Ohio-bred Pop Punk band, Light Years, have matured and surpassed the years of teenage angst and are sharing their inner opportunities through their artistry and creating music that relates to real-world ambiguity. On the first anniversary of their Rude Records debut, ‘I’ll See You When I See You’, I caught up with the guys to discuss the chemistry behind the band, their perception of the state of the music industry today, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Light Years?
Light Years is a pop-punk-rock band from Cleveland Ohio area. Made up of Pat Kennedy on guitar and vocals, Tommy Englert on bass, Andrew Foerst on guitar, and Kent Sliney on drums. We have been playing our mediocre songs across the globe for about 6 years now.
Congrats on your latest acoustic EP, ‘Lite Years’. What is the story behind taking the acoustic route?
We thought it would be a cool idea and fun to rework our songs in a different vibe that we hadn’t done before. We also did a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s song “Atlantic City.” The original is just Bruce and his guitar, so we tried adding a full band vibe to give it a different spin. I think it turned out great, but what do I know.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about your favorite pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
I got 90% of my tattoos from Jesse Strother from Three Anchors TattoO in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. He has a very unique style of traditional tattooing and I love every piece he has done on me. My favorite is this large gypsy type lady he did on my forearm that is insanely detailed. Another of my favorite pieces is a penguin with a parachute done by Dani Queipo who works in London at Seven Door tattoo. He described the tattoo as the only way a penguin can fly! Lol so it’s kind of like following your dreams.
Are there any musicians in specific that you would like to work with?
Blink-182 would be a dream come true if we ever got a chance to work with them. Or even meet them, or like see them.
How much impact do you perceive the physical surroundings of a band influences its music?
I think location has a lot to do with a band’s sound. Some bands just sound like “California.” You just know. Bands that are from more desolate and depressing areas usually have more angst and anger in their songs. A band from Detroit will most likely have different things to say then a band from Orlando.
Have all of the band members known each other for quite some time? Tell us the story behind Light Years coming to life.
Tommy and I (Pat) have been friends for 10+ years. We had played in other bands that sucked until we met the rest of the guys in Light Years when we were half ass attending college at Kent State. Dropped out fairly quickly and started touring. The rest is history.
Any upcoming tour plans? Fill us in.
We love touring and will be hitting the road again very soon. Trying to get to some new places we haven’t played yet.
What is your perception of the state of the music industry today?
I think the music industry is starting to become more insignificant. The internet has changed the industry in a way that I think is for the better. Anyone can record a song in their bedroom and then put it out there for the whole world to listen to all in one day if you want.
What fellow Rude Records act is your favorite at the moment and why?
I really enjoy the band Blood Youth that is also on Rude Records.
Last but certainly not least, message to your fans?
Thanks to anyone and everyone that has supported us thus far. We hope to see you all soon.