Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back.
Rocks Off: When and where was your first gig in Houston, and how did it go?
thelastplaceyoulook: Our first gig was at a little place called the Southmore House, a little warehouse commune in east downtown. we made it through our first five songs barely but met some musicians and fans who are still here to this day, and that was back in the summer of '03.
RO: What Houston-area venues do you play most often?
TLPYL: Warehouse Live is our home base, and we really love the staff and the whole place. Plus they treat us like professionals and kings back when we were far from it. Although in the last year we got to grace main stage at the House of Blues, Bayou Music Center and Woodlands Pavilion, part of us still misses good ole Fitzgerald's, but I really love what Free Press Houston have done with the place.
RO: How often do you play in the area?
TLPYL: We tried to do four shows a year in town, however that schedule has gotten kind of thrown off with some really great opportunities we got in the last year with festivals, and opening at larger venues with national artists like AWOLnation, Chevelle, The Toadies and others.
We do some regional touring as well, but we have started to make a tradition of the holiday shows, and of course, Nava's birthday shows.
RO: Describe your sound in eight words or less.
TLPYL: Intensely dynamically universally heartfelt abrasive and beardy.
RO: How did you come up with your name?
TLPYL: It was a lyric in one of our first songs and a damn sight better than anything on our list of really shitty names. It's turned into a metaphor for the diverse crowd we draw now and as the place where we all realize we are all human and going through the same things. We find we can understand one another, if that makes sense.
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RO: Where would you like yourself or your band to be in one year? Ten years? Forty?
TLPYL: One year? Coming home from our first year of national touring with major artists, which we are actually getting an opportunity to start in September. A decade? Touring the world with our families and friends in tow and having the freedom to write some really creative stuff. Forty years? Still alive, hopefully.
RO: What is one thing you'd like to do (as a musician) before you pack it in?
TLPYL: Write a hit song that is on more than one chart, work with Ryan Tedder or Kanye West even though we are in a rock band. Definitely tour another country, and be able to legitimately say i was solely a musician at one point in my life. We'll take any one of those.
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thelastplaceyoulook plays the HPMA showcase 9 p.m. Sunday, August 5, at the House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room, 1204 Caroline.