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Light Years (pop punk) to release new covers EP – “Trying To Be…”

Ohio pop punk group Light Years have announced a new EP, called Trying To Be...

A fitting name for a release that will feature the band covering songs from Blink 182, Tegan and Sara, and Saves The Day. Check out the full track listing here.

Light Years will stream one new song each week (starting tomorrow, Oct. 9th) before the full EP is released October 23rd on Paper + Plastik Records.

Trying To Be… will available for free download in celebration of the band’s debut album, I Won’t Hold This Against You, which was released in June, also on Paper + Plastik Records.



Acoustic: Light Years on Punks In Vegas

Light Years frontman, Pat Kennedy stopped by Punks in Vegas’ Stripped Down Sessions recently to perform an acoustic version of “Uphill Battles” off the band’s recent release, I Won’t Hold This Against You.

Click here to watch the video.

I Won’t Hold This Against You was released on June 18th through Paper + Plastick Records.



Album Review: Light Years – I Won’t Hold This Against You

In reviewing Light Years’ first full length record I Won’t Hold This Against You, I had to be a more serious (mature?) critic than I usually am and resist the urge to dump the album after a couple of listens, dismissing the group behind it as yet another hopelessly derivative, Warped Tour bound, pop-punk/alternative  band. I also had to keep this piece from turning into yet another tired ‘defend/destroy pop punk’ rant.

So that’s what I did. I put the record on the back-burner for a while and came back to it a few weeks later after the initial insta-disgust with which I welcome most new pop-punk had worn away. Surprisingly enough, it sounded reasonably better.

So then, Light Years are a Cleveland Ohio pop-punk quartet and I Won’t Hold This Against You is their first full length release with Paper+Plastick Records, after a 2012 EP Just Between Us and an earlier self-released LP in 2010, neither of which I heard.

One thing I will not resist is the temptation to pigeon-hole them with the rest of today’s predominant pop punk bands, including most notably The Wonder Years, The Story so Far, Man Overboard, and Mixtapes. If you have any of these bands’ recent offerings in your ipod right now, chances are Light Years’ record will feel right at home in their company. They’ve also been touring all summer with Mixtapes and You Blew It!, so, you know, they all kinda go together.

To make sure you don’t give too much credence to the actual rating I gave the album, I’ll say this: I much preferred it to the last Wonder Years album which was reviewed very favorably on this here website. For one thing, Light Years has a mean guitar going on several tracks, which helps distinguish them from their peers who are often plagued by an ‘overproduced out of existence’ guitar work. This is obvious from the very first notes of the great album opener “Uphill Battles.” It is, however, the best guitar riff on the whole album in my opinion.

This is not to say that it’s all downhill from there (witty no?). Unarguably, the best song on that record comes a bit later, and it is called “Put Myself Together.” It recalls heyday era Blink 182 in the way the verse is given a central place in the song’s dynamic progression, making the chorus nothing more than a buildup to the next verse. This interesting twist, combined with the very satisfying guitar riff and the vocal harmonies, add up to an excellent example of pop-punk songcrafting, not so much for its originality, but for its effectiveness and quality.

Lyrically the album doesn’t stray very far from personal struggle, self-doubt, and perseverance through both.  If that doesn’t sound particularly inspiring, or very interesting, it’s because it isn’t. It also feels as if at times the songs are thematically out of sync with the mood that is established musically. “Hindsight” is a good example: the bouncy, poppy beat of the song clashes oddly with the whole ‘I run my hand across my father’s grave’ gloomy and introspective subject matter. Still, the overarching themes of the album, whether the insecurity brought about by looming adulthood or the nostalgia of fading youth, will resonate with a lot of listeners I’m sure.

And then I guess it really is all downhill; the rest of the album isn’t sloppy or utterly boring, but no other song achieves the same level as “Put Myself Together,” and so most songs seem easily forgettable. What I get from this, though, is a sense of potential, as if the band has it in them creatively and talent-wise to come up with a highly-successful pop-punk record, but just hasn’t reached that stage yet.

3/5 stars



Video: Light Years frontman plays acoustic version of “I Won’t Hold This Against You”

Light Years frontman Pat recently played “I Won’t Hold This Against You,” from the band’s new album of the same title, for a Neck Deep Media acoustic session.

