Aim High is a pop-punk and alternative band from Columbia, South Carolina. Led by Caleb “Calebjustcaleb” Brown (vocals/production), the band consists of Morgan Johnson (bass), Logan Pierce (drums), Steven Howard (guitar), and Tristan Auman (guitar). I first heard of Aim High when they opened for Palisades, Glass Houses, and Blessthefall in 2019. They arrived with such a fierce energy, and an unwavering confidence, that just dared the world to take notice. While the lineup has changed since then, they have always faithfully brought a unique sound and carefully crafted lyrics.
Watch the brand new music video for their previously released song ‘Bilmuristoleoursongtitle,’ exclusively on For The Punks right now!
Their newest single, the emotional ballad “Drag This Out” (featuring Joey Fleming of In Her Own Words), is no exception. It starts off with a much softer sound than their usual tracks, and instantly held my attention as a huge fan of acoustic pop-punk. The lyrics began flowing out like a story that I, myself, have experienced far too many times, and I was hooked. I can already clearly see “Drag This Out” playing in the background of a scene in a romance movie. The addition of Joey Fleming was a wise choice as the melodic blending of their voices in the end is a beautiful thing to witness. If you’re a fan of pop-punk, you owe it to yourself to check out “Drag This Out” and “Bilmuristoleoursongtitle,” along with the rest of Aim High’s discography. Click here to watch the lyric video for “Drag This Out”.
Check out my interview with Aim High below:
What first got you into music?
Morgan: I grew up in a family of musicians, so it’s in my blood. The real kicker
was playing my first show at 7 years old, watching people sing and
dance to the music we were playing.
Who writes the lyrics for your songs?
Who writes the lyrics for your songs?
Logan: Calebjustcaleb writes the lyrics for the most part, but we’ve recently been able to collaborate with a lot of great featured artists. We all agree Caleb does a great job with the wording and overall structure of the songs.
What is your creative process like?
Logan: We definitely have multiple strategies when it comes to the creative process. Most of the time we are given some sort of reference track created by Caleb, other members, or collectively as a band, after that it’s up to us to bounce back and forth ideas and ultimately come up with our own parts.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Calebjustcaleb: Oh wow, SO many artists and bands to be honest. Childish Gambino, Counterparts, Dancegavindance, Jon Bellion, Drake, A Day To Remember, JID, CHON, literally I could go on all day.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Steven: If we could open a show for any artist I would want it to be The Story So Far for how energetic and exciting their shows are and they’re also one of my current favorite bands
What is one message you would give to any new musicians?
Calebjustcaleb: I would say to not let anything discourage you from following your dreams. Work hard to get what you want out of it. Be prepared to put in that work, and to fall flat on your face before you succeed. Much like skating.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for music?
Tristan: I probably would be doing something else in the creative field, I love movies so it’d be fun to find something in that realm, or even try my hand at writing.
What is your favorite song to perform so far?
Steven: I personally like preforming Hazey Days In a live environment it is a fun bouncy song with a solid hook and big high energy. The end breakdown is always enjoyable as well.
Calebjustcaleb: I really love singing Drag This Out because of how emotionally driven the track is. Although we havent gotten a chance to perform it live, I’m sure it will be my new favorite in no-time. If I had to pick one of our current setlist, Bilmuristoleoursongtitle is always super fun and high energy.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Morgan: Learn how to rest, you do too much. Be like notes in music and learn to breathe (still guilty sometimes).
What’s next for Aim High?
Tristan: We have a lot of material that we can’t wait for people to hear, and we’re even more excited to play it live. We plan on a very special release in the near future, and as soon as COVID is done with, we’ll hit the ground running playing as many shows as we can.
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