The Sempervivi biography begins with Kentucky scene stalwart Derek Price. He toured for years with Stellar Kin and Redfoot (Bad Apple Records), as well as Lexington’s Analog Apostles. In 2014, Price left the Apostles. Now, he would return focus to his own songs. Longtime fans noticed a more mature songwriting narrative which still hearkened his indie rock roots. The driven DIY artist covers every detail. He constantly books shows, records demos, and designs merch. It’s second nature.
The Bad Apple Records solo catalog began with 2015’s debut Artifacts acoustic EP. The self produced record embodied minimalism. A handful of mics captured the ambiance of an empty church sanctuary. After the release, Price played solo at a variety of venues. Bars, houses, and bookstores across the country heard his repertoire grow. New songs focused on fatherhood and political cynicism. His following grew. New songs began as full band demos. Therefore, the second record demanded great players to capture the sound.
Biography: full band transition and subsequent recordings
The “So Close” single and music video surfaced in 2017. Then, the full band EP “Always Alive” emerged. Zack Messick (Re-Education Camp) provided bass. Perry Ritter played lead guitar. Rob Hanna’s tight drums then rounded out the instruments. Finally, Beth Jenkins (The Jettisons) provided guest vocals. The pop punk and alt rock mix clocked in at just 17 minutes. More solo dates, as well as full band shows, followed to support the record.
The band biography took a turn in 2017, as Sempervivi expanded into a power trio. The band’s high energy punk rock set earned praise from both local and regional crowds.
The new band started writing and gigging, while preparing for their first full length, 2019’s Can’t Please Everyone. After the critically acclaimed LP dropped, the band weathered the pandemic and lineup changes. Sempervivi rededicated themselves to playing more gigs outside of Lexington. Bassist/Vocalist Justin Haglund and Drummer/Vocalist Conor Creech join Price to round out the punk rock group.
Critical praise for Sempervivi
(Artifacts is) a pretty breezy, fun EP with a lot of catchy guitar work, solid vocal performances, and an all around good batch of songs.
Always Alive hearkens back to the pop friendly, singer-songwriter indie rock of a bygone decade and pays homage to that era beautifully.
-The Heavy Haystack
Despite beginning 2019 with a new lineup, Derek Price and the guys in Sempervivi play a polished high energy set that any punk rocker would be happy to mosh to.