POZ Review: Light Years - Temporary

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 10, 2014

by Ali Killian, edited by Erik van Rheenen

In this resurgence of pop-punk popularity, so many band names are thrown around it’s hard to keep track sometimes. Monikers such as The Story So Far, Handguns and Gnarwolves began clogging up my Facebook feed all at once, thanks to friends constantly gushing over them. Like many, I imagine, I wanted to delve into this generation of pop-punk, but was so overwhelmed with options I didn’t know where to start. Hell, even though I’ve listened to the entire Spotify discographies of two out of those three bands multiple times (Gnarwolves is still on my to-listen-to list) — and I liked what I heard — I still don’t know their music well enough to sing along at shows. Or, in some cases, I’m not able to tell Pop-Punk band A apart from Pop-Punk band B without spending countless free days I don’t have studying their nuanced differences.

Music from different bands can start to sound the same in mass quantities, pop-punk or not. Thanks to past experience, I figured it would be the same with Light Years. And at first, it was. Listening to 2012’s Just Between Us… and 2013’s I Won’t Hold This Against You, Light Years sounded to me very, very similar to old-school pop-punk greats like New Found Glory and blink-182, especially with how damn catchy the Ohio quartet’s music is.

However, with its new EP, Light Years has definitively broken away from its influences and contemporaries. Temporary showcases Pat Kennedy’s fully fleshed-out vocal identity, whole and polished, delivering thoughtful lyrics amidst individually distinguishable instrumentals slung from guitarist Andrew Foerst, bassist Tommy Englert and drummer Kent Sliney. Each instrument’s role is well defined and well executed, making Temporary easy to digest without sacrificing quality in craftsmanship. While each song produces one large sound, the focus is not on the whole but on the interaction between the parts – shout out to pop-punk production master Will Yip (Braid, La Dispute, Tigers Jaw).

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Travis Barker Making Movie Instead Of A Book?

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 5, 2014

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The singer of Light Years, Pat Kennedy, asked Travis Barker where his long awaited book is. It seems like we may be getting a movie instead.

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The Story So Far, Light Years, Elder Brother Announce Two Shows

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 5, 2014

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The Story So Far have added a few shows with Elder Brother and Light Years in November. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Light Years Stream ‘Temporary’ EP

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 4, 2014

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Light Years are releasing a new EP called Temporary on September 9th via Animal Style Records. Pre-order it here and stream the full thing via Pure Volume or below after the jump. 

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POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated September Releases

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 26, 2014

September is nearly here, and we’re continuing 2014 with a jam-packed month of releases that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated September Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!

Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living (09/09)
It’s been very fun watching Tiny Moving Parts grow over the past year and a half. I use fun because that’s the adjective that pops into my head when I think about the band. Yes, their lyrics are often sad and their guitars are more than often twinkly, but in spirit, I know three fun dudes are coming up with great songs.

Tours with Modern Baseball and The Front Bottoms, and soon Dads, sort of shape the band in a perfect mold between heavy hitting songs, but the kind that you want to make you happy, not sad.

I think I just created a new kind of emo. - Zack Zarrillo

The American Scene - Haze (09/09)
It’s been two years since The American Scene released the band’s sophomore album and I, for one, have been eagerly awaiting a follow up to the slow burning Safe For Now. And with fall around the corner, the time is right for a new release from the indie rockers: the band’s hazy tones and piercing vocals are the perfect pairing for those chilly nights. Haze is due out on September 9, and a number of tracks have already been released, including “Nails of Love,” “Royal Blue,” and “4th and Broadway.” Whereas the last album was beautifully deliberate and unhurried, these new tracks feature sweeping hooks and an invigorating haste. This is a band that I have long believed deserved far more attention than they’ve gotten, and I think they’re finally poised to make that happen. - Becky Kovach

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POZ Video Premiere: Light Years - “Aliens Exist (blink-182 Cover),” “Hindsight”

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 19, 2014

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Light Years played the Acoustic Basement on Warped Tour this summer. Zero Platoon filmed videos of frontman Pat Kennedy playing their own “Hindsight,” but also blink-182's “Aliens Exist” acoustically. The band will also be releasing a new EP called Temporary on September 9th via Animal Style Records that can be picked up here. Watch the two videos below after the jump.

