Meet Get Busy Living, a dynamic up-and-coming band from Kansas City, MO – ready and willing to bring the pop punk revolution to your town. Their latest recording is entitled All Good Memories Fade, a collection of wondrously infectious tunes that will remain in your head for ages. We recently had a chance to speak with vocalist Chase Petersen to find out more about this collective ready to launch into the big leagues. Read on and find out more about their new EP, rousing live shows, groovin’ cover of Lil Wayne’s Lollipop, and other topics of interest.,,
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Get Busy Living, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Chase Petersen. I play guitar and sing lead vocals, the band has been together since 2008.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are based out of the Kansas City area. The scene is good here but not much of a pop punk scene so it makes it a little hard for bands like us. Some good bands are The Strive, The Dead Girls, Conflicts, Beautiful Bodies, Sweet Accent and the list goes on.
Is there any story or concept behind the EP title All Good Memories Fade?
Not really either, just that we knew we had to make a record that could get us real exposure. We wanted it to be good enough for radio and the pop punk kids all over.
Select two songs from All Good Memories Fade and what inspired the lyrics.
The Last Five Years is a song I wrote about my 4 1/2 year relationship coming to a terrible end finding out she was cheating on me and catching the guy leaving the apartment, if you listen to the words you can hear exactly what I mean. Revolution Summer is more about taking on what comes at you and if you will be able to be a man and make a change and do what you want.
What made you decide to cover Lollipop and has Lil Wayne heard or commented on it?
We have been playing Lollipop for years now and just last fall decided to record it, I hope Lil Wayne will hear it someday haha, if you know of a way then send it to him!!
What could one expect from a live Get Busy Living show?
We talk to the crowd and make them laugh and feel comfortable, then bring high energy, jumping and getting the crowd involved. Maybe a few jokes, but mostly a very solid set, people have told us for years that we are “very tight” we don’t break rhythm. We are just goofy with the fans and talk to anyone.
Has Get Busy Living ever played here in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in future days?
Yes back in 2010 as our old band Kiss and Tell we played at The Viper Room. We do plan on coming back very soon.
Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a Get Busy Living show?
Well on our trip to SXSW this year our trailer tire blew out. I myself fell face first on stage haha.
If Get Busy Living could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
We would love to open for A Day To Remember and reason being because they blew up the scene one year after we started and the influence they gave me personally was insane. I don’t want to be like them but I want to be as successful or more. As for a band in the past probably Motley Crue or AC/DC – they were amazing live and had one hell of a time doing it.
What other bands were you all in prior to joining forces with Get Busy Living?
Our drummer Jonny was in Addictive Behavior for many years, I was in about 3 different bands in high school and right after I graduated, Jeff and Brandon played in 3 bands together as well.
How close is Get Busy Living to writing and recording a full length?
Our next record is going to be a full length. This one was our 4th record so this next one we will take our time and make it right, we are thinking of teaming up with Chris Grainger from Nashville and keeping our current producer Kevin Gates from Springfield , MO on it as well.
What’s up next for Get Busy Living?
We have a good number of shows booked right now into the summer. We are working on landing spots on Festivals all over the country. Planning on doing runs with Sumerlin, Lion In The Mane and any other up and coming band that can further our career.
Any final words of wisdom?
Nothing good in this industry is gunna come easy so be prepared to put your head down low and enjoy the ride. It may suck at times but if you want it bad enough it will happen. As for me this is all I want it life. I’m never giving up until i die. The world will know us before we are dead and gone.
Get Busy Living is: Chase Petersen, Brennan Pitman, Jonny Welch, Jeff Hilty
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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