thelastplaceyoulook is an American rock band that formed in Houston, Texas. Their debut extended play, The Lies We Tell Ourselves, was released on May 30, 2006. This was followed up with the debut of their first full-length album See The Light Inside You, on January 29, 2009, which featured singles ”Don’t Make It So Easy” and ”Band to Save Me”. In December 2011, the band released a music video and single of “Do You Hear?” a cover of the Christmas song “Do You Hear What I Hear?”. A third as-yet untitled album is currently in production with the first single expected to be “Rip It Out.”
ORIGINS, THE LIES WE TELL OURSELVES (2006)
In 2006 singer Justin Nava formed thelastplaceyoulook with friends Kevin Pool, Richard Sherwood, Derek Young and Andy Moths. Their EP, The Lies We Tell Ourselves, was released on May 30, 2006. Following the release of The Lies We Tell Ourselves, they entered into the studio in 2008 and began work on their follow-up album. In 2009, the band released their full-length debut See The Light Inside You.
SEE THE LIGHT INSIDE YOU, AND MEMBER CHANGES (2009-2010)
With See The Light Inside You, Space City Rock stated that the musical direction of the band took a different turn from their previous work.
The first music video for the single “Don’t Make It So Easy” was produced by Taylor Gahm and released on July 13, 2009. Since then, the second single “Band to Save Me” has been added to regular rotation on Clear Channel’s 94.5 KTBZ The Buzz. The band has also been spotlighted by media outlets such as Audio ADD and the Houston Press.
During this time the band parted ways with drummer Andy Moths. Both sides have stated it was a mutual amicable parting due to creative differences and what was best for everyone involved. Speaking of the parting with Moths, Nava added “We sat down and at the end of the day wanted everyone who was part of the band to be happiest, and that was the solution for all involved. I love Andy and will always appreciate his contribution to getting this band where it is today.”
“RIP IT OUT”, AWARDS, TOURS (2010-PRESENT)
The band toured throughout 2010, while continuing to write new material for their upcoming album, as well as searching for a full-time replacement drummer. After touring with several interim drummers, Mikey Garcia was added as the band’s permanent drummer.
thelastplaceyoulook were nominated for the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards (“Rock,” “Best Male Vocals,” “Best Drummer,” and “Best Local Song,” for “Don’t Make It So Easy”) and the 2010 Texas Buzz Awards. In 2011, the band were again nominated by the Houston Press for the 2011 Music Awards (“Rock,” “Best Male Vocals,” “Best Songwriter,” “Best Drummer,” and “Best Song” for “Band to Save Me”). In June 2011, the band won a Houston Web Award for “Best Use of Facebook by a Band or Musician”. On November 16, 2011 the band won two Houston Press Music Awards in the “Best Rock” and “Best Male Vocals” categories.
In July 2011, the band returned to the studio to work on their next album. The first single “Rip It Out” was recorded, with several other songs in the production and recording phases. The band has given free advance copies of “Rip It Out” as part of ongoing band contests, as well as adding the song in frequent rotation during live shows. In September 2011, “Band to Save Me” was featured on Escaping The Ordinary’s compilation album, Escaping The Ordinary: Volume Two.
In September 2011 they played at the first annual Houston Press BestFest alongside Cake and The Toadies. In October 2011 they played the mainstage at Buzzfest XXVII at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion alongside the likes of Staind and Bush. The band also co-headlined the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase in November 2011.
The music video for “Band to Save Me” was released on September 5, 2011. The band released their newest single on iTunes on December 7, 2011, with subsequent music video; a cover of the Christmas song Do You Hear What I Hear?. Also frequently played live is a rock cover of Adele’s ”Rolling in the Deep“. The band is currently in production on their latest album which is expected to be released in 2012, accompanying a 2012 tour. They will begin the 2012 year with a series of shows with Theory of a Deadman and playing alongside the likes of Snoop Dogg and The Avett Brothers at Free Press Summer Fest on June 2-3, 2012.