Lifehouse is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles
. Not to be confused with The Who
's music project of the same name. The band has released six albums:
- No Name Face (2000)
- Stanley Climbfall (2002)
- Lifehouse (2005)
- Who We Are (2007)
- Smoke & Mirrors (2010)
- Almerķa (2012)
Lifehouse provides examples of:
- Album Title Drop: Their self-titled album, No Name Face, and Almerķa are the only ones with no track that shares the name of the CD.
- Auto-Tune: Used on "Wrecking Ball" and "Here Tomorrow, Gone Today". Jason's used it in some live performances.
- Bald of Awesome: Rick Woolstenhulme, the drummer.
- Breakup Song: "Bridges", "Blind", and "Had Enough", among others
- Daddy Issues: Jason has them, and they crop up in his lyrical content from time to time. "Walking Away" from the self-titled album is a notable example.
- Driven to Suicide: The character in "The Joke."
- Dye Hard: Jason Wade's hair is naturally a brownish color, but he's very often seen as a blonde. Sometimes, in fact, it's a bit overdone.◊
- Epic Rocking: No Name Face has two six-minute Power Ballads: "Simon" and "Everything". The latter is their longest recorded song so far, and a fan favorite.
- Happily Married: Jason, since 2001.
- Lighter and Softer: Their self-titled album - probably in no small part due to the departure of one of their guitarists and their bassist.
- Also Almerķa, though its sound is much more diverse to make up for it.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "The Joke", a song about suicide, is up-tempo, bouncy, and downright jarring compared to the mellower material surrounding it on Who We Are.
- Mexican Standoff: The cover image on Almerķa. This is also an example of Spexico, because the cover depicts a scene from a spaghetti western even though the album is titled after a city in Spain. (But a justified example, because many spaghetti westerns have been filmed there.)
- New Sound Album: Smoke & Mirrors has a slightly harder edge than their other albums. Programmed drums and Auto-Tune are also used on a few tracks.
- Almerķa ditches the alternative rock sound almost entirely in favor of experimenting with country, blues, and classic rock influences.
- Non-Appearing Title: Several times:
- From No Name Face: "Quasimodo", "Simon"
- From Stanley Climbfall: "Stanley Climbfall", "Out of Breath", "My Precious"
- From Lifehouse: "Better Luck Next Time", "Chapter One"
- Not Christian Rock: As Jason Wade was brought up in a Christian missionary household, some of his lyrics - especially in Lifehouse's early work - contain reference to his faith. Not to mention Wade's quietly collaborated with artists in Christian Rock, such as Steven Curtis Chapman (Background vocals on All Things New) and Jeremy Camp (Co-wrote a song on the Beyond Measure album).
- One-Hit Wonder: They're still quite a popular band, but the one song that everyone knows is "Hanging By A Moment". "You And Me" had success but still isn't quite as known as the other song. Ditto with "First Time." "Hanging By A Moment" actually was their only hit for four years, though.
- Perishing Alt Rock Voice: Jason, especially in Lifehouse's early days - naturally resulting in:
- Perma Stubble: Has become Jason's default look.
- Silly Love Songs: A lot of their content.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Bassist Bryce Soderberg on "Wrecking Ball" from their Smoke and Mirrors album. He's also been known to take over lead vocals during live concerts sometimes so Jason can give his voice a break.
- Vocal Evolution: At the beginning of Lifehouse (circa No Name Face) Jason was fresh out of his teenage years and, like lots of post-grunge vocalists of the early 2000s, had a lot of Scott Stapp-isms in his vocal style. He's since grown out of it a bit.