In Light of Summer

by So Last Year

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about

Looking back on almost a year of recording, it is truly daunting to think of how much time and energy went into this record. In August of 2014, Adam George and I went to visit Steve Sopchak to have him look over the songs I had picked out. Out of the dozen or so I had meticulously picked from a myriad of song ideas, Steve helped me to narrow my vision for the album and trim away some of the unnecessary moments. After that, I spent one to two days a week in studio from August to June, and eventually adding in writing days every week to help finish off the lyrics. This album is something that I built into my life, and really put a lot of my heart into. There are some people that need appreciation for what they have done behind the scenes.

I would like to thank Bryan Struczewski, for helping me tune and set up my drums before tracking, they ended up sounding magnificent. And also for coming into Jay Pasamonte’s studio to help shape the R & B section for Only the Beginning, his help was incredibly valuable. My brother Raleigh who, during my serious writers block in the winter, took the time to help me flesh out lyric ideas. On My Way and You Can Imagine the Wild Times would not have been as full and colorful without his help. Curtis, for listening to my ideas, mixes and spending week after week meeting with me to go over lyrics, and listen to me talk about the mixes. Jon, for being with me from the beginning and listening to all of my ambitions and music plans since before I can remember, you have always been down to try whatever artistic endeavor I have dreamt up. My parents, not only for raising me within reach of many instruments and space to play music, but for putting up with the many, many noisy practices while I developed my writing and performing. Stephanie, for allowing me to pursue my music fully and for understanding what a huge time commitment it is, and for being supportive in general. God, for His grace on my life, the abilities He has given me, and for all of the wonderful people he has placed around me.


Thank you to anyone who bought this record, came out to a show, or just connected with our music.

You have made the journey worth it.

credits

released July 24, 2015

All drums, guitar, piano and vocals on this album were tracked by Logan Van Epps, with the exception of Hold Onto Me which had all instrumentation recorded by Jonny Cummings. Bass was recorded by Adam George, who also played the guitar solos for In Light of Summer, 490 West, The End of My Excuses pt. II, You Can Imagine the Wild Times, What We Found When We Weren’t Looking, and Only the Beginning.


All recording was done at RCI Studios by Adam George, with the exception of Hold Onto Me which was recorded by Sam Polizzi, the electronic sampling in Only the Beginning was done by Jay Pasamonte. All final mixing and mastering was done by Steve Sopchak at Square Studios.

Music and Lyrics by Logan Van Epps on 490 West, I’ll Walk Myself Out, On My Way, Unfinished Business, Hold Onto Me

Music by Logan Van Epps, And lyrics by Logan Van Epps and Curtis Matteson on In Light of Summer, The End of My Excuses pt. II, You Can Imagine the Wild Times, Never Go In Against A Sicilian When Death Is On the Line, All I Need, Only the Beginning

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So Last Year Rochester, New York

Vibrant pop/indie rock washed in piano, riddled with guitar solos and firmly grounded in prog, musical theater, and soul.

"Unbrandable pop" -Gannett

After a young adulthood filled with writing, and several years singing and arranging for the prog/post-hardcore group Inneriot, Logan started the project by himself, but over time it would evolve into more of a group effort.
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Track Name: In Light of Summer
First light on the longest day of the year.
You’ve got the look in your eye that tells me
I’ve got the same feeling that you do
Let’s just take our chance and go now.

Tell me all of your dreams and your plans let’s combine all of them to create something grand.

I’m on the top of the world today, you look so good I’m feeling ok. If you would take my hand well make it out, make it out, make it out run away with me tonight

With every town we leave in our rear view
The sun shines a little more brightly
Home is behind with the wild ahead
Let’s not stop till we hit the coast

We’ll steal a piece of heaven for ourselves
Somewhere that we can both clear our heads
And when I feel the waves under my feet
I’ll know that we’re ok

Tell me all of your dreams and your plans let’s combine all of them to create something grand.

