Last Year's Resolution
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05
Last Year's Resolution @ Riverwalk Crossing

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

May
24
Last Year's Resolution @ Riverwalk Crossing

Jenks, Oklahoma, USA

Jenks, Oklahoma, USA

Apr
21
Last Year's Resolution @ University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

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Last Year's Resolution
"There's Always Next Summer"
* * 1/2

Last Year's Resolution is a quartet of nice guys, so nice in fact, that they remind me of MXPX's cover of the Social Distortion song "Sick Boy."

MXPX's version differs little from Social Distortion's greased-up ditty about fights, leather jackets and switchblades. That is, except for this part where MXPX, a Christian punk band, substitutes these lyrics, "he'll hang out with her all night," for Mike Ness's line, "he'll make love to her all night."

Last Year's Resolution will hang out with you all night. Maybe singer Nick Whitaker will keep you up with heartfelt conversation about how he can't stand his town, or maybe he'll explore his relationship with his parents.

In the band's first album, that doesn't sound half bad. This record was mixed in the apartment of guitarist Blake Jarman, who works a night job as a janitor.

The group feted the album's release in a Dec. 7 concert at a downtown club. The album is a do-it-yourself-job, but you may not notice it when you hear it.

It's a very bright album of energetic pop-punk, but Last Year's Resolution puts a memorable soft spin on that. Many of the songs feature Whitaker's acoustic guitar playing and piano work.

Whitaker, the vocalist-guitarist who writes much of the quartet's material, writes lyrics that aren't that far removed from high-school summers spent skateboarding in the park or playing Tony Hawk on a PlayStation.

That might sound naive, but Whitaker, whose influences include groups such as Dashboard Confessional and Blink-182, recreates the feeling of directionless optimism well, the idea that there always will be a next summer. His voice has an honest quality to it, but he has enough range and clarity to keep it varied.

The album careens from hope on the first song, "No Ones Holding You," to throwing in the towel in a piano duet with local singer Wendy Nichol.

Whitaker's band doesn't slouch either. Jarman's tuneful guitar playing at times sets himself apart from other players in his genre, but I wish he'd do more, especially on the song "Forevermore."

I'd like to see what this band grows into.

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-Matt Elliot (World Scene Writer) - Tulsa World 12/28/2006


Discography

2006 Self produced album, "There's Always Next Summer"

"Shimmer" - featured on "Homegroan" Z104.5 The Edge

"No One's Holding You" - featured on "Homegroan" Z-104.5 the Edge.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US:

"I give them two snaps!" - Amber (Z-104.5 The Edge)

"His (Whitaker's) voice has an honest quality to it, but he has enough range and clarity to keep it varied."
"Whitaker's band doesn't slouch either. Jarman's tuneful guitar playing at times sets himself apart from other players in his genre." - Matt Elliot (Tulsa World)

"I'll buy the cd if he comes with it." - Random Girl

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Bio

Last Year's Resolution began as an acoustic act in fall 2005 when founding members Nick Whitaker and Josh Davidson finally discovered a use for their passion in music. After playing only one show together, Josh and Nick caught the eyes of a phenomenal musician named Blake Jarman. Jarman made an offer they couldn't resist and henceforth developed an exploding chain of thoughts and ideas. LYR saw 8 months of energetic shows. After a split with former drummer, Alex Munson, they recently added Austyn King to be the backbone of their lineup. LYR has shared the stage with several well known artists including Halifax (drive thu records), June (victory records), So They Say (fearless records), The Classic Crime (tooth & nail records), Pensive, Falling for Yesterday and many others. Check out their debut album, There's Always Next Summer.

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