Where has An Honest Year Been hiding for so long? An Honest Year is an incredibly talented pop punk band from Phildephia, PA. They originally began in 2012, and the Horizons EP is their latest release. The EP came out in October 2014, and in this case of its discovery -its better late than never.
If you are a fan of pop punk at all, its highly recommended that you check out An Honest Year. This EP in particular has a little bit of everything. A song for those who have been facing the "friendzone", another for those spurred from a relationship that clearly ended on a sour note.
The best parts though are the final two tracks, which are great uplifting tracks. "Chin Up, Kid." is the perfect thing to remind people that the storms don't last forever, and that things will get better. It also is the perfect reminder that people are not just their struggles, they're much more to that. . "I'm more than this. I've tried and come so far. These days I miss, they're gone, but I'll hold on to who I am. While trying to get them back again." He's telling a personal story, all while reaching out to people. That's just about the best thing a musician can do.
"Don't let them bring you down, 'cause all the struggles you face come around."
He continues to tell stories on the final track, "Through The Night." Rather than explain, we'll just let the lyrics explain for themselves. "I thought to my future, and all its demons. A life long search for constant reason to get out of my bed. Listen to the voice inside my head, its trying to tell me to cope with all these different standards. Laying life to please the crowd, its hard to do when there's too much to handle. Hope to turn this life around."
Some of those lyrics may be wrong, as we were listening to it, not copying them down. You get the jest, regardless. It tells the story of struggling with the things people tell you, verses who you are and what you want to be. Sometimes is horribly discouraging, but you have to hold on to you, not what the others say. He says that perfectly as well. I'm more than this. I've tried and come so far. These days I miss, they're gone, but I'll hold on to who I am. While trying to get them back again."
This is an incredible EP, and surely the rest of their discography is just as great. You can find all their music on iTunes, and you can find them all over the internet. This includes their website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr.
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