Don’t judge a book by a cover. That is the first thing I think of when I listen to North Carolina Alt rockers, Another Lost Year. You see, the winged skull on the cover of Another Lost year’s album Better Days would have me believe that ALY is a metal band. I would not consider ALY’s music metal, but alternative hard rock more in vain of Candlebox, Live and Three Doors Down. They might be a little heavier than those bands, but when I listen to Better Days, these are the bands that come to mind.
Another Lost Year’s music has grown on me quite a bit over the last few weeks. There are several songs that could easily be radio singles on this album and two ( “War On The Inside” and “Writing On The Wall”) already have been.
Clinton Cunanan has a pretty solid voice, and his voice help propel my favorite tracks on Better Days including “War On The Inside”, “Broken” and “Runaway”. I don’t like it when they tread into screamo territory, but there is very little of that on this album.
Better Days also features a great duet with singer Lish Rimer on the song “Angels”. This song ought to be a big hit for Another Lost year. Check it out below!
Overall, Better Days is a solid album, and will likely get a lot of mileage on the radio for ALY. If you check out one new band in 2013, you could do a lot worse than Another Lost Year. Check them out on facebook at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Better Days
02. War On The Inside
03. All That We Are
05. What I Deserve
08. Last Goodbye
09. Writing On The Wall
10. Come And Gone
11. Forgot About Us
Another Lost Year is:
Dave Whitaker – Guitars
Clinton Cunanan – Vocals & Guitar
Adam Hall – Guitars & Vocals
Lee Norris – Drums
Jason Lovelace – Bass
Charlotte, North Carolina’s Another Lost Year is going to release their debut album, Better Days, August 14th via Thermal/Megaforce. The album is produced by Justin Rimer (12 Stones). Check out the first single and video, “War On the Inside” below.
Another Lost Year has announced some new tour dates around the U.S. Check below for dates.
Amos Southend (w/DAYS OF NEW) in Charlotte, NC on 6-16
Partners Night Club (w/ONE LESS REASON) in Grenada, MS on 6-23
Planet Rock (w/THE SAMMUS THEORY) in Battle Creek, MI on 7-05
Uli’s Haus of Rock in Lansing, MI on 7-06
Planet Rock (Showboat Pre-Party) in Battle Creek, MI on 7-13
Uli’s Haus of Rock (w/WAYLAND) in Lansing, MI on 7-19
Bar 3 in Rockford, IL on 7-27
Amvets Park (HOG JAM) in Hillsboro, OH on 7-28