We’ve got more great new Italian rock today in the form of Ferrara pop-punk quintet 2Lightyears, who offer up plenty of much-needed positivity in their engaging, upbeat sound.
The band released debut album Empty Words in September and it’s packed with feel-good punk rock. This includes the excellent It’s Echoing, which kicks off with big drums and a lively punky guitar riff. Palm-muted guitars take over under frontwoman Alice ‘Elis’ Guerzoni’s engaging vocals, and feeds into a big singalong chorus.
The second chorus drops into a lighter section of laid-back vocals and guitars. It suddenly bursts into heavier guitars and drums under repeating vocals “I’ll not stop, I’m staying” to bring the track to a close.
Also from the album is Rise Again, which starts off with electronic drums that continue Elis’ laid-back vocals. The drums intensify, guitars creep in as Elis builds up to a more anthemic chorus. This catchy track gradually builds in heaviness and you can check it out in the video below:
While a personal favourite track from the album is the lively, fast-paced Contradictions, which features a really fun section of big rolling drums and guitars before dropping into a light section that builds up to a final chorus. Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with the band to find out more, read on below…
GR: Who are 2Lightyears? And where are you from? What’s the backstory, how did you get together?
2L: “We are 2Lightyears and we are a fivepiece female-fronted alternative rock band from a small Italian town Ferrara, near to Bologna. We’ve always wanted to play a sort of energetic rock with female vocals, so Giglio, Fede, Benti and Ricky decided to start this project and we found in Alice ‘Elis,’ our voice.
“We started to play together in 2016 with the name Lightyears, so without the number 2, and in 2017 we released a first EP Erase with 5 tracks.
After this first release we discovered that another band had the same name, so we decided with the label to change it in 2Lightyears and we released our first full album on September 2019.”
GR: You sent us It’s Echoing to have a listen to. What should people be expecting from the song?
2L: “It’s Echoing is probably the fastest song of the album, the more influenced by ‘pop punk.’ It’s a song about convictions, about keep going on your way to do things and to never give up even if people around you continue to beat you. Taking a position about your own choices.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
2L: “We are an alternative rock band with energetic riffs, solid rhythms, powerful drums and an amazing melodic female voice. We are a mix of Paramore, We Are The In Crowd and Tonight Alive. Our new album Empty Words is a mix of melodic ballads and energetic rock songs.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
2L: “Our lyrics are really personal and talk about our lives, how the problems of a small city can influence your choices and how can change your relations and your living. Plus, Elis with her voice is able to create really catchy melodies even in the more aggressive songs.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
2L: “As we said Paramore is our first choice but Foo Fighters, Tonight Alive, we are the in crowd and a lot of other bands. We all have different backgrounds from pop to hardcore punk to electronic experiments and all these different influences determine our sounds, in particular our last work.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
2L: “Right now we’re trying to promote our latest album Empty Words using our socials and thanks to our label Too Loud Records. We really hope that all this emergency end soon because we really want to have the opportunity to play our music live again.
“But stay at home, it’s a great opportunity too for you guys to listen our album and discover new bands like us, and for us to create something new for the future.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
We really want it to thank you Gig Radar for this opportunity and to give us the possibility to talk about us and our music. Our album Empty Words is out and you can find it an all digital stores. We also released a first lyric video of the first single Rise Again that you can find on YouTube.
“So give us a chance and listen our music. Thanks again and stay safe. See you soon.”