"And the world keeps spinning round/ My world's upside down, and I wouldn't change a thing," sings Lifehouse frontman Jason Wade on "Spin," the first radio track off the band's second album, Stanley Climbfall (set for release Sept. 17, 2002, on DreamWorks Records).
The 22-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist, who has been making music since his early teens, may well be describing the exhilarating journey Lifehouse has traveled since the release of its debut album, No Name Face. That disc, which rose to #6 on the Billboard 200 album chart, achieved double-platinum status, largely on the strength of the cut "Hanging By A Moment," which hit #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and #2 on the Hot 100 and was the most-played radio song of 2001, according to Broadcast Data Services.
If Lifehouse's debut album focused on the frustrations, desires and hopes that have long fueled Jason's work, the new record (overseen by No Name Face producer Ron Aniello and mixer Brendan O'Brien) represents the trio's coming of age. Songs like "Spin" and "Anchor" push the sonic envelope with a confidence only success can prompt, and the affecting guitar-bass-drums rock heard on the previous record has been honed to an even finer edge.
"It's a very physical record," Jason explains. "It's about moving forward. No Name Face was about accepting the place where you are and trying to figure out how to get beyond that, but not really knowing how. This one is more like, 'I know how to do this, so I'm just continuing to go forward, take the good with the bad and keep moving.'"