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My Life in Black and White

A cover of the Ramones classic, as featured on the European release of our latest album "Columbia".

This track, as well as another bonus track "Marching Orders", is available on the European release of our 2014 album "Columbia", from Gunnar Records:

http://gunnerrecords.com/index.php/releases/my-life-in-black-and-white-columbia/

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Columbia

My Life in Black and White

The new album from Portland, OR punk rockers My Life in Black and White.

After the success of the band's 2008 record "Hold The Line" and subsequent touring, lineup changes led to an indefinite hiatus in 2010. In the summer of 2013, the band reunited, bringing in new members, and began writing. "It wasn't so much a casual choice to start playing again", says singer/songwriter Dylan Summers, "as it was a need. After hitting it so hard for so long, we were all burnt out and absolutely needed a break. But at the end of the day we realized we weren't done, and needed to keep going. We just had more to say."

"Columbia" finds the band viewing a very different landscape than the one that existed when they started. Friends have signed with legitimate music labels, and others have decided that music was fun, but not worth it in their thirties. Members of the band, including Summers, became fathers. These transitions, triumphs, and failures are touched on throughout "Columbia" with a raw honesty that is striking. Line by line and song by song, Summers weaves a story of disappointment and regret, but one where hope just might be around the corner.

As the chorus from "Smile and Say Goodbye", the closing track on "Colombia" so aptly states: "We're tired, we're bleeding, we're barely alive, we've seen the light. The cause is the cure but we press on, we've seen the light!" The song channels the E-Street band, with harmonized "sha na na na's" punctuating the chorus and sending the listener into a gospel-via-punk furvor. But beyond the sonic prowess, the song expresses "Columbia" perfectly- borders and challenges can be ends or beginnings; it's up to you what you make of them.

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Hold the Line

My Life in Black and White

Fury filled Folk/Punk from Portland, OR.

Hailing from the rain soaked streets of Portland Oregon, My Life In Black And White consists of five best friends who are fueled by passion and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Their ferocious blend of punk rock and folk/country is preparing for world domination...

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Bottles, Our Breakdowns

My Life in Black and White

Punk/Western/Rock n' Roll

"[HARDASS COUNTRY-ROCK] I spent a good portion of my life drinking whiskey to songs much like those on My Life in Black and White’s sophomore release, Bottles, Our Breakdowns. You know, raspy-voiced, punk-country songs that make it OK for tough guys to get sensitive. Songs like Social Distortion’s “Story of My Life” or Against Me!’s “Sink, Florida, Sink.” Songs that inspire hugging as much as punching.

Unfortunately, Bottles also leans toward that brand of predictable, heavy, dude-rock that’s made modern rock radio unlistenable for years, if only on a couple tracks: namely, “Dear Friends:,” which gets a little thrashy/screamo at times, and occasionally on “Good Night Gracie.” Though vocalist and main six-string wielder Dylan Summers comes off a tad contrived at times, he certainly has a penchant for Mike Ness-ish gnarling, which is hard not to find endearing. When Summers applies his tough-guy stylings to stripped-down, acoustic-guitar-based ballads like “Bury Me at Sea”—which begins with Summers’s gravelly voice declaring, “Bloody and on my knees/ Is a bad place to be/ But I’d find my way to heaven/ Just to fall down at your feet”—he takes on that sort of been-through-some-shit-and-survived quality that makes Lucero frontman Ben Nichols so freakin’ awesome. “Cork City,” likewise, is a rollicking, Pogues-ish number led by plenty o’ picking and Summers beckoning listeners to sing along—classic rabble-rousing, beer-swilling behavior.

The aptly titled Bottles, Our Breakdowns offers a few surprises, as well: “Gunslinger” starts with snappy, almost ska, drumming and launches into a super-fast, Irish folk-tinged rock jig that rescues itself from redundancy with the slowed-down, punchy delivery of “‘Cause there’s a/ gun-slinger/ in the hall-way” at the lead of each chorus. Sure, the themes on Bottles—drinking, travel, drinking, odes to dead friends, drinking—are par for the course, but damn if “Like a Soldier” (with its constant, unexpectedly shrill electric guitar part and gratifying brotherhood-themed and power-chord-fueled chorus) couldn’t inspire impassioned group yelling.

Of course, there comes a time in one’s life when trashing hotel rooms and guzzling Jim Beam becomes—what’s that word?—immature. But My Life in Black and White’s latest actually makes me want to sink to old levels. And I’m guessing that if Bottles can do that, this quintet’s live show just might have enough black-wearing, grimace-making charm to strip Portland of a little of its cool—or at least get it drunk enough to spill some whiskey and punch a few best friends. AMY MCCULLOUGH."

"MY LIFE IN BLACK AND WHITE colors their roots-punk palette with shades of country and western (to paraphrase an old joke) to evoke noir-ish images of a harsh past and bleak future. The [Portland] quintet, however, bears quite a similarity to Bay Area literate-punk legends Jawbreaker, particularly its singer, whose raspy, slight vocals are hauntingly reminiscent of Jawbreaker's Blake Schwarzenbach. But the songs' singalong choruses and stomping western feel give them their own character, as well." - DAVE CLIFFORD, writer for the Willamette Week

"I imagine that the Alkaline Trio crowd would eat up a band like My Life in Black and White, a band that meshes the self-deprecating lyrical side of said trio with its own blistering party punk and obsession with all things Irish. The band was personally recommended to me by a door guy at the Funhouse (Seattle’s oldest surviving punk club), who then proceeded to smash some bottles with a shovel, a practice he referred to as “punk-rock baseball.” If that guy says My Life in Black and White is punk, then it is definitely punk." - CASEY JARMAN, writer for the Willamette Week

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Cloudy Skies

My Life in Black and White

whiskey soaked sing alongs and drive all night ballads that bypass the brain and hit you in the heart.

My Life in Black and White colors its roots-punk palette with shades of country and western (to paraphrase an old joke) to evoke noir-ish images of a harsh past and bleak future. The [Portland] quintet, however, bears quite a similarity to Bay Area literate-punk legends Jawbreaker -particularly its singer, who's raspy, slight vocals are hauntingly reminiscent of Jawbreakers Blake Schwarzenbach. But the songs' singalong choruses and stomping western feel give them their own charachter, as well. DAVE CLIFFORD, Willamette Week.

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