I’m on the top of the world today, you look so good I’m feeling ok. I’ve got your hand if you’ve got my heart, girl. Don’t ever leave, don’t ever leave, don’t ever leave.
I’m on the top of the world today, you look so good I’m feeling ok. If you would take my hand well make it out, make it out, make it out run away with me tonight

Don’t know where, where we want to go,
Let’s hold nothing back.
See the world before we’re old.

Tell me all of your dreams and your plans let’s combine all of them to create something grand.

I’m on the top of the world tonight; you look so good in these city lights. I’ve got your hand if you’ve got my heart girl, don’t ever leave don’t ever leave don’t ever leave.
I’m on the top of the world tonight; you look so good I’m feeling alright if you would
Take my hand well make it out, make it out, make it out run away with me tonight.
Tonight.
Track Name: 490 West
You’re standing in the Summer sun, I can still smell the air.
A smile plays across your lips we carry on without a care.
So here’s to now, to when we found it all
Eyes blue like the sky above us, I feel the waves pull at my feet.
I hope this will never fade away, with your laughter surrounding me.
So here’s to this, to when we had it all

I have done all that I can (I have done all that I can), I don’t know what else to do (I have done all that I can), so what have I got to lose?

(If it’s okay by you) I’ll hold tightly to everything you said to me (If it’s okay by you) I’ll leave the door open a crack in case you ever want to come back (If it’s okay by you) I’ll keep each memory we had in a shoebox in the back of my heart (If it’s okay by you) I’ll be waiting for you to come back to me

Falling into who we are, drifting further every day.
I feel helpless as you let me go, wishing you would always stay. (feelin helpless)
So here’s to then, before we lost it all

I have done all that I can (I have done all that I can), I don’t know what else to do (I have done all that I can), so what have I got to lose?

(If it’s okay by you) I’ll hold tightly to everything you said to me (If it’s okay by you) I’ll leave the door open a crack in case you ever want to come back (If it’s okay by you) I’ll keep each memory we had in a shoebox in the back of my heart (If it’s okay by you) I’ll be waiting for you to come back to...

I’ll be waiting for you to come back...

I have done all that I can (I have done all that I can), I don’t know what else to do (I have done all that I can), so what have I got to lose?

(If it’s okay by you) I’ll hold tightly to everything you said to me (If it’s okay by you) I’ll leave the door open a crack in case you ever want to come back (If it’s okay by you) I’ll keep each memory we had in a shoebox in the back of my heart (If it’s okay by you) I’ll be waiting for you to come back to me.
Track Name: The End of My Excuses pt.II
I’m giving the love that I want to see
In hopes that it will come back to me.
But we take all the Grace given us
but deal it out like there’s already enough.
I’m singing the melody I already knew as I try and
move to the beat that You want me to. Whoah
And so we’re pushing through everything that holds us back.
because we’re gonna make it, we’re gonna see it through.....

We live like we love: passionately. We love with a grace we want to see.
One/day all we’ll have is stories and songs. But this is our chance to sing along...tonight.

Tell me does it ring true, tell me do you feel like you’ve got the words locked in your heart. I don’t want to ever sing like I will/move to the beat when it’s only safe to start. Set it off (set it off) Set it off, like we’ve got no time to waste like we’ve no time now. Set it off (set it off) set it off, Like we have got to move, like we have got to live.

Can we give? Can we live? Can we forgive?

We live like we love: passionately. We love with a grace we want to see.
One/day all we’ll have is stories and songs. But this is our chance to sing along...tonight.

I’m letting go of everything I thought I needed, I’m letting go of all the things that held me by my feet. I’m letting go of everything that holds me down, keeping me from being the man I need to be.

I’m letting go of all the things that I’ve held so dear but secretly drove all of my doubts and fear. Moving past all of these futile games; I won’t accept any more of the same. Burn all the bridges and leave them behind, there won’t be any going back this time, I know I’m leaving a million loosened ends untied, but I, I will let it all go.

