NMM: Lifehouse

Photo: Chris White
Lifehouse is back after a two year hiatus - and better than ever.

The band is set to release its seventh album, Out of the Wasteland, on May 26. Lifehouse found great success with "Hanging by a Moment," off its debut album in 2001, which was No.1 for three weeks on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 100. The band has sold more than 15 million records worldwide and is noted for other hits such as "You and Me," "First Time" and "Whatever It Takes."

Lifehouse hails from Los Angeles, Calif. and is comprised of Jason Wade (lead vocals, guitar), Bryce Soderberg (Bass, vocals) and Rick Woolstenhulme, Jr. (percussion). According to Daniel Wolfe of About Entertainment, Wade began writing songs to cope with his parents divorce. Wade met Sergio Andrade when he moved to California and the duo got together with Jon "Diff" Palmer to form Blyss, a precursor to Lifehouse. Collin Hayden and Aaron Lord were added to the band later. Producers got word of Blyss, one thing led to the next and the band was in the studio recording its first album under the new name Lifehouse. Palmer left the band before its debut release, leaving Wade and Andrade. Shortly after, Woolstenhulme auditioned and became Lifehouse's percussionist. In 2004, Andrade left the band to pursue other projects and Soderberg joined in September, 2004 as its bassist.

I saw Lifehouse perform in 2007 at the NBC 17 Tree of Lights at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham. The band's forthcoming album is already sounding great - reminiscent of the early days of Lifehouse. One song in particular, "Flight," is beautiful. Wade said in an interview with PopCrush that he was in the studio trying to write some new tunes. He was just about to call it quits for the day when he sat at the piano and, in a moment, began playing and writing "Flight." It's pretty cool when those moments happen.

Have a listen to "Flight" in the video below - the lyric video is just as cool as the song itself - and make sure to grab Out of the Wasteland on iTunes or wherever you get your music!