Let me start by saying, I’ve been jamming along to Life On Hold for the past 5, almost 6 years. In 2010 Infectious Magazine had the pleasure of booking our first ever show with some of our favorite bands.
When putting together our ideal lineup it was an instant recognition that it was not to be complete without the addition of indie rock outfit, Life On Hold. That same mindset has held steady throughout their career. No playlist, no show consideration, no weekly rotation of our favorite tracks, has ever been complete without Life On Hold.
Fast-forward to 2012, and the announcement of the band’s latest and final album release. Upon hearing this, nostalgia hit. Hard. But I’ll tell you one thing. If Life on Hold had to go out, this was the way to do it.
Par for the course, Ally Mahoney and Nate Wan’s vocals blend beautifully, harmonizing brilliantly with one another, each note proving their range, talent and exceptional vocal chemistry. There is a strong desire to compare and contrast with the similar vocal styling’s of We Are The in Crowd, but truth be told, there is no comparing Life On Hold. They are one of a kind.
“Sandusky, OH” kicks things off as perhaps one of my favorite tracks, as it is without a doubt one of the most honest, heartfelt tracks I’ve heard. It is a powerful, promising way to start things off. However, it isn’t long before “Tour Dates and Sound Waves” follows suit, commanding attention from the listener through strong vocals and profound instrumentals. “Circle In The Water” kicks it up a notch with an incredible build up to the equally striking “White Flame.”
Throughout the album, one thing is certain. This band oozes passion. There is a distinct difference between the albums and songs of those who practice music because they love it, and those who practice it because they can’t not. Life On Hold describes not only the former, but also the latter.
They may be parting ways as the Life On Hold we know and love, but I can promise you, your playlist rotations won’t stop. Their music can’t be duplicated. Their passion and intensity will never be matched and their music will continue on well throughout the next five years.