We live like we love: passionately. We love with a grace we want to see.
One/day all we’ll have is stories and songs. But this is our chance to sing along!!!
We live like we love: passionately. But this is our chance to sing along tonight. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Sing along tonight. Sing tonight. Sing along tonight.

But we’re gonna fight it, oh fight it. We’ll make it through this.
But we’re gonna fight it, oh fight it. We’ll make it through this.
Track Name: I'll Walk Myself Out (Moving On)
She was a swing singer. I was a soul/rock and roll boy.
We had that eyes-light-up, heart-skip-a-beat kind of rush; the kind to melt those stubborn autumn days. We sang harmony, in key locked down right onto the beat.
We had it good, had it real, had that chemical feel when she took everything and threw it away...

She said, “I’m moving on, I’ve got to move on.” Its okay girl I got my songs. I got my songs.

She’d had her heart broken, I had never been in love before. She had me losing sleep, wearing it all on my sleeve and feeling lonely. We sang harmony: in key, locked down right onto the beat. We had it good, had it real, had that chemical feel when she took everything and threw it away...

She said, “I’m moving on, I’ve got to move on.” Its okay girl I got my songs. I got my songs. Oh. “I’m moving on, I’ve got to move on.” Its okay girl I got my songs. Ohhh, I got my songs.

Sometimes I catch myself looking down the road, like I’m waiting for you, I hear you calling me in the distance. I need you now, I need you sometimes so bad, bad, bad, bad. When you love so much it hurts, and making up just makes it worse. You promised never to give up on me. Yeah.

Said, “I’m moving on, I’ve got to move on.” Movin’. Won’t you sing along?“I’m moving on, I’ve got to move on.” Its okay girl cause I got my songs. I’ve got my songs.

She was a swing singer. I was a soul/rock and roll boy. We had that eyes-light-up, heart-skip-a-beat kind of rush; the kind to melt those stubborn autumn days.
Track Name: You Can Imagine the Wild Times
Would you dance in the rain with me, would you let yourself go now, would you be honest, just look at us girl, we’ve got a chance at something real?

Black tie, slow music everyone’s dressed to the nines. I’m on the edge of my seat, who knew Thursday’s could feel so fine. And then I notice across the isle all but stealing the show. You standing there so picture perfect, and I just need to know...

Would you dance in the rain with me? Would you let yourself go now?
Would you be honest ,just look at us girl, we’ve got a chance at, something real?
Would you breathe in the night with me, would you let yourself go now?
Would you be honest ,just look at us girl, we’ve got a chance at, something real?

Tap tappin’ my feet, bodies move to the beat, while I sit all alone. Then you collapse in a set nearby and I suddenly feel at home. The song stops but the lights keep shining I’m suddenly lost for words. You catch your breathe while I catch your eye and try to work up the nerve, oh.

Would you dance in the rain with me? Would you let yourself go now?
Would you be honest ,just look at us girl, we’ve got a chance at, something real?
Would you breathe in the night with me, would you let yourself go now?
Would you be honest ,just look at us girl, we’ve got a chance at, something real?

And I won’t let this chance escape, now I’ve found you and I won’t be leaving alone.
And I won’t let this chance escape, now I’ve found you and I won’t be leaving alone. Oh.
And I won’t make the same mistake, now I’ve found you and I won’t be leaving alone.

Would you dance in the rain with me? Would you let yourself go now?
Would you be honest ,just look at us girl, we’ve got a chance at, something real?
Would you breathe in the night with me, would you let yourself go now?
Would you be honest ,just look at us girl, we’ve got a chance at, something real?

Would you dance? Would you dance?
And I won’t let this chance escape, now I’ve found you and I won’t be leaving alone.
Track Name: On My Way
Downstairs is the old upright piano. With broken keys, pedals that creak and a warm familiar sound. See the notes they dance around my head. Like answers to the question that just don’t want to be found.

