Exclusive: Life On The Sideline EP announcement, music video premiere

Since releasing Honesty Is A Dying Breed two years ago, Life On The Sideline has remained active on the road and is now ready to unveil its upcoming EP, Never Settle. To kick things off, we're premiering the music video for the band's new single, "Echo", which tells the sad story of a young girl reminiscing times spent with her deceased partner. While not a pop punk song per se, it's as catchy as one with an infectious chorus that you'll inevitably get stuck in your head. The band's sound could be compared to that of Transit's and The Early November's. Fans can pre-order the EP on iTunes and CD here, before it's released on June 7th. […]

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Review: Lost Years - "Traditions"

Release InfoLost Years - Traditions
Release Date: January 7th, 2014
Record Label: Self-released
Pre-order: Digital

Gary, Indiana's Lost Years will be starting off the new year with the anticipated release of their third full-length record, Traditions. What separates Traditions from their previous work is the way they remain true to their influences by blending together traditional punk with a wholesome indie-rock sound. Each song provides listeners with the best of both worlds by casually alternating back and forth with melodically-energetic anthems to soothing songs that hit close to home.

From start to finish, Traditions is a genuine record that reflects on the natural progression of one's life through engaging listeners with a blissful melodic punk outlet that triggers reflective feelings of nostalgia. Belting out songs about drinking the night away and getting hung up on those who aren't worth the ground you walk on, the opening tracks, "The American Dream Is Dead" and "Strung Out And Hopeless" visually paint a picture for listeners by making them feel as if they're reliving similar memories.

Songs like "I've Lost My Marbles" and "I've Still Got A Soul Left To Lose" are also standalone tracks that introduce listeners to Lost Years' lighter and heartfelt sound. Lyrically, "I've Lost My Marbles" is a morbidly revealing song that fully accepts that the past cannot be resurrected. The honesty that is openly conveyed in lines like "I want to break my fucking teeth on the concrete next to where you said to me "You're everywhere and everyone that I want to be"" emphasize that losing touch with someone could be agonizing to go through, especially when the one you've cared about has dramatically changed from the person they used to be.

In contrast, "I've Still Got A Soul Left To Lose" is an uplifting song that strives to fight through insecurities of loneliness one day at a time. While lines like "I think it's time to let you know that all the love in life fades away" hint that finding love is a lost cause, hopeful lyrics like "I can't promise you roses, but you can have every piece left of me" proves that with time and patience, we all can find the strength to move forward and let new people into our lives again.

Another standalone track, "Fast Times At Calumet High" provides listeners with an upbeat tempo that embodies the uplifting and nostalgic spirit of Traditions. Reflecting back on the good old days of being young and reckless, "Fast Times At Calumet High" is a song that can definitely be added to your infinite playlist of feel good songs to listen to for late-night drives.

Last, but not least, the title track of this album Traditions gives the album a proper send-off with a heartwarming acoustic ballad. Ultimately, the final lines of this song "Sometimes life brings you to your knees and sometimes you might just find that tradition is all you need" tie together the main themes of this album. Even when life introduces various obstacles to overcome, there are many little things that we tend to hold onto to help us to get by one day at a time.

Each song on Traditions incorporates unique attributes musically and lyrically that can easily infatuate melodic punk-lovers. From those wasted nights you are trying to hopelessly forget, to reflecting back on memories worth holding onto, this is an album that can fill your heart with nostalgic memories from start to finish. Whether you find yourself listening to Traditions with a heavy heart or a hopeful mindset, it's guaranteed that this record will put a smile on your face.

1. The American Dream Is Dead
2. Strung Out & Hopeless
3. I've Lost My Marbles
4. Costanza, Can't Stand Ya
5. What It Feels Like To Be Alone
6. I've Still Got A Soul Left To Lose
7. Fast Times At Calumet High
8. Hell For The Company
9. Last Call (With Carson Daly)
10. Traditions

RIYL: Listen & Forgive by Transit, Put Yourself Back Together EP by Real Friends, The Light Under Closed Doors by The Swellers, So Long, Astoria by The Ataris

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