In June of 2010 The Good Life played a handful of shows, their first since supporting 2007’s Help Wanted Nights, and quietly walked away from the band that had been part of their lives for over a decade. The seven years since Help Wanted Nights has pulled the band (named after Nebraska’s state motto) all over the map, both physically and musically.
Frontman Tim Kasher moved cross country a few times, eventually landing in Chicago. He spent his time releasing two Cursive records, two solo records, and doing an almost endless amount of touring. Bassist Stefanie Drootin-Senseney moved to Los Angeles and with husband Chris formed the band Big Harp and had two kids. Drummer Roger Lewis was the lone Good Lifer who stayed in Omaha, playing and touring with his other bands Conduits and Oquoa. Guitarist Ryan Fox packed up for Portland and has spent his time working on solo material, recording and touring with label-mate Jake Bellows, and starting his own tape label, Majestic Litter.
Despite everything that moved them in different directions, they were never really ready to call The Good Life over. This June (almost exactly four years since the last time they played together and almost seven years since their last release) the Good Life took the stage for a handful of shows in California — and also began work on a new album. More shows followed, including an appearance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park, and a short December tour was planned for the Midwest. More continuation than reunion, the band will reconvene in January 2015 at Omaha’s ARC Studios to record its 5th full-length album.