I may never see the end of this, and all of the heart I pour out, and everything I try to do may never be enough.

I always knew that this wasn’t going to be easy. But I never dreamed that this would be so hard but now I know that the uphill climb will try so hard to defeat me. But I never dreamed this would be so hard but I’m on my way.

Step back and look at everything we have done so far. Endless evening bringing songs to life. We see no end in sight when we look ahead. But what will keep me strong, keep me moving on and guide me through the night?

And I may never see the end of this, and all of the heart I pour out, and everything I try to do may never be enough...

I always knew that this wasn’t going to be easy. But I never dreamed that this would be so hard but now I know that the uphill climb will try so hard to defeat me. But I never dreamed this would be so hard. Oh.

Through all the weeks and tired years, trying to please tired ears while holding onto ourselves. Oh. And though the road may not rise to meet me as long as I can I will continue to sing.

I always knew that this wasn’t going to be easy. But I never dreamed that this would be so hard but now I know that the uphill climb will try so hard to defeat me. But I never dreamed, But I never dreamed!
I always knew that this wasn’t going to be easy. But I never dreamed that this would be so hard but now I know that the uphill climb will try so hard to defeat me. But I never dreamed this would be so hard but now, now I’m on my way.

But I’m on my way.

(Downstairs is the old upright piano) With broken keys, pedals that creak and a warm familiar sound.
Track Name: Unfinished Business
Against the wall in a room of strangers. I tune out the noise, and think of you. Tired empty faces carry conversations and I wont admit it but I know were through.
Break the ice with cheap respects, with this sinking feeling locked inside my chest. Winter cold brings memories of everything we used to be and the doubt falls steadily.

Given enough time, I’ll figure out why you thought I wasn’t worth or how I struck out. Cut you out of my thoughts because everything has changed between us.

Maybe I’m too stubborn too see the obvious in front of me. Nervous steps led me up to the door/where the truth couldn’t be ignored in shock I sat on dirty steps and stared down at the floor.
And everything feels wrong, everything’s collapsed, everything is broken up. Every question I screamed to city sky echoed back to me empty.

Given enough time, I’ll figure out why you thought I wasn’t worth or how I struck out. Cut you out of my thoughts because everything has changed between us.

I never thought I could feel, so bruised, so used, so useless but I know in the end I’ll be fine I’ll move on I’ll get through this.
I’ll get through this.

Given enough time, I’ll figure out why you thought I wasn’t worth I or how I struck out.

Given enough time, I’ll figure out why you thought I wasn’t worth or how I struck out. Cut you out of my thoughts because everything has changed between us. Everything has changed between us.
Track Name: Hold Onto Me
Hold on, hold on, hold on to me.

So here we are carrying on, side by side like we have for so long. Hiding doubts that we hold in. Moments collect and turn into years, facing the future with uncertain fears. Building love to grow old in.

Hold on, hold on, hold on to me. Hold on, hold on, hold on to me.

Finding ourselves arguing on, tearing apart what has held for so long. All the sweet moments fade out. I push ahead while you fall behind, keeping the score till we both lose our minds. All these games seem so played out.

Hold on, hold on, hold on to me. Hold on, hold on, hold on to me.

Bridge: All of the fights and the sharp, bitter words burn till we cannot extinguish the hurt. Pushing ourselves to the edge but not daring to let go. Look in my eyes, yeah we’ll figure this out. You stop the panic and I’ll kill the doubt. Now at the end of it all we both know we belong.

Yeah you got to hold on, hold on, hold on to me. Yeah you got to hold hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on to me.
Track Name: Never Go In Against A Sicilian When Death Is On the Line
Wake from my restless sleep playing back my dreams, drink my morning cup. Step into my routine getting on my feet, pour out my heart and hope its enough.

When the world is crashing down, gather your courage; stand your ground. I believe that this will all turn out right in the end. We’ve a chance to break the curse, there is no best without the worst. Redemption waits with open arms again.

