Members: Chase, Josh, Sammy, Shaun, Eric
"As long as one person is still playing music, the city will still be alive," Chase Kerby told Spinner during a 2010 SXSW interview. These words rang true to Kerby when he and his bandmates decided to name their quintet The City Lives in 2007.
After Kerby filled in on the Sugarcult tour with Meg & Dia in 2007, he returned to Oklahoma City to collaborate with guitarist Josh McClesky and an all-star cast of OKC music vets. This marked the beginning of The City Lives.
The band quickly attracted the attention of The All American Rejects' Mike Kennerty and Tyson Ritter, who signed The City Lives to Edmond Records, a subsidiary of their Doghouse label. At the end of 2008, The City Lives toured coast to coast for six weeks with The All American Rejects and Jet Lag Gemini on the "Gives You Hell Tour", helping to bridge the gap between regional and national acclaim.
2009 and 2010 brought The City Lives consecutive showcases at SXSW Music Conference and tours with notables The Working Title, All Get Out, The Rocketboys, All the Day Holiday and Kinch, as well as one-offs with Augustana, Paramore, Vadera, Manchester Orchestra, As Tall as Lions, Phantom Planet, Lovedrug and Colour Revolt, among others. Endorsements from Mustang Brewing Company, Gallien-Kruger, Risen Percussion, DMB Pedals and Robert Keeley Electronics rounded out the year in style.
After writing, recording and scrapping an entire album in 2009, The City Livesâwith lots of help from Jack Daniels and their classic 12-inch collectionsâbegan writing a new set of tunes.
"The new EP really transcends what we've done in the past," Kerby says. "We're all really satisfied with the final product. There's definitely more to come."
The self-titled EP hit the streets September 7 and is available digitally on iTunes and physically at the band's online store. The City Lives will tour the U.S. in support of the release in the coming months.