half•alive @ Drake Underground
half•alive formed in 2016 in Long Beach, CA. The independent band started as the product of a 50-song challenge that Josh Taylor, the band’s leader and principle song writer, had completed in early 2016. Josh wrote 50 songs in hopes of improving his skill as a songwriter. With the help of drummer, Brett Kramer and Grammy nominated producer James Krausse, a few of the songs came alive in the Mojave Desert, inside a helicopter hanger that had been redesigned as a recording studio, where the band recorded its debut EP, 3. After the songs were released, half•alive started working on it’s live show, adding bass player J Tyler to the band. The fan base grew substantially online within the first three months of its release.
Half•alive snuck onto the music scene in 2017 with three debut songs that collectively amassed over four million plays on Spotify. “The Fall,” “Aawake at Night,” and “Tip Toes” are all catchy indie pop songs, heavy on guitar and bass with light and playful vocals over top. Their most recent release, “still feel.” is by far the grooviest. The track features relaxed call and response vocals, unexpected rhythmic stops and a chorus that swings hard. This song definitely warrants a dance music video, but boy did half•alive deliver.