So roll with the punches and move to the beat. It’s just another wave crashing onto your beach. For the moment it’s hopeless, but you’ll make it in the end.

Wake from my hopeful youth, taste the bitter truth, see the world as is. I’ve been brought to my knees, desperate to believe anything that lets me feel the sorriest for myself.

When you feel you can’t go on, doing the right thing still feels wrong. Redemption waits with open arms again

So roll with the punches and move to the beat. It’s just another wave crashing onto your beach. For the moment it’s hopeless, but you’ll make it in the end.

Feeling the world caving in, feeling lost again. So sick of feeling hope, that twisted, tired joke. So sick of feeling hope, that tired twisted joke. Suspended between holding on to it all and giving it up for good.

When you feel the end is near, and shadows whisper in your ear.
Don’t you dare listen, don’t you dare.

So roll with the punches and move to the beat. It’s just another wave crashing onto your beach. For the moment it’s hopeless, but you’ll make it in the end.
Track Name: What We Found When We Weren't Looking
All I need is you/to bring me through this life that I am in, and take me over I’m overwhelmed as I battle with myself.

Stuck on the bright side of reality, and I falter at the sound of your name. Day by day my problems get to me, but I’ve got you and I can’t complain. All of the time that I spent with you I remember like old melodies. Every evening fades away so soon, but I’ve got you forever and these memories.

Thinking back to all of the times, you left a smile on my face. Makes me want to know that you’re mine, just tell me that you’re here to stay.

All I need is you/to bring me through this life that I am in, and take me over I’m overwhelmed as I battle with myself.

Stuck on the dark side of eternity, and I falter at the sound of your name. You brought to light all the hurt in me, but freely I’ll share in the blame. Seeking peace remembering all the ways that you let me down. All the same you got me through those days, and the doubt I’ve found.

Thinking back to all of the times, you left a smile on my face. Makes me want to know that you’re mine, just tell me that you’re here to stay.

All I need is you to bring me through this life that I am in, and take me over I’m overwhelmed as I battle with myself.

Seeking peace; remembering all the ways/that you let me down.
All the same you got me through those days, and the doubt I’ve found.

All I need is you.

All I need is you to bring me through this life that I am in, and take me over I’m overwhelmed as I battle with myself. All I need is you to bring me through this life that I am in, and take me over I’m overwhelmed as I battle with myself.

Thinking back to all of the times, you left a smile on my face. Makes me want to know that you’re mine, just tell me that you’re here to stay.
Track Name: Only the Beginning
See the scenery/quickly pass me by.
Watch all the miles roll beneath; as we float on through the night

The engine is burning the last of the gasoline.
Passing all of the familiar signs, right where we left them.
The road that showed us the world now carries us home.

This is where we find ourselves, back where we belong.
Somehow after all this time we still sing the same old songs.
Oh we never know just what waits for us down the road.
But we’ll carry on, this is our moment.
So let’s not waste all of our life away.

So we unpack all our things and the memories we have collected
Speaking of who we were when this all began.
The only thing that keeps us awake is thrills that we have shared.
Maybe one day we can try it all over again.

This is where we find ourselves, back where we belong.
Somehow after all this time we still sing the same old songs.
Oh we never know just what waits for us down the road.
But we’ll carry on, this is our moment.
So let’s not waste all of our life away. So let’s not waste all of our life away.

You know where we wanted to go, holding nothing back.
Seeing the world before we’re old. Sure as Spring follows the cold
We will be back in the unknown, once again.

This is where we find ourselves. (Back where we belong)
Somehow after all this time... (We still sing the same old songs)
Oh we never know just what waits for us down the road.
But we’ll carry on, this is our moment.
So let’s not waste all of our life away...Yeah!!! So let’s not waste all of our life away.

Lay back, and I close my eyes. Seeing the road unfold before me, leading far away; places I will someday see.