"It's music people know," Whitney said. "It's music we like."
The band gets along. Lost Cause's lineup has been fairly stable for the last decade, though it's a large cast of characters. Aside from Vickers and Whitney on guitar, Nibert on keyboard and Vicki singing vocals, the band also includes guitarist Bill Glover, bassist Dave Hudnall and drummer Kevin Levine.
Just about everybody contributes vocals, which is probably a good thing because Whitney said not everyone can make every show.
"Monty won't be playing Friday," he added. "He's doing something."
He didn't sound like he knew what exactly.
Levine is the latest addition. He joined Lost Cause two or three years ago.
"I filled in a few gigs for a couple of years before that," he said. "The other drummer, I think he moved away. So when the slot opened up, I stepped in.
"Time flies when you're having fun," he added.
Whitney said, "We never meant for it to be a serious band. We just play what we like."
Whitney also plays in more serious bands, bands that write their own material or that have a more business-like approach. Among others, he plays saxophone for the Magic Moment Band, InFormation and The Velvetones.
"But with Lost Cause, I sing and play guitar," he said. "It's different for me, I guess."
He doesn't say for sure, but there are things he's done with Lost Cause that he probably wouldn't do with any of those other bands. Because there isn't the pressure to make a buck, they can have fun with the crowd and be silly.
On occasion, Lost Cause dresses up for shows. They've appeared as pirates and flying monkeys.
It's not as easy as it sounds.
"Playing with wings wasn't easy," Levine said. "I think I was halfway through our first set before I got used to them."
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