Lifer is an American rock band from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The group originally formed as Strangers with Candy in 1999 performing a mix of original material as well as covers by acts like Rage Against the Machine, Deftones, and Tool. In 2000, they won MTV's Ultimate Cover Band Contest, and quickly became a fan-favorite. Strangers with Candy then entered the studio and released the EP titled ‚”No Need”. The MTV exposure helped gain fans worldwide and also caught the attention of several major record labels, the group ultimately signing 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 eponymously titled full length debut. They then hit the road opening for numerous acts such as Godsmack, Nickelback, Staind, Cold, Saliva, and many others. Their first single, "Boring" was one of the most added modern-rock songs on active rock radio.  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.  

In the summer of 2018 Lifer reunited with a new lineup featuring original members Nick Coyle, Aaron Fink, and Tony Kruszka along with new bassist Mike Morgan (The Drama Club, Panacea). Two members of Lifer, Fink and original bassist Mark James, had for a decade been in the multi-platinum, radio favorites Breaking Benjamin, helping that band achieve super star status.  Also in recent years, Fink and Coyle have joined the platinum selling artists Earshot and Cold, respectively, and continue to make modern hard rock music on many fronts. 

March of 2020 marked the first studio release in 18 years, “The Start Of Something Else,” to stellar reviews. The band is now slated to release the follow up “Born Again” in June of 2020.