Premiere: Live Well “Perfectly Temporary”

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Live Well is an emotional punk band from the greater New York area. The band was started by Paul Masbad and Max Johl after traveling the country together in late 2017. In late April 2018 Live Well released “First Demos” and have been playing and writing relentlessly ever since. With a full length completed Live Well headed to Lumber Yard Recording studios to work with Ace Enders (The Early November) and Nik Bruzzese (Man Overboard) to record their debut album in August 2018. The band (comprised of Paul- Guitar and Lead Vocals, Max Johl- Guitar and Vocals. Luis Castro – bass and vocals, Neil Stafford- Drums) is excited to continue to share their nostalgic music and deep rooted lyrics with new fans through live shows, releasing singles and ultimately their debut album ‘Perfectly Temporary’ in 2019.

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While you’re streaming Perfectly Temporary, we’ve brought a track by track breakdown of the album directly from the band. Stream the new album while you read the breakdown below!


1. Regret – This is about knowing what you should do in the future but getting caught up in past habits. In some ways it’s about remembering past actions and seeing how they contributed to bad behavior.

2. Beach Time – Partly about Max getting drunk and running away from me in a rich neighborhood. But also is about the fleeting moments people share with one another (in this case me and a former partner) and knowing that it will ultimately end.

3. Bed – Even though this one is pretty straightforward, I feel like it encapsulates the feeling I had when I would think about the people in my life that I’ve lost. Whether it be losing out on a relationship, or a friend who had passed away.

4. Drunk – Each verse is a snapshot of where I was at certain moments in my life. Some are more heavy or “depressing” than others but I feel as if it’s a song about fighting through mental health issues and coming out of it alive.

5. Coked Out – This song is about my history with substance abuse and how at the end of the day, my using was caused by feelings of anger that I couldn’t face or explain.

6. Lying – In some ways, Lying paints a clear picture of where I was physically when I was using. But also I think it describes my mental state and how I would try and hide it from the people closest to me.

7. Broad Street – This one’s about an apartment I lived in for a while and the relationship I was in at the time. It’s a recollection of events and moments I had lived through. I also feel as if I’m asking myself if I could ever truly move away from the person I was 5-6 years ago.

8. Seeds – At first, I wrote Seeds about one of Max’s previous relationships. But the more we played this, I started to feel like the song is about the willingness to sacrifice in order to make any kind of relationship work, whether it’s a platonic or romantic one.

9. No Escape – This song was my attempt to write what it actually feels like when diagnosed with a mental illness such as depression. It’s relenting, upsetting, and it holds you down.

10. Drive-Thru – This song is where the album title originated from. But I think it describes a relationship that is short lived. And even though that’s usually a topic that can be looked back on with sadness, I think it looks back on that situation with happiness. It came from a relationship that could barely be called a relationship but both of us were happy with what we had, when it happened, and were able to move on without disdain.

11. Cardigan – This song is about all the times I spent with my closest friends from my hometown. Back then, it felt like all our lives would consist of is going to shows and listening to music. Which, obviously, isn’t the case. On a deeper level, I feel it’s about the uncertainty that comes with living through your early-twenties.

12. Cool Bands – This is a song I wrote about Max — and other people in the scene I was friends with — and how I looked up to them as musicians and artists in bands. It comes from a place of wanting to be included in the community and wanting to feel a part of something bigger than yourself. 


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