Half Alive (stylized as half•alive) is an American band from Long Beach, California. The band was formed in 2016 and consists of lead singer Josh Taylor, drummer Brett Kramer and bassist J Tyler Johnson. Their first EP, 3, was released in 2017.
Josh Taylor had previously been lead singer for "The Moderates", a band from Long Beach, California. The band released their debut EP Colour in 2013. In November 2015, Taylor announced a seven month songwriting program during which he hoped to write 50 songs, a project that would eventually end on December 30. The project would eventually bring about all of Half Alive's released music.
It was announced that The Moderates had disbanded in on April 10, 2017 due to other commitments, but that an EP as well as a new music video would be released by Taylor's new band, "Half Alive". The band's first single, "The Fall", was released on April 24 of that year alongside its music video. Their debut EP, 3, was released on the same day. It was recorded inside a helicopter hanger in the Mojave Desert which had been converted to a recording studio with the help of James Krausse. A behind the scenes video for "The Fall" was uploaded onto the band's YouTube channel in July. "Aawake at Night", the second single from the EP, was released on November 6. The three songs from the EP collectively amassed 4 million streams on Spotify in July 2018 and currently have over 6 million as of November 2018.
On August 3, 2018, the band released a single called "Still Feel", accompanied by a music video filmed at the Bronson Canyon. The video attracted attention for its choreography and cinematography, done by lead singer Josh Taylor and JA Collective, and received positive reviews from publications including Alternative Press and Rock Sound, the former calling the cinematography "first-class" and the latter calling the band "so multi-talented". NPR also featured the track on "All Songs Considered" playlist and directed praise at its music video. It became the band's first track to chart, reaching number 42 on the US Hot Rock Songs chart and number 32 on the US Alternative Songs chart. Thanks to the track's success, the band signed a record deal with RCA Records soon after. The band subsequently performed their first live show in October 2018 at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles. They are currently on their first tour, taking place in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
On 18 January 2019, the band released the single "Arrow" and a music video premiered later that day. Time named it one of the best songs of the week, writing that "the song is filled with small surprises, like mini drum breaks and a groovy synth sequence that break it up into an unexpected composition that pulses with fresh energy." There has been speculation that the band are set to release their second record, reputedly named *7, due to teasers on the band's website and social media, as well as at the end of the band's music video for "Still Feel" and "Arrow".