The first single off the new album, “Give Me A Song,” kicks in with a hummable riff, a thick groove, and an infectious chorus. Taft explains “Give Me a Song” is about the elation of finding the right girl after the disaster of being with the wrong girl!”
Simple Life out on September 6 journeys through a collection of twelve tracks infused with rock n’ roll riffs and sonic textures. The album title track espouses the benefits of unplugging. Written on a trip to the Bahamas “Simple Life” captures the essence of the record. “I was down in the Bahamas, and I thought, ‘Man, this is awesome’,” he recalls. “We get no reception unless we climb up on a hill, it felt nice. Managing your digital self and this accelerated news cycle can get to be too much. I’m a city dude. I love visiting and living in cities, but at some point, your mind has an allergic reaction and you need to decompress. That’s what this album is about.”
Elsewhere, the distorted swells of “Pouring Down” and “Shine” conjure signature spirits Seattle with a fresh fire. The latter might even be “the happiest grunge song ever,” he laughs. Everything concludes with an organic jam on “Back to You.” It examines, “where you fuck up your relationship and you want to get back to your happy place.”
On Simple Life, the question isn’t whether life’s glass is half-full or half-empty; the point is to drink it all in deeply. This is music that celebrates life’s triumphs despite its necessary pains and setbacks. These songs remind us we owe it to ourselves to keep it simple and fill our glass with love, laughs, and loud music.
“I’m enjoying the Simple Life right,” says Taft. “It’s probably my most honest record. I freed myself from all of those self-imposed structures and allowed the music to happen.”