She's Alive's Alex Rogers Has Lots to Live For

Representing Chicago's DIY music scene, She's Alive give a powerpop punch to the windy city" says Neck Deep Media's Andrew Wynykoski of the band's debut EP, 'Left To Live For'. All veterans of the midwest
scene, the five-piece assembled in 2012 and have wasted no time, quickly hammering out a tight collection of songs and securing studio time at Rob Freeman's renowned Pilot Studio in New Jersey.

Since the release of the EP in the summer of 2012 She's Alive have supported touring artists including Paradise Fears, Forever the Sickest Kids, Rocky Loves Emily and more followed by a string of solo tour-dates in the midwest and east coast.

"We play music that is real to us and I think people respond to that sincerity." says lead vocalist Alex Rogers. "Our songs come from the heart and we want our fans to feel like they are a part of our world when they listen to us. That connection is what keeps us going.

1. Can I get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Alex: In short, She's Alive formed from other bands ending but us still being the ones who wanted this to be our life so, fate kinda put us together timing wise.

2. How did you guys come up with your band name?

Alex: The name idea originally came from members seeing a clip from Bride of Frankenstein "She's Alive! She's Alive!" but when brought up, it had a catchiness to it, and we found meaning behind it that rings true in what we see in the band and what we feel we stand for.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Alex:  We are based out of Chicago IL and the scene has been slowly but surely coming back to life recently, which is very exciting. some bands we'd personally recommend would have to be Plastic Smiles, Hometown Heroes (IL), and Real Friends. just off the top of our heads, there are many great bands emerging out of our scene lately.

4. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

Alex: Lyrically the themes honestly vary from song to song, but overall the message we'd like to send is that we all feel out of place, we've all felt unwanted and broken hearted, but no matter how bad things get, you need to carry on whether it be with the help of your friends, or music, or yourself, because being different should be celebrated, and if you're going through hell, keep going, because things will get better. But overall it's just relating very human experiences that we all go through sometimes on a day to day basis. both happy and sad.

5. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Alex: Our influences are from all over the spectrum. to best describe our sound using influences we'd have to go with New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, The Starting Line, All Time Low, Valencia, Hidden in Plain View, etc.

6. Is there any story or concept behind the Left To Live For title?

Alex: The concept came really from the title track of the same name, "Left To Live For" really touches on how sometimes life can get hopeless to the point where it feels like nothing is left, but music and the people who have been there for you can always be something to hold on, and even if that's all you have left to live for, that's enough because you are worth making it through the tough times, just to hold on.

7. Who produced Left To Live For and what was it like working with them?

Alex: We were lucky enough to work with Rob Freeman at the Pilot Studio out in New Jersey. The experience was fantastic, as a young band in terms of being together, we learned alot from him in terms of our own potential because he pushed us everyday to be better at our instrument, and to not settle for the part we had written. he really helped us come together musically.

8. Who did the cover art for Left To Live For and how much input did you have on it?

Alex: We had an outside source do the album artwork and really just let him listen to the songs we had back at that point and let him creatively take control, honestly it was cool to see in art form how our songs translated via an outside view.

9. Select two songs from Left To Live For and what inspired the lyrics.

Alex: "Another Try", the 2nd track, was inspired from Alex's past experiences in having to make a difficult choice in life to have to leave something he loved and put years into, or to have to start over again but go through alot of pain, but it really goes out to anyone who had to make a hard choice that they knew would be better for them, but caused heartache.

"Blacklight Eyes", track 5, is inspired by the feeling of being judged and put down by those around you or even those close to you based off of your past or mistakes you've made but have tried to make up for, and just in general its about how we all feel like the whole world is against us sometimes.

10. Do you guys have any new music in the works as far as a follow-up release?

Alex: We recently released a new track entitled "The Things You'll Never Tell" and plan on releasing another single in the next couple months. We will have plenty of content to release of the next few months while we get back into serious writing mode for another CD in the future.

11. What are your upcoming touring/show plans?

Alex: Our next show is going to be local, we are direct support on the Real Friends CD release show June 1st in Tinley Park IL. Then we plan on getting back on the road end of June for a short trip out to Romeo MI and making our way back over a weekend.

12. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Alex: You can find all of our music on iTunes, and Spotify, as well as some cool stuff on YouTube. We have a Big Cartel with all of our merchandise available.

13. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Alex: What we want every listener to take away from our music is a feeling of hope, even on the less upbeat songs there's a sense that yes bad things happen, but you can get through it and be stronger for it. But moreso we'd like our listeners to be able to feel a sense of escape from the real world even for a few minuets, and just be able to take a few deep breaths.

14. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Alex: Fans can expect new music, new videos, some really cool shows with some amazing artists, much more time out on the road, and of course nonstop love from us for all the support and love we get from them.

15. Any final words of wisdom?

Alex: Together we can change the world, just live your life and carry on.

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