Another Year Like This

by Answers & Echoes

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This album has been in the works for so many years; some of these songs date all the way back to 2012. For us, it chronicles a lot of feelings surrounding our 4 years in high school and our first year of college. Friendship, love, heartbreak, nostalgia, and uncertainty for the future. Hope I'm not coming off as a pretentious pleb while talking about this. The point is...this means a lot to us. Hopefully you love it as much as we do. We poured a lot of ourselves into these songs.

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released October 7, 2016

All songs & lyrics written by Answers & Echoes

Album mixed & mastered by Marc Amendola at Audio Hotel Recording

Album art by Cassie Podish

Answers & Echoes is:
Ben Bacal
Jack Depgen
Erik Schuessler
Tom Lewis

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pop punk, hardcore, connecticut

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Track Name: Who We Are Tonight
You know when she looks at me with those jade green eyes
I just can’t resist it
It just give into it
The way I feel when your hand falls into mine
Hold on tight
Stay with me tonight

Nights of the summer go on and they don’t seem to end
I’m feeling like we’re floating through life with no sense or the need to pretend
But I know we’ve wasted no time here; it’s made me who I am
Nights of the summer go on and they don’t seem to end
It’s made me who I am

These thoughts
These feelings
Are ours to hold when we can’t sleep at night
Stay out until the light
Here’s to moving forward
The best days of our lives
Stay with me
Just for tonight

Set our sights for the golden days
We’ll live our lives in a different way
And we don’t care if it sets us apart
It makes us who we are

We don’t care
It makes us who we are
Track Name: A Song About the Weekend
Driving down the highway
Now I finally see
What I learned and took away
When it was just you and me
Everything seemed fine
Everything seemed okay
But I never took it as a sign that everything was caused by me

I've been going on for awhile
Everyone’s suppressed my dreams
It’ll only be a couple miles
Till everyone will hear me scream

I’ll make everything alright
I just pray I can hold on tight
Cuz everything you do just drives me crazy
And I always knew this wouldn’t be easy

I can’t help but forgive and forget
And I never seem to learn
So I guess I’ll live with these regrets
While on this road of no return

I feel so alone
Why can’t I see
I’ve done this on my own
I’m missing what’s me
Track Name: Mirror Lake
I've been walking in circles and running in place and all I can see
Are the chances I bailed on, the times that I moved on, laid out in front of me
I have a tendency to ignore what feels right to me lately and it’s taking its toll on me
It's just that you have a way of pointing out the sort of things that I would never see

I know it's hard to sleep at night
When everyone's been losing sight of what matters
I know that feeling standing by
Just watching as your worlds collide and shatter
I know it's been exhausting watching me talk in circles
Just trying to salvage this but seeing a reversal
I know it's hard to sleep at night
Just watching as your worlds collide
I'd hope that you can see my side
Just don't want you to leave tonight

Late nights by Mirror Lake stumbling home
Wondering who I am, where I am, where I've gone wrong
I walked up, and I looked at my reflection
I grew up, but never settled on my direction

Late nights by Mirror Lake stumbling home
Wondering who I am, where I am, where I went wrong
I think you help me forget that I'm not where I could be
Cause up here in the cold with you feels like where I should be
I'm not where I could be
With you's where I should be

I've been blowing my voice out singing in my car
I've been falling asleep just wondering where you are
I've been wasting time and I just can't explain why I let it all go when I've so much left to gain
It's been god damn years and she's still getting to me
Not as a regret, but a warning
I've been pushing away and I just can't explain
Why I let it all go when I've so much left to gain
Track Name: Supermarket in Connecticut
I heard “Coffee Eyes” come on in Jack's car
And it never hit me as hard as it did then
When I realized that their booth on the back wall
Had really just been our bridge in the school hall all along

Where I’ve been all my life is where I wanna stay
I was tricked into thinking that home was something bleak and grey
But we’ve got these late night talks around these dim lit blocks
I hope my friends still feel the same

So now these nights are fleeting
Why are you leaving?
There’s so much left for us to see
I’ll keep everyone in my head
Tucked away, locked inside, I can’t bear to forget you or the others
There won’t be another year like this
Another year like this

Nostalgia still tears me at the seams
It makes me want to believe
That there’s something I’m still missing here
Give me back those 3 years

Where I’ve been all my life is where I wanna stay
I was tricked into thinking that home was something bleak and grey

So now I’m stuck staring at this screen until it’s morning
Didn’t get a wink of sleep, but I’m still breathing
The world kept on spinning last night
I think that I’ll make it out alright.
Track Name: Han Shot First
So here’s how it all began
You told me it was all okay
I thought it’d never happen again
I should’ve known you’d lie to me

Here’s to us finding peace
We don’t need each other
That’s alright by me
But what will you do when there’s no one left?
I certainly wish you the best

There’s no stopping it now
It’ll flow through your veins
Your life; you let me down
My life; I’ll take the reins

Where did it all go wrong?
You’ve lived a lie for your whole life
I’m tired of being dragged along
Well come on
Track Name: Tuesday Night Promises
You were a ray of sunshine
Who the fuck was I?
To think everything was fine
To never say goodbye

That I deserved so much, and
I tried so hard to make the pieces fit
Forcing them together with such carelessness
That we quit

I’ve got the devil on one shoulder
And his brother on the other
Telling me wait till you’re older
Before you put away this folder
How will I stay strong while I’m still feeling so wrong?

