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thelastplaceyoulook performing in Houston, TX
Background information
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Alternative rock
Hard rock
Labels Independent
Members Justin Nava
Kevin Pool
Richard Sherwood
Mikey Garcia
Past members Andy Moths
Derek Young

thelastplaceyoulook is an American rock band that formed in Houston, Texas. Their debut extended play, The Lies We Tell Ourselves, was released on 30 May 2006. This was followed up with the debut of their first full-length album See The Light Inside You, on 29 January 2009, which featured singles "Don't Make It So Easy" and "Band to Save Me". The band has also released a music video and single of "Do You Hear?" a cover of the Christmas song "Do You Hear What I Hear?".[1] In December 2013, they released their second extended play Rip It Out.


Origins, The Lies We Tell Ourselves (2006)[edit]

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 30 May 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, member changes (2009–2010)[edit]

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.[2]

The first music video for the single "Don't Make It So Easy" was produced by Taylor Gahm and released on 13 July 2009.[3] Since then, the second single "Band to Save Me" has been added to regular rotation on Clear Channel's 94.5 KTBZ The Buzz.[4] The band has also been spotlighted by media outlets such as Audio ADD[5] and the Houston Press.[6]

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.

Awards, touring, music videos (2010–2011)[edit]

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")[7] and the 2010 Texas Buzz Awards.[2][8] 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").[9] In June 2011, the band won a Houston Web Award for "Best Use of Facebook by a Band or Musician".[10] On 16 November 2011 the band won two Houston Press Music Awards in the "Best Rock" and "Best Male Vocals" categories.[11]

In September 2011 they played at the first annual Houston Press BestFest alongside Cake and The Toadies.[12] In October 2011 they played the mainstage at Buzzfest XXVII at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion alongside the likes of Staind and Bush.[13][14] The band also co-headlined the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase in November 2011.[15][16]

The music video for "Band to Save Me" was released on 5 September 2011. The band released their newest single on iTunes on 7 December 2011, with subsequent music video; a cover of the Christmas song Do You Hear What I Hear?.[1]

Rip It Out, national tours (2012–present)[edit]

The band began the 2012 year with a series of shows with Theory of a Deadman[15] and playing alongside the likes of Snoop Dogg and The Avett Brothers at Free Press Summer Fest in June 2012.[17] In Fall 2012 the band embarked on the 'Cutting Like Knives' national tour with 10 Years and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.[18]

The band once again returned to Buzzfest XXIX in October 2012. Soon after, they returned to the studio to begin 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 away advance copies of "Rip It Out" as part of ongoing band contests, as well as adding the song in frequent rotation during live shows.[15] The single "Band to Save Me" was also featured on Escaping The Ordinary's compilation album, Escaping The Ordinary: Volume Two.[19]

Throughout 2013 the band debuted a number of new songs in production at live shows, including "Sexytime," "Ebb And Flow," and "Awake." Sexytime has received frequent broadcast on Houston's 94.5 KTBZ The Buzz. Also frequently played live is a new rock cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep", as well as Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball. [20] In Fall 2013, the band embarked on a national tour with Blue October, 'Sway,' in support of Blue October's new album of the same name.[21] In December 2013 the band released their latest extended play Rip It Out, which is expected to accompany a 2014 tour. In July 2014, guitarist Derek Young left the band.[22]



  • Justin Nava – vocals (2006–present)
  • Kevin Pool – bass & vocals (2006–present)
  • Richard Sherwood – guitar (2006–present)
  • Mikey Garcia – drums (2010–present)


  • Derek Young – guitar (2006–2014)
  • Andy Moths – drums (2006–2010)


Year Album Details
2006 The Lies We Tell Ourselves
  • Released: 30 May 2006
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD, DI
2009 See The Light Inside You
  • Released: 20 January 2009
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD, DI
2013 Rip It Out
  • Released: 20 December 2013
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD, DI

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2009 "Don't Make It So Easy"[23] Taylor Gahm
2011 "Band to Save Me"(Live)[24][25] Nelson Lopez
2011 "Do You Hear?"[26] thelastplaceyoulook
2013 "Rip It Out"[27] Brian Vogel[28]


  1. ^ a b Keever, Matthew "Only In Houston – Music – Houston – Houston Press". Houston Press. 9 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b Hart, Jeremy "SPACE CITY ROCK » Band to Save Us: the last place you look Won't Back Down". Space City Rock. 24 June 2011.
  3. ^ Gahm, Taylor "Taylor Gahm Creative". Taylor Gahm Creative. 13 July 2009.
  4. ^ The Texas Buzz "The Texas Buzz – 94.5 The Buzz Houston's New Rock Alternative Music". The Texas Buzz. 4 August 2009.
  5. ^ Audio ADD "AudioADD – Home – Review: thelastplaceyoulook's "See The Light Inside You"". Audio ADD. 16 January 2009.
  6. ^ Rhodes, Dusti. "The Last Place You Look – Page 1 – Music – Houston – Houston Press". Houston Press. 21 January 2009.
  7. ^ Gray, Chris "The 2009 Houston Press Music Award Nominees – Houston Music – Rocks Off". Houston Press. 21 May 2009.
  8. ^ "TEXAS BUZZ PLAYLIST OCTOBER 9 2011 | The Texas Buzz – 94.5 The Buzz Houston's New Rock Alternative Music". The Texas Buzz. 9 October 2011.
  9. ^ Gray, Chris "The 2011 Houston Press Music Award Nominees – Houston Music – Rocks Off". Houston Press. 18 October 2011.
  10. ^ Hlavaty, Craig "Masters of Cyberspace – Page 3 – News – Houston – Houston Press". Houston Press. 29 June 2011.
  11. ^ Hlavaty,Craig"Your 2011 Houston Press Music Awards Winners – Houston Music – Rocks Off". Houston Press. 16 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Houston Press – BestFest". Houston Press. 10 August 2011.
  13. ^ "BuzzFest 27". KTBZ. 14 October 2011.
  14. ^ Hlavaty, Craig "BuzzFest XXVII – Music – Houston – Houston Press". Houston Press. 19 October 2011.
  15. ^ a b c "thelastplaceyoulook official Facebook page". Facebook. 19 October 2011.
  16. ^ "Houston Press Music Awards Showcase Lineup". Houston Press. 1 November 2011.
  17. ^ "Free Press Summer Fest Lineup". Free Press Summer Fest. 15 May 2012.
  18. ^ "10 Years Plot Cutting Like Knives Tour". AntiMusic. 29 August 2012.
  19. ^ Griffin, Ty "Escaping The Ordinary: Volume Two – Escaping The Ordinary – Ty Griffin". Escaping The Ordinary. 30 September 2011.
  20. ^ Rocks Off "Live Shots – BestFest: thelastplaceyoulook Rolls In The Deep & All That Jazz". Houston Press. 24 September 2011.
  21. ^ "Blue October Sway Tour". Blue October. 4 September 2013.
  22. ^ " thelastplaceyoulook official blog". thelastplaceyoulook. 4 September 2013.
  23. ^ "Taylor Gahm Creative". Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  24. ^ "Nelson Lopez Productions". 5 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  25. ^ "Band To Save Me (Live)". 5 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  26. ^ "Houston's thelastplaceyoulook Gets into The Christmas Spirit With "Do You Hear?"". 7 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  27. ^ "Warehouse Live 4th Annual XMAS Holiday Bash featuring thelastplaceyoulook". 
  28. ^ Vogel, Brian. "Brian Vogel Photography". Retrieved 22 December 2013. 

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