by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Cover songs are a tricky business. If they stray too far from the original, fans attack it for ruining something good. But if the cover doesn’t change enough, fans complain that it was an unoriginal cop out. There’s a fine line between the two that must be nailed for a cover to be considered successful.
But Light Years decided to go for it anyway, and take things a step further by releasing an EP of acoustic covers. Trying To Be, out this past October, features three covers of songs by blink-182, Tegan and Sara, and Saves The Day.
Opener “Everytime I Look For You,” is taken from blink-182’s Take Off Your Pants And Jacket. The original version is an excitable, over-caffeinated jam with lead vocals helmed by Mark Hoppus. However, Light Years took the song and stripped everything away — the effect leaves it feeling hollowed out and empty, though not necessarily in a bad way. It’s just like Light Years could’ve taken some more risks in their attempt to make this song their own, but opted not to.
Each year those behind PropertyOfZack get the chance to work with and befriend new and incredible people in our every growing music scene. Last year we teamed up with Team Pagano and Still Alive to honor just a few of the many great bands we work with, and we’re continuing the tradition this year with Be Part Of Something Part II, and Glamour Kills are joining us for the fun.
Volume II is available for free download now and boasts 42 tracks both new and previously released featuring bands like The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball, Fireworks, Misser, With The Punches, and so, so many more.
Stream and download Be Part Of Something below!
A Loss For Words, Stickup Kid, and Light Years just finished up a tour together, among a few other great bands, and we’re stoked to have the three bands together for a new Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Saves The Day – Stay What You Are
Gets me through late night drives through the mountains. - Matty
Acceptance - Phantoms
Great memories from 2006 maverick tour. - Matty
The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site
Great driving music. - Mikey
Ben Rector - Something Like This *Song is not on Spotify
He is the master of writing the perfect pop song. - Mikey
Hall and Oates - Greatest Hits
C’mon it speaks for itself. - Chris
Rancid - …And Out Come The Wolves
Gets me in the zone. – Chris
Propagandhi - Failed States
Record totally shreds man. - Marc
Mark Knopfler - Sailing to Philadelphia
Music genius - Marc
Hellions - Die Young.
Bare Bones - Villains EP
Both great records from Aussie lads and gets me pumped to play shows. - Pete
Playlist for our recent tour with A Loss For Words, Handguns, and Major League!
Against Me! - I was a Teenage Anarchist
I was never a huge Against Me fan but recently stumbled across “White Crosses” and have been jamming it a lot lately. I guess most “real” Against Me fans don’t like this one but hey, I’m a poser.
blink-182 – Go
blink is always in constant rotation for me and I don’t go too long without listening to them or I start to get symptoms of withdrawal. Recently been into the “Untitled” record again and looking forward to hearing their new stuff.
Tegan and Sara - How Come You Don’t Want Me
I wasn’t initially sold on Tegan and Sara ditching their acoustic guitars for keyboards and electronic drums, but fuck this record is phenomenal. This is a great song that will be stuck in your head while you pout over your ex-love.
NOFX- Thank God It’s Monday
Ok so not only is this song a ripper (yes I said ripper) but it is also very relatable for me. Fat Mike sings about his love for Mondays because everyone else is at work and he can do whatever he wants without much interference. Now, Mondays are 99% my day off from work as well and I love it. The Dunkin Donuts by my house sells any sized coffee for only $1 on Mondays, and then the Kent movie theater shows all movies for only $5 and you get a free popcorn! Like, c’mon! Best day.
New Found Glory - Connect the Dots
There’s always a little bit of anxiety and fear when one of your long time favorite bands is going to release new music and possibly let you down, (i.e. Saves the Day) but New Found Glory did not disappoint with this one. It reminds me of Catalyst era NFG which is fine by me.
Light Years are releasing a covers EP on October 23rd called Trying to be…, and PropertyOfZack is excited to be streaming the band’s cover of Saves The Day's “All-Star Me” today. Pickup the band's full-length, I Won’t Hold This Against You, here, check out their upcoming tour with Handguns and A Loss For Words, and listen to the cover of “All-Star Me” below!
Light Years will be releasing a covers EP on October 23rd called Trying to be… The band has released their first cover of Tegan And Sara’s “Back In Your Head” here. Check out the artwork and track listing for the EP below after the jump.
Light Years Announce ‘Trying to be…’ Covers EP
Light Years have announced that they will be releasing a covers EP on October 23rd called Trying to be… The release features blink-182, Tegan And Sara, and Saves The Day covers and will be released for a free download for fans in celebration of their debut full-length, I Won’t Hold This Against You (order here), and their upcoming tour with Handguns and A Loss For Words. Check out the EP artwork, track listing, and premiere info below!
A Loss For Words, Handguns Tour With Major League, Light Years
Producer Will Yip will be releasing his Off The Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilation on October 8th. The comp will feature exclusive (new) and previously unreleased songs from bands like Title Fight, Circa Survive, Balance and Composure, Man Overboard, Citizen, Turnover, Daylight, Koji, Tigers Jaw, Polar Bear Club, Dead End Path, Sainthood Reps, Mongoloids, None More Black, Light Years, Pity Sex, and Anthony Green. Check out the artwork and track listing below after the jump.