The Life and Times is the musical love-child of guitarist/voice Allen Epley, drummer Chris Metcalf and bassist Eric Abert, three wily indie-rock vets of the Kansas City and St Louis scenes with their respective bands Shiner, Stella Link and Ring, Cicada. Their mission was to create sounds that moved them; the type of music that sounds like the sky is opening and the earth is moving to a big beat. Through 5 albums, 15 years and countless tours with bands like The Besnard Lakes, This Will Destroy You, Pelican, Mono, Russian Circles, Appleseed Cast, UME, Nueva Vulcano, Spotlights, The Get Up Kids and lots more, it’s always been apparent that this band belongs to no certain genre or sound specifically but instead uses the constant of change to chart it’s course. The sound is at once grand and sweeping then immediate and literal. A voice, guitar, bass and drum-set can bet a lot of different things. This trio continues to try on new hats and expand its dense and diverse sound as they prepare for their 6th full length album, due in 2020.