The Past Times

The Past Times

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Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, The Past Times play melodic, retro yet modern, rock n' roll with soaring choruses and driving leads. We offer a classic approach to music by sweating out pure and intense songs that audiences of all ages can enjoy...

Biography

The Past Times' name reflects the shrewdly perceptive lyrics, twisted with nostalgia, penned by songwriter and band frontman, Patrick Lyons. Lyons' schoolmates, Matt Fulks and Caleb Cook, soon joined him playing bass and keyboard (respectively) and contributed background vocals. The three devoted every moment they could squeeze out of their packed work and school schedules, to develolping their style. Influenced by bands like Kings of Leon, The Cars, The Strokes, Muse, and My Morning Jacket they scratched out several rough but spirited songs. They still needed a solid drummer, however, that could support their robust tone. The answer was found in Lyons’ older brother. Jonathan Lyons (who received his first drum set at age 3, a collection or cardboard cylinders emblazoned with "The Boss").

When the basement could no longer contain their muscular sound they decided to start playing around town. After acquiring an instant following they recorded the City_A_Blaze EP, which included band members’ favorites, This Side of Nowhere, City_A_Blaze, and Whirlwind. Recorded and mastered by Jonathan, the selected songs are an intermingling of insightful lyrics, sharp grooves, and soulful riffs.

This Side of Nowhere, one of the band’s earliest songs, was written shortly after the death of the Lyons’ grandfather, Charles Scott. Born and raised in Casey County, Kentucky Scott did not escape his hometown. The combination of salvaged materials from a dilapidated schoolhouse, combined with calloused hands and a hopeful heart formed the foundations of his home in rural Kentucky. The love for one’s hometown isn’t lost on The Past Times’ members. One would be hard pressed to find Louisvillians more charmed by their city's southern hospitality and artistry. Other songs like Back On The Map, which is about revitalizing Louisville's music scene, and Whirlwind, which describes a irrepressible passion for the city, fondly describe the place where all four bandmates were raised. This type of adornment for the past and appreciation of one's roots, reminiscent of childhood with the insight of early adulthood, is what makes The Past Times' creations both distinctive and compelling.
 

Lyrics

Whirlwind

Written By: Patrick Lyons

From here the planes take flight
Into someone else's night
Sprawled out on the concrete
Watchin' them speed by

We just listen to the sounds of the freeway

The headlights are movin' through the city's ballroom
Dancin' on the bridge tonight
In the screams of the cars, we're not that far
This is when I come alive

I got this whirlwind in the middle of my chest
Like my heart is gonna' burst into flames
I got the words on the tip of my tongue
And a fury I can hardly contain

Steady my steps rid me of these burdens
I'm on the home stretch and I'm hurtin'

I'm just askin for a little bit of leeway

I got this whirlwind in the middle of my chest
Like my heart is gonna' burst into flames
I got the words on the tip of my tongue
And a fury I can hardly contain

There's this fire under my feet
Most nights I can't even sleep

I got this whirlwind in the middle of my chest
Like my heart is gonna' burst into flames
I got the words on the tip of my tongue
And a fury I can hardly contain

This Side of Nowhere

Written By: Patrick Lyons

In this house that you built with your own hands
You're everywhere I look everywhere I stand
You were born in the heartland
Easy on the eyes you saw it firsthand

Where could I go
This is all I've ever known
Maybe to a new town
Maybe just tomorrow
Span the seas and roam the cities
But I'd just wind up home

I was always on my way out the door
With no intentions of coming back
I can't count the faces that I've worn
I can't count the phases that didn't last

Where could I go
This is all I've ever known
Maybe to a new town
Maybe just tomorrow
Span the seas and roam the cities
But I'd just wind up home

If I tried to run and my mind was set
By the time I had the chance I would only forget
From the morning tide til' the close of day
This side of nowhere... is where I'll stay

City_A_Blaze

Written By: Patrick Lyons

The town
The town where I am from
the kids they all got dreams
But they all slip through through the cracks

The town
The town where I was born
They put their paychecks on the odds at the track

City-a-blaze
City in flames

I'll stand
I'll stand above the ruins
Of the city where I was raised
When we bulldoze it to the ground

I'll break
Through any barricade
Not even a motorcade
Could try to hold me down

City-a-blaze
My city is in flames

Look anywhere around you
My prints are already there
See my reflection in the skyline's glare
Breathe in the air around you
My lungs already have
The pulse of the city is beating in my past

a city's child boiling in it's blood
and swerving through it's streets

It starts with a spark
that turns to a flame
that turns to a fire
that begins to rage
when word gets around
that we're burning the city down
no one will forget our names

When word gets around
that we're burning it down
No one... No one...
will forget our names

City-a-blaze
City-a-blaze
City-a-blaze
City-a-blaze

Discography

City_A_Blaze E.P.

Set List

This Side of Nowhere
Back on the Map
Whirlwind
Flooded Streets
The Balancing Act
Flare
Days Runaway
Sweat of Summer
Dash
Aviation
Couldn't Be Wrong
the Coastal Limits
City-A-Blaze
Roman Candle

We can play originals up to an hour and a half