Woe, Is Me has lost as many members -six- as there are in the band today. Underoath is a completely different band than they were in 1997. Emarosa and Chiodos have had battles with their Craig’s (Jonny Craig and Craig Owens) for years. Member switch-ups are hard and oftentimes can present the band with a bad name, or force the band to go in a different direction with their music.
Looking For Alaska is also partaking in a game of musical chairs, rotating who plays what, who stays, and who goes. From day one they were equipped with two guitarists. Shortly after, they stumbled across the rest of the band and were set -until they lost their vocalist to California. After finally getting their hands on another singer, they were ready to go.
The original singer came back into the family and it was Looking For Alaska 1.0 again – sound familiar? Now, however, the tides have changed once again and they lost not only that vocalist, but also the bassist. So who makes up Looking For Alaska 2012? The band now consists of Calvin Lauber, Joshua Cannon and Chris Chamoun, the veteran guitarists and creators of the band, and Bailey Patterson on bass.
So how will this impact the band, if at all? “Any change in the sound that is happening right now is not necessarily intentional. It does sound different because there are different people involved…We’ve started over with the new material,” says former lead guitarist and current frontman Calvin Lauber. They decided to keep the name due to the majority of the remaining members being of the original lineup.
In their new single “Gainesville”, it is appropriately written “basically about change and how even if things change things can still work out even if they are different,” Lauber says. This is applicable to their audience as well as the band itself: new members, new sound, new plans – but still a successful band.
Lauber’s vocals add more of a The Dangerous Summer feel, differing from former vocalist Turner’s poppy vocals. The song gives off a vibe of dark pop punk, the dissonant key of guitars with the echoes and various effects placed throughout. The strings during the bridge add a melancholy emotion that is soon broken into by Lauber and Cannon’s vocals to sound angry and determined.
“Gainesville” shows that even though bands do go through inevitable change throughout their lifetimes, it is still possible to keep going and growing from those changes. Introducing the same Looking For Alaska – with a fresh start.