1. Blues, Soul & Rock-and-Roll - We all have different tastes in music, but MLC points out how we are all the same in this rocker. 2. Lucky - Relationships don't always get easier as we age, but Terry explores how lucky we feel when they work in this song. 3. The Grand Rapids Song - A tribute to our hometown, The Grand Rapids Song reminds us why we all love to come home to our cultural hub. 4. Something Blue - Simply put, this song is about a relationship that doesn't work very well anymore. 5. One More Dance - MLC has been playing this song live for months, and people seem to identify with it, seeming close and familiar with it at the same time. This true story about the loss of a loved one reminds us to never forget, and have no regrets. 6. Stages - You can't reach your midlife without realizing that life is just a series of stages, literally and figuratively. Influenced by the rockers of the 70's, including our favorites like Kansas, Westie shows how we approach it all with a rock and roll flair. 7. Forgotten Souls - Growing up in the 60's, the sting of the Vietnam War still is felt by MLC. Forgotten Souls is a tribute to those we lost, and those who still feel lost. 8. Chasing Fireflies - Chris's melody and Tara's singing remind us that keeping it easy is not always easy, but always important. 9. You - The musicians in MLC have roots in a lot of different styles of music. Kevin's bossa nova shows a jazzy side of MLC. 10. Heavenly Dreams - MLC grew up with the Beatles, and they say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Like Sgt. Peppers, we got carried away in the studio, including everything from a harpsichord to Doc bringing in a marching band drum section. This is our homage to the Beatles. 11. I Laid My Eyes On You - Featuring Tim on vocals, this guitar triumph is classic Greg Morris. 12. One Horse Town - One Horse Town was actually written in a fraternity house at Michigan State in the late 1970's. It took 30 years to finally record, but is still timeless. One Horse Town is also featured on the Standing Together 2009 Project for the Grand Rapids Public Schools. 13. Pick Up Lines - This song was born out of a night of laughter, when we were sitting around talking about bad pick up lines we used in college. The story just sort of wrote itself, and we recorded it with a party in the studio, the only way we could record Pick Up Lines! Make sure you listen to the ending to hear another Beatles-inspired moment. Reviews: Revue West Michigan Magazine - November 1, 2009 'Cover band it's not! Well, Mid-Life Crisis still does covers, but it has proven it can do originals just as well on the latest album' 'Blues, Soul and Rock & Roll,' the first track, sums up the album in one title.' 'Vocalist Tara McLaughlin goes from a purr to a growl on the song while she sings One thing in common, we all got it...Blues, soul and rock & roll.' WJRW Radio - The Tony Gates Show - October 9, 2009 - Tony Gates 'Really great record from Mid-Life Crisis' 'Can't wait for the CD release party' 'These are fantastic songs' WYGR-AM 1530 Radio - October 8, 2009 - Scott Richards ''It's Always Something' is another great effort from Mid-Life Crisis' ''Pick-Up Lines' is hilarious' ''The Grand Rapids Song' is such an instant classic that we've added it to our playlist' Recoil Magazine - October 3, 2009 - Ryan Cunningham 'Diverse and always moving collection of pop-rock / blues tunes ' 'Even and balanced record ' 'Improving on their last solid effort by leaps and bounds ' 'The songs feel vital and enjoy an inventiveness allowed by experience and confidence in taking risks' 'It sounds like an imaginary classic rock station' WLAV Radio - October 2, 2009 - Rob Brandt 'It is a wonderful CD ' 'Very well rounded' 'You'll want to check it out' 'I love Blues, Soul, Rock n Roll, it is memorable and has a great hook' 'I also love Stages' 'The Grand Rapids Song, how can you not love that' 'Great new effort' 'Great progression from the last album' ReviewYou.com - October 2, 2009 - Rhonda Readence 'Blues, Soul, Rock and Roll is a song with attitude and strength.' 'After listening to the opening track, I was hooked.' 'the lyrics are exceptionally well written' '(Stages is) The hard hitting, hard rocking, down home American classic rock song. ' '(You) is a snazzy little jazz number' 'The horns are well done...' 'Chasing Fireflies ... The trumpet adds the final indredient to this masterpiece' 'very well crafted' '...a pleasure to listen to...' 'they clearly enjoy making music together' 'I am anxiously looking forward to having my OWN mid-life crisis with the hope that I too will be able to produce something as well crafted and skilled as this.' Revue Magazine - October 2, 2009 - Juliet Bennett Rylah 'The Grand Rapids Song is a bluesy homage to the hometown' 'wide array of sounds and styles' 'light-hearted and sincere' 'sounds like C,S,N,Y, Doobie Brothers and Chicago' On-The-Town Magazine - October 1, 2009 - Herb Woerpel 'Grand Rapids best band and it's latest release, 'It's Always Something', proves exactly why' 'The band touches on a mulititude of musical genres' 'This release is sure to appease country, rock and adult contemporary fans alike' Grand Rapids Press - Local Spins- John Sinkevics 9/27/2009 'Brims with Blues, Soul, Rock and Roll ' 'Elements of country, prog-rock, and Beatles-influenced psychedelia' 'Smartly produced by Michael Crittendon ' 'Nicely meshing tender ballads and rockers ' Associated Content - Arts & Entertainment - Becky Whitemore 9/8/2009 'Vocal harmonies reminiscent of Crosby, Stills and Nash' 'Stylistically, Heavenly Dreams is a tip of the hat to the Beatles' 'Clever, easy-going musical meandering' 'Definitely worth adding to one's music collection' Becky Whitemore - Live Concert Review - Associated Content 8/29/2009 'Awesome' 'The ballads, Heavenly Dreams and One More Dance were wonderful; the former was reminiscent of the Beatles Lucy in the Sky, stylistically' 'Harmonies were spot on ' 'High energy ' 'Fantastic show by a well-seasoned band'