Now I’m spending lonely nights
Remembering all I can
And I’ll always think you were right
That I am just a man

And I’ll keep on missing you
And you’ll get over me
It’s just that I never knew
So much good could come from sharing tea

Most would leave the letters
Most would let them burn
But I’ll never forget all that I have learned
Track Name: Transparent
I don't know what I want but I know it's not this
You're all that I see, but it is what is
I don't care where you've gone and I hate to admit
I just want you here by my side
I know what I said by the side of mirror lake
And I'm willing to say that I've made a mistake
I wonder what you really wanted to say to me that night
I wonder what I'd have to say to make things right

You saw right through me
At midnight by the stairwell
Looking back, you know I meant well
Watch this consume me
Just laying in bed at 3AM
On a Thursday night wondering where you've been

I don't what I've gotten myself into
Was I naive to think I could see this through?
Still I'm drawn to you like a moth to a flame
But I hold myself back and I shoulder the blame
We both knew how this would end
But if you're down I'm happy just to pretend it's alright

I looked out the window at the bench outside of Belden
I relived my hesitation; I could've stopped, changed my direction
I'll say I don't dwell on the past while every failure's based on the last
And as much as I do hate this feeling I wouldn't trade these nights for anything

You owe me nothing and
I find myself hoping that we can let this run its course
And press rewind back to September
I let this go too far and I'm sorry
These days the way you used to come to me is all I can remember
I'm not what I used to be

I don't what I've gotten myself into
Was I naive to think I could see this through?
Still I'm drawn to you like a moth to a flame
But I hold myself back and I find myself hoping
We can let this run its course and press rewind back to September
I let this go too far and I'm sorry
These days the way you used to come to me is all I can remember
I'm not what I used to be
Track Name: Only You Know
I have lived my life questioning what will come to be
If there’s a god in heaven, what are his plans for me?
Will I achieve my dreams?
All my dreams

I don’t know what the future holds
But I’ll just dive right in
No regrets, no looking back
Here’s where it all begins

Nothing can bring me down
I’ll just come back around
My eyes are set on what lies ahead
It’s time to start it now
Erase all your fears
Take the wheel and steer your own life to where you want it to go
Because only you know

Just play the hand that you’re dealt
Think nothing else
You can’t go on without independence
Think for yourself; stop pretending

It feels like I’m on top of the world

I don’t know what the future holds
No regrets
Here’s where it all begins
Track Name: No More Wasting Time
I fell for it
And fell hard
I won’t ignore it
It’s gone too far

When will I take that one last step?
I’ve been in misery, there’s almost nothing I have left
When will I do this for myself?
It’s been about you for far too long
For far too long

Now I’m finally taking the time
Now I realize that you and I is not what I’ve always wanted
It’s hard to think about the time passed by
I cannot take it cuz I know that I am wasting the best years of my life

I never wished any harm on you
Though I don’t know what you took me for
That doesn’t change what you put me through
Will it keep me from walking out the door?

So far that’s what I’ve been held to
The decision grinds me down to the core
Cuz after what you’ve been known to do
I can’t seem to put myself first anymore

I’m wasting the best years of my life.
Track Name: San Amaro Drive
Trust me
I know what I did was wrong
But you took it out of hand
You had to be so headstrong

Feigning concern for me
Left me worse off actually
Did everything your way
And you got off scot-free

Look me in the eye
Before you threaten to cut me off
No question
Ulterior motive
You’re lost

How trapped are you in the past?

Blow my world to bits
I have to pick up the pieces
So much ruined just by what you said
But does it trouble you to know that so many eyes
Will never look at mine the same again?

Save your face
Just in case
It’s not your place
You can’t retrace
Track Name: Talk to Me
I know that I’ve been thinking too much
About the way that things are changing
It doesn’t seem it real
I don’t feel a thing

I don’t feel a thing

I’ve never felt so damn helpless
And I won’t lie it’s bringing me to realize

The things that have been boiling my blood have been nothing
Still lately I’ve been getting these feelings
There’s something nagging at my mind
Is there still meaning left to find?

Talk to me
Feel like I’ve met so many people and I’ve yet to see
More than a glimpse of who they are
And now I’m constantly, desperately
Trying to make up for lost time

I need to live my life and get out of my head
Cuz I cannot fight this feeling
That comes and goes when the high is dead
When I remember everyone’s leaving
Pick one of several ways to dive in blindly
Should it all come crashing down
You know where to find me

Talk to me
Feel like I carry my own thoughts and I just want to see
If you can tell whether I’m being who I ought to be
Talk to me about the things that keep you up at night

The times seemed so endless
My life’s rearranging
The season’s expired
And everything’s changing

I need more aimless nights on dugouts under the sky
Need more time to think
Less unspoken goodbyes
It’s bad enough that I’ve wasted half my time

It’s hard to trust but I know it’ll be just fine