Members: John, Zach, Boyd, Will
In 2002, in a small college town located West of Indianapolis â the pop rock band The Goodlife (later referred to as TGL) was formed. The band wrote, recorded, and released several EPâs from â02 - â06 â It was in these early years that TGLâs sound would evolve into what would later be heard on the bandâs first full length album in 2007, Just So You Know.
Just So You Know was a stepping-stone for the band. Not only had they found their sound, but they had also found opportunity. TGL entered MTVuâs Best Music On Campus competition in the fall of 2007 â an online battle of the bands hosted by MTV, searching for the best college band in the country. Top place finisher in the competition would be awarded a 1.5 million dollar recording contract with Epic Records, as well as a performance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Hundreds of bands were eliminated from the competition during a 5 month period. All the while, listeners from across the country began taking notice of the music coming from the campus of DePauw University where lead singer John Sibbitt and drummer Will Cath were attending college at the time. While this venture did not have the perfect ending, the bandâs runner up finish did however come with a silver lining.
TGL was dubbed one of the top 5 best college bands in the country by MTV, and shortly thereafter, the guysâ college educations were being put on hold to pursue their music full time. TGL began touring frequently in the U.S. and Canada, performing shows with the likes of Jackâs Mannequin, Dashboard Confessional, Hellogoodbye, Finger Eleven, and several others before inking a deal that would put TGLâs music in front of a much larger audience.
TGL signed with Lobster/Oort Records in 2008. The band spent several months touring and writing material for their debut album, titled Sweeter As Fiction, and released it globally on September, 9th 2008. The 10 track LP was recorded and produced by Seth Henderson (Asteria, Knuckle Puck, The Graduate, Theyâve Shot Flanigan) of ABG Recording Studios. Just months after the band returned home from supporting Sweeter As Fiction on the road, TGL disbanded due to misfortunes with their former label who had disappeared shortly after Sweeter hit record store shelves.
Soon after TGL packed up their gear for the last time, their fan-base began to grow in ways it hadnât before. Thanks to the growing popularity of Sweeter As Fiction on Pandora Radio, listeners began asking questions as to what happened to TGL and why Sweeter was no longer available on iTunes. After noticing the growing demand for the bandâs material that had disappeared from digital retailers, the band decided to release This is the end. - 6 years after Sweeter As Fiction was released.
This is the end. is a collection of material including newly remastered and reworked songs off of Sweeter As Fiction, rare tracks from the bandâs first LP Just So You Know, as well as brand new, never before heard material. Available June 2nd, on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, GooglePlay, and several other retailers â This is the end. ensures one thing â That TGLâs music will be accessible until the end of timeâ¦ and truthfully, thatâs all theyâve ever wanted since starting their career over a decade ago. This is the end. is for the fans.