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          Lifehouse to open for Daughtry at Wolstein Center; bassist speaks

          John Eldridge

          Issue date: 3/26/10 Section: Focus
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          Lifehouse bassist Bryce Soderberg (second from left) feels confident about touring behind their new hit record, Smoke and Mirrors, which features singles
          Lifehouse bassist Bryce Soderberg (second from left) feels confident about touring behind their new hit record, Smoke and Mirrors, which features singles "Halfway Gone" and "From Where You Are."
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          On April 1, popular rock group Lifehouse will perform at the Wolstein Pavilion and Banquet Center as a part of their recent tour with the band Daughtry.

          Perhaps best known for some of their Top 40 hits including "You and Me," "First Time," and "Whatever it Takes," Lifehouse has been big on the pop/rock scene ever since 2001, when they beat out Janet Jackson and Alicia Keys to win a Billboard Music Award for #1 Single of the Year with "Hanging By a Moment," off of their debut album, No Name Face.  In the following years, they've released three additional albums and to date, they have sold more than 15 million singles and albums worldwide.

          When the group came off the road in 2008 after spending three years supporting Who We Are, they were "on a post-tour high and urgently wanted to bring that visceral live energy to the next album," according to bassist Bryce Soderberg.  Lifehouse recently spent a year and a half recording upwards of thirty-five tracks, twelve of which would eventually be selected to make up their latest record, Smoke & Mirrors.

          The title is reflected in the fusion of styles and personalities represented in the album's various tracks.  Soderberg said in a recent interview, "We wanted to raise the bar and explore with different influences and sounds."  Lifehouse has been known for their combination of intense rock style with highly refined songwriting and producing, a distinction that is especially apparent in their latest work.

          "We started recording a bunch of organic rock tracks, and halfway through the record realized that we were missing the one piece that got us a lot of our lifelong fans," Soderberg said.  "We didn't want to neglect the radio aspect of the band.  So we started getting back to more polished record-making, and those two sides fit in with the name of the album, Smoke & Mirrors."
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