“The music industry needs to take a step back and realize that music isn’t something that needs rules and structure;” Look Alive frontman, Jacob Causey, opines, “it’s still an art.” Causey is a man of his word: Look Alive’s brand of VFW pop-punk is anything but perfect. Although the Atlanta, Georgia pop-punk by-way-of hardcore quintet has only been playing together for a mere six months, they are already begun turning heads with their energetic and passionate barrage. If famed Cavalier poet Robert Herrick were alive today, he’d certainly find delight in Look Alive’s disorder.
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Jacob (myself) - Vocals
George - Guitar/Vocals
Cody - Guitar
Turbo - Bass
Patrick - Drums
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
We’re all mostly from the Atlanta area.
How did the band come together?
We actually started playing as Look Alive last year in August, but we all have been very familiar with the music scene and have all been in and out of bands for the most part, so nothing was too new to us.
Why should people listen to your band?
Because you have ears for a reason…And that reason is Look Alive.
How have you grown since you started?
Well I’m not sure about the other guys, but I personally have actually LOST a lot of weight. As far as height goes, I’m not sure if anyone else has kept up with how much they have grown since the band started…
What sets you apart from other bands?
Well, I would have to say our overall positive outlook on life through our music. I also feel we genuinely try to really show our appreciation for all the support and love we get from our fans, friends and families. These days your fans are EVERYTHING, and we want to make sure we express that.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
The music, and the passion and energy behind it. Just being able to share that energy with others and immediately feel it being returned when we play live is such an awesome feeling.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Everyone has their own taste so I decided to list everyone’s top 3:
1. I Am The Avalanche
1. The Wonder Years
2. The Story So Far
3. Such Gold
1. New Found Glory
2. Four Years Strong
1. Gaslight Anthem
2. Chuck Ragan
What would you say the band has already accomplished and what do you have your eyes set on next?
We’ve accomplished a lot of things within the short period of time of being a band, and it’s gonna be pretty interesting just how far the journey we have already started is going to take us. What we’re set on, I feel as a whole, is getting a full length album up and ready to show the world. We like what we got going on and only want to see it get better.
Thus far, what’s a favorite memory or something quirky that’s taken place with the band (in-studio, onstage, or elsewhere)?
This one time, George backed into Cody’s neighbors mailbox with the rental trailer we had (we were new at driving a trailer) knocking off the actual mailbox from the stand, so Cody quickly ran over and put it back on and pretended like nothing ever happened (laughs).
Is there anything in particular that you’d like people to take away from listening to your music?
A positive outlook on life. And more specifically, to understand everyone goes through really shitty times in their life and you just have to keep your chin up and press on! Hold your ground!
If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
How perfect sounding and pristine and robotic the sound is becoming. The music industry needs to take a step back and realize that music isn’t something that needs rules and structure; it’s still an art.
How did your band’s name come about?
We threw around a bunch of ideas, and we really liked Look Alive because it kind of went well with the overall positive and awake approach we were going for.
What’s the biggest mistake someone’s made while playing?
Fortunately we haven’t had any bad mistakes just yet. I guess the worst would be me not having a voice our very first show because I had been sick. That was an interesting night, but I’m sure we will have many to come. We’re only human
Any pre-performance rituals?
Beer, Good Beer…And animal sacrifices.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Why yes I do have something else! We are expected to have an EP recorded in April, and we’re actually want our friends, families and fans to help be a part of the journey and fun in making it happen. So we started a page: indiegogo.com/lookaliveatl
This allows you to donate as small as a dollar to go towards the making of our new EP, and depending on how much you are willing to contribute, we have set up some pretty cool and wacky thank you gifts and surprises to give back! So I encourage all to check it out, and maybe help us out if you would like. We would greatly appreciate all and any help we can get!
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*This Showcase was compiled, written, and edited by Michael Meeze