Their shambolic 1994 debut, remastered from the original tapes and presented in lavish, gatefold form. A mix of restrained loud and purposeful quiet, WhatFunLifeWas’s eleven tracks unfold at a marathon runner’s pace, picking up speed when necessary, but its eye on completing a personal race. Singer Matt Kadane’s soft, semi-drawl is buried in the mix, letting brother Bubba and Tench Coxe’s guitars weave cleanly around drummer Trini Martinez’s all-ride-all-the-time timekeeping.
“On a family vacation to Florida in the mid-‘70s, Bubba cut his head on the bedside table in a motel room. I still remember it vividly and how I was haunted by the matter-of-fact line: ‘you cut your head on the bedside table.’ Its ten syllables sounded right, but the content is what really haunted me. It felt like the ultimate betrayal, the bedside table taking advantage of its proximity to a serenely sleeping body.”—Matt Kadane
“WhatFunLifeWas is concise and evocative, songs whose meticulous conception sacrifices nothing in the way of visceral power. Heady without being stifled, dynamic without being obvious, quiet but best heard loudly, /fun takes the simple and builds it into something deceptively complex.”—Dallas Observer