Its always tough for a frontman of a beloved local act to delicately usher in his new project without protest. But Allen Epley, formerly of the sonically adventurous Shiner, has such an intent with the Life and Times. Suburban Hymns, the bands first full-length, clearly demonstrates each members talent, but overall, the sound cant get away from conveying a stoned, older version of Epleys previous band. Hymns strengths are most apparent on its opening track, My Last Hostage the delay and reverb soar magnificently into arena-rock territory while the Moog gently escorts the melody without the slightest hint of excess. From there, Hymns becomes less cohesive it moves steadily and clocks in at just 41 minutes, but it feels much longer. The highs achieved by My Last Hostage, Skateland and Mia Culpa are bogged down by the way the other tracks plod along, virtually indistinguishable from one another. Epleys fans will fawn over his buttery vocal delivery, but others will have to hope that future Life and Times albums allow the band to transcend its status as a bland, VH1-ready version of Shiner. Judge for yourself when the Life and Times plays a CD release party Friday at the Brick.