Saturday, 22 April 2017

My Life Is On the Line


How often, dear reader, have you opened a post of your own with the phrase 'I don't know very much about this lot, but....', or words to that effect? I know that I have, more than once. Today though, I give you My Life Is On the Line, a band that I genuinely know nothing about. Their music came to my attention back in the early noughties, during a period when I would get my kicks hanging out on various disreputable file sharing sites. In addition to having a virtually un-Googleable moniker, the band achieved an enhanced level of anonymity by neglecting to title their songs, merely numbering them...non-sequentially. The noise they make is vaguely post-rock in nature, bolstered by a Mark Eitzel soundalike up front. I have 10 songs by My Life Is On the Line nestling in a dark corner of my hard-drive and one more is available on YouTube (here), where, as of this writing, it has accrued a total of 23 views since it was posted....four years ago! At least ten of those are me, so we're obviously talking a band that's well under the radar here. If anyone out there knows of more recordings by My Life Is On the Line, or can furnish me with any information at all about them, I'd be very grateful.

My Life Is On the Line - Untitled 02 

My Life Is On the Line - Untitled Unnumbered

8 comments:

FurryBootsCityBoy said...

That Youtube video sounds like Beatles circa "Eleanor Rigby" time with a really rough vocal from Ringo. But maybe that's just me...

Walter said...

This is new to me but very good. Thank you Swede. I think I should also grab in the dark corners of my external hard drive to find some nuggets I almost forgot.

Rol said...

Never heard of them, but I like what I hear. Can't say I go with the whole "not giving our songs titles" though: smacks of pretention, like calling your band !!! or something equally daft.

Eric Gilliland said...

Thanks for sharing. I like these songs. Sort of a Velvet Underground/Arcade Fire vibe?

Brian said...

I'll add the Divine Comedy to the list of inspirations. Too good to be so unknown but nice to be in on the secret now. Thanks.

Brian said...

Then again, the timeline might not work for that suggestion. Similar sound though...

Singing Bear said...

How odd to seemingly undermine one's chances of success by avoiding song titles. Bit wanky, really. Which is a shame because these are really rather nifty tunes. Go along with the Divine Comedy comparison. Nice voice.

The Swede said...

Curses. I was hoping someone out there would be able to shine a light on these guys. The search continues.

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