Cleveland, OH based Pop-Punk unit Light Years have weaved their way through the scene for almost a decade. Recently, they announced their forthcoming record ‘Afterlife’ is due out November 30th via Rude Records. Now, frontman Pat is here to give us a track-by-track insight into what can be expected from ‘Afterlife’…
Back Then – Back Then quickly became one of our favorites during the writing and recording process. It has that classic simple rock and roll vibe mixed with some new school punk rock which made a very cool song. Lyrically it was written about our first tours and this weird gap of time between high school and college where none of us knew what the hell we were doing (still don’t actually) so we pretty much did whatever we wanted.
Bottom of the Ocean – We went into some new territory for us on this one, it’s heavier, it has different time signature for us, and we really kinda went for it. I think the riffs are great and it is still super catchy. We had a lot of fun in the studio playing with the dynamics of the song. We wanted the verses to be softer and somber, but then make the choruses feel huge. I wrote the lyrics about the idea of how people love to say “follow your dreams” or whatever, but what happens when it doesn’t work out? You end up settling for a life you might have never wanted.
Lost on the Way Home – We wanted to keep the energy up on this one. Once it kicks in it doesn’t really let up at all. I love the driving bass and drum intro that Tomy and Kent came up with that really sets the tone for the song. As for the meaning behind the song, to me playing music has always been my cheap form of therapy. No matter what I am going through at any point in my life, just getting to plug in my guitar and bang out some chords usually helps me feel better, and this song will definitely be a fun one to do that too live.
It Doesn’t Matter – Another different vibe from our usual fare with this track. A more mid-tempo jam that has some cool dynamics in it. We used some cool guitar effects that make this song stand out a little differently than the others on the record. The lyrics were kind of me battling with the thought of what will my life be like when Light Years isn’t a thing anymore. (which is hopefully never!)
Graveyard – Kicking the energy back up here with this one. This song felt like a more traditional Light Years song from years past, but we tried some interesting things in the bridge and other spots to keep it sounding new. When I am home I work at a pizza place (believe it or not being a band makes me no money!) and it is right next to a cemetery. A lot of times I’ll see funeral processions go by on the street, and I always think how that must be one of the worst days of those peoples lives, but to me, it’s just another boring day at work. So it is kind of dark but I guess I just thought a lot about when we die, most of the world does not care.
How Are You – With this song it was all about the main riff that almost plays throughout the entire song. It is a pretty simple song, but those are usually my favorites. The melody is super catchy and sounds just like an awesome pop rock song from the 90s or something. Plus it is always nice to get to throw in a kick-ass guitar solo whenever we get the chance.
Should Have Been – Coming after the mid-tempo speed of “How are You” we crank it back up with this jam. We kept it short and sweet, and straight to the point. A lot of times you can think about what you should have or could have done differently in your life, but you either learn from it and keep going or give up. And that’s where the lyrics came for this one.
Bottle Rocket – This song took on a few different forms during the writing process, and finally came together in the studio with some help from our producer Will Yip. We originally had the idea to make it more of a chill laid back track, but in the studio, it turned into a full-blown rocker. Sometimes it just takes an outside ear to find the missing piece of the song and make it what it should be, and that’s what Will does for us. I’m glad we stuck with it because it has become one of our favorites on the album.
Burning In My Blood – This was a very fun song to write and record. It started with Tommy just messing around with the riff on bass at practice and we all kind of joined in and wrote it very organically. We didn’t want to overthink it too much and kept it simple and straightforward. Sometimes you need a reminder of why you do the things you do. For me music is just something I want and love to do, so whether anyone is listening I still have to drive to do this, and that is what the song is about.
Paradise – We were on the fence going into the studio about this one, but after we laid it down we loved it. It is pretty much a party start to finish and if you don’t like it then you have no soul.
If I Knew Then – The biggest sounding song on the record and it had to be the closer. More of a serious song about childhood memories and regrets throughout my life, and having to deal with loss and realizing you still have to keep going. The outro has 4 different vocal melodies going at once, tons of wild percussion, and big big guitars. WIll really helped us make this song sound huge and make it the perfect way to end this record.
‘Afterlife’ is due out November 30th via Rude Records. Save the date!