15 years after their first album, Lifehouse finds fans in an unlikely spot
By CHELSEA HUANG
Does the name Lifehouse ring a bell?
Even if it only sounds a tad familiar, you would probably still remember their huge early 2000s hits "You and Me" and "Hanging By A Moment." As two of the most-played radio songs of their time, the tunes have maintained serious staying power on FM channels around the country ... and beyond.
Fifteen years after their debut major label release of "No Name Face," the group comprised Jason Wade, Bryce Soderberg and Rick Woolstenhulme, Jr. has found a huge following abroad.
"Social media platforms have been really huge -- finding out that we have a huge fan base in Brazil, and we had no idea," Soderberg told AOL at the Live Nation National Concert Day with Malibu Rum. "Records aren't selling the way that they used to be but theres all sorts of new audiences that are coming through."
The group, which is no longer signed to major label, is leveraging this to their advantage. In addition to desperately wanting to perform in Brazil for their fans, Lifehouse recently performed their biggest stadium show ever -- in the Philippines.
After a healthy hiatus, the band is back at it, embracing their nostalgic Top 40 hits, but pushing forward with their seventh album with a newer sound.
"It's kind of a conglomerate of all of our last six albums. It's got a little bit of flavor from each one. A lot of old-school Lifehouse mixed with our growth and where we're at now," Soderberg said.
"I don't think any artist wants to be put in a box. So to get outside the rock pop genre people have put us in over the past 15 years and to do something more cinematic and atmospheric was really the highlight for me," Wade added.
"Out of the Wasteland," which will be released on May 26, marks a rebirth for the independent band, which no longer has the "big machine" pushing them.
"It's a lot of work but its so gratifying knowing that you're doing it on a grassroots level," Wade said.
Despite the larger workload that comes with a smaller budget, like driving around in a minivan for a month and a half radio promotion, the group has no plans on slowing down.
"Right now we're in such a good musical head space where things are inspiring us and making us want to go play songs live. As long as we keep that innocence and preserve that spark, we're gong to be doing this for a long time," Wade said.
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