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Lifer is a rock band from Wilkes-Barre, PA. The group originally formed as Strangers with Candy in 1999 performing a mix of original material as well as covers. In 2000, they won MTV's Ultimate Cover Band Contest, and quickly became a fan-favorite. The MTV exposure helped gain fans worldwide and also caught the attention of several major record labels, the group ultimately signed with Republic/Universal Records. The band went on to change their name to Lifer after complications with the Comedy Central series of the same name. In late 2000, Lifer went into the studio with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, who produced the band’s self titled full length debut. They then hit the road opening for numerous mainstream rock acts. Their first single, "Boring" was one of the most added modern-rock songs on active rock radio in 2001. In 2002, X-box unveiled their “NHL 2002" video game featuring "Parade”, and the song "Breathless" appeared on the "Scorpion King" soundtrack, which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Album Chart and was certified gold. Two members, Aaron Fink and original bassist Mark James, had for a decade been in the multi-platinum, radio favorites Breaking Benjamin. In recent years, Fink and singer Nick Coyle have joined the platinum selling artists Earshot and Cold, respectively, and continue to make modern hard rock music on many fronts. The new single "Hate Me Love Me" is set to be released on May 21 2021.