You can check out the video right here.

“I Won’t Hold This Against You” was released on June 18th through Paper + Plastick Records.



Video: Light Years play “Parking Lots” and “Put Myself Together” on Quiet Country Audio

Ohio pop punks Light Years recently stopped by Quiet Country Audio to play a couple o’ songs.

Click here to watch videos of them playing “Parking Lots” and “Put Myself Together,” then head over here to listen to an EP recording during the session, which features two extra tracks – “Nice To Know You” and “To Live and Die.”

The band last released “I Won’t Hold This Against You” on June 18th via Paper + Plastick Records.



You Blew It! begin recording next LP; announce US summer tour with Mixtapes and Light Years

Florida’s You Blew It! have begun pre-production on their second full length album. Produced by Into It. Over It.’s Evan Weiss and engineered by Matt Jordan (Stay Ahead of the Weather, Cut Teeth), the album is expected to be released early 2014 via Topshelf Records.

The band has also announced a full list of US tour dates alongside  Mixtapes and Light Years, as well as dates with Modern Baseball and others. You can check out the dates right here.

You Blew It! last released a split with Fake Problems titled Florida Doesn’t Suck.



Full Album Stream: Light Years – “I Won’t Hold This Against You”

In response to a recent leak of their upcoming album, Ohio pop punks Light Years are streaming “I Won’t Hold This Against You” in its entirety.

Click here to check it out.

“I Won’t Hold This Against You” is set to be released on June 18th via Paper + Plastick Records.



Light Years premiere new song “Deadlines” from upcoming album “I Won’t Hold This Against You”

Ohio pop punks Light Years have premiered a new song called “Deadlines,” which will be appearing on their upcoming album “I Won’t Hold This Against You.”

Click here to give it a listen.

“I Won’t Hold This Against You” is set to be released on June 18th via Paper + Plastick Records.



Paper + Plastick post Summer Sampler 2013 (Light Years, Pentimento, The Swellers)

Paper + Plastick Records have posted their Summer Sampler 2013, which features tracks from Light Years, Pentimento, From Hell, and more.

Click here to check it out.

 



Light Years stream new song “Put Myself Together” off upcoming album “I Won’t Hold This Against You”

Ohio pop punk act Light Years are streaming a song from their upcoming albumI Won’t Hold This Against You,” titled “Put Myself Together.”

You can hear it here.

I Won’t Hold This Against You will be the band’s debut album, and is due out June 18th via Paper + Plastick Records.



Light Years streaming new track “Hindsight”

Ohio pop punk act Light Years are streaming a song from their upcoming album I Won’t Hold This Against You, titled “Hindsight.”

You can hear it here.

I Won’t Hold This Against You is the band’s sophomore album, and is due out June 18th via Paper + Plastick Records.



Light Years stream new song “Nice to Know You” from upcoming debut “I Won’t Hold This Against You”

Pop punk crew Light Years are streaming another new song from their upcoming Paper + Plastick debut “I Won’t Hold This Against You.” Check out the tune, “Nice to Know You”, here.

“I Won’t Hold This Against You” is due June 18th.



Mixtapes announce new album “Ordinary Silence” and tour

Mixtapes has announced that they will be releasing a new LP titled “Ordinary Silence” on June 25th, 2013 via No Sleep Records.

Immediately following the release of their new album, Mixtapes will be going on tour with You Blew It!, Light Years and other guests such as Modern Baseball and Last Call on select dates.

To view the tour dates, click here.



Light Years sign to Paper + Plastick, release video for “Parking Lots” off upcoming album

Paper + Plastick have just announced the signing of Ohio pop punk act, Light Years. You can check out a new song “Parking Lots” which is off the band’s EP of the same name here.

“Parking Lots” is also featured off the band’s upcoming album “I Won’t Hold This Against You” which will be released this summer.



Light Years announce April tour dates with Safe

OH pop punk kids, Light Years, have announced a short set of dates in April. They will be heading out with New York band, Safe. You can check out the dates here.

Light Years will release their debut album in spring 2013. They last released their “Just Between Us” EP earlier this year via Escapist Records.