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Light Years Stream ‘Temporary’ Title Track

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 13, 2014

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Light Years will be releasing a new EP called Temporary on September 9th via Animal Style Records. Pre-order the EP here and stream the title track here via AP.net or below after the jump.

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Turnover, Light Years Announce Fall Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 30, 2014

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Turnover, Light Years, and Malfunction will be going out on a tour in September and October. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Light Years Stream “Fall Apart” From ‘Temporary

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 14, 2014

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Light Years will be releasing a new EP called Temporary on September 9th via Animal Style Records. Pre-order the EP here and stream “Fall Apart” here via Alt or below after the jump.

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Light Years Join Animal Style Records For ‘Temporary’ EP

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 30, 2014

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Light Years will be releasing a new EP called Temporary on September 9th via Animal Style Records. You can check out the artwork and current tour dates below after the jump.

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Light Years Release Acoustic EP

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 19, 2014

Light Years are playing the Acoustic Basement Stage at Warped Tour this summer, so the band decided to release an acoustic EP. Pick up a copy here for just a buck or stream the EP here via AP.net or below after the jump.

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POZ Gallery

Jun 15, 2014

POZ Gallery: Skip School, Start Fights TourFeatures: Hit The Lights, Major League, Light Years, BrigadesLocation: Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Skip School, Start Fights TourFeatures: Hit The Lights, Major League, Light Years, BrigadesLocation: Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Skip School, Start Fights TourFeatures: Hit The Lights, Major League, Light Years, BrigadesLocation: Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Skip School, Start Fights TourFeatures: Hit The Lights, Major League, Light Years, BrigadesLocation: Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Skip School, Start Fights TourFeatures: Hit The Lights, Major League, Light Years, BrigadesLocation: Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Skip School, Start Fights TourFeatures: Hit The Lights, Major League, Light Years, BrigadesLocation: Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Skip School, Start Fights TourFeatures: Hit The Lights, Major League, Light Years, BrigadesLocation: Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo

POZ Gallery: Skip School, Start Fights Tour
Features: Hit The Lights, Major League, Light Years, Brigades
Location: Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
Photos By: Taylor Rambo

Light Years Stripped Down “Throwing My Life”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 14, 2014

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Light Years recently filmed an acoustic version of “Throwing My Life.” Watch the video below after the jump. 

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POZ Skate And Surf Preview: Our Must-See Bands (Day 2)

by Zack Zarrillo - May 16, 2014

Skate And Surf Festival is just a day away now, and we hope you’re all as excited as we are for an incredible weekend in Asbury Park, NJ. We thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Acts for the second day of the lineup today. Check out ticket/lineup information for the festival here, our list below, and reblog to let us know who we need to see while we’re at Skate this weekend!

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New Found Glory 
Pop-punk reigns supreme at Skate & Surf once again with the grandfathers of the genre headlining Sunday night. You already know exactly what you’re going to get from New Found Glory performing in a festival setting – a fast-paced run-through of their greatest hits, plus probably a cover of Green Day’s “Basket Case.” Despite knowing exactly what’s coming, it’ll probably be the most fun you’ll have all weekend. And if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll get to hear some new material. 

Circa Survive
Anthony Green is just truly insane. Circa Survive make really great music, but half of the fun of the band’s live show is just watching Anthony Green be kind of a freak. We all love it, and we know it’s going to be incredible. Plus, he’ll have just rocked out the day before with Saosin. This is Green’s weekend.

Light Years
While many young pop-punk bands are prone to dull live shows and clichés, Light Years stray away from those mistakes like veterans. They’ve only released one full-length album, but it gives off a slightly “grown-up” vibe; like they’ve already been through the angst and now they’re worried about making real-life mistakes that could actually tectonically shift their lives. It’s cathartic and loud and you won’t want to miss it. They also play Saturday night at an after-show with Knuckle Puck, so hit that if you’re worried about squeezing them into your schedule. 

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Skate And Surf After Party With Knuckle Puck, Light Years Now On Sale

by Zack Zarrillo - May 14, 2014

 Knuckle PuckLight YearsThe Weaks, and Back And Forth are playing a POZ/Bad Timing Records sponsored Skate And Surf after party on Saturday, May 17th that will kickoff at 10PM at The Wonder Loft in Asbury Park, NJ. Buy tickets right here and check out more details below after the jump.

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