Second To Last has released an update on the current state of the band. The statement, which can be read on UnderTheGunReview, explains the recent loss of several band members, including guitarist/vocalist Joe Lacy, and the group’s plans for the future.
Vocalist/guitarist Tyson Evans and drummer Kris Ruiz have begun work writing a new full-length record under the Second To Last moniker and are looking to add new band members for recording and touring purposes. “We are a band who seem to function best with dysfunction for better or for worse,” writes Evans in the blog post. “All I can ask of you is to give these songs a chance and to not give up on us simply because we probably don’t fit the ideal criteria of a band.”
As some of you may know, things on our side of the fence have been pretty crazy over the last six months or so. I feel obliged to break down for you what has happened over the duration. So here it goes. After completing recording in April and playing a few shows together, Pat Mays, our guitarist and vocalist, decided to part ways and pursue personal aspirations he had. Though we respect his decision, it could not have come at a worse time for us. We were nearing the release of Vessel and getting ready to do a full US tour. Having a member leave who had so much influence on the writing right before that moment was the worst thing that could have happened.
In an attempt to not abandon the tour we had been so excited to do, we called our friend Joe Lacy to come out and play dates with us in place of Pat. We began throwing around the idea between ourselves and Joe about possibly writing together for the full length. We contemplated how we would make it happen given the fact that we lived on complete opposite sides of the country. After throwing ideas around we realized it could work via sending demos back and forth to each other like alot of bands seem to do when distance is an issue. But the issue was bigger than distance. A month before heading out on tour we lost all contact with Lacy.
No texts, calls or communication of any sort was happening so we prepared for the worst and hit up our friend Max to come along and fill in on guitar for the dates. We packed all our merch into two duffle bags and bought plane tickets to Long Island and split up between the American Verse and Bellwether vans. While we were in Garden City staying with Chris Regan of No Good News, he stated that he would love to fill in on guitar and vocals. So over the course of the 5 or so days before starting our first full US tour we were pretty much practicing the songs for the first time with our friend Kyle holding down bass, Max playing guitar, Chris playing guitar and taking over Pat’s vocals and Kris and I playing our respective instruments. We made it work and progressed over the course of the tour. So to anyone who saw us this past summer just know that you were seeing something that will probably only happen once.
Upon returning home, Kris and I immediately jumped into writing a full length and have been doing so since in between working full time to make up for lost money over the course of the last six months. We cut our losses and put our heads together and did the one thing that is natural to us which is writing songs. Though I can’t sit here and honestly tell you who will be in our band when we decide to head out next, I can tell you that we are working on some of the best songs we have ever written. We will be releasing a split with Dublin, Ireland’s Starters this winter via Quote Your Pulse and City Of Gold Records. In early December we will also be heading to Buzzbomb Studios to work with Paul Miner on our first full length. Though we’ve been through hell and back, we aren’t ready to give up on what was started in the summer of 2007.
We are a band who seem to function best with disfunction for better or for worse. All I can ask of you is to give these songs a chance and to not give up on us simply because we probably don’t fit the ideal criteria of a band. We write songs for us and do this for our sanity at the end of the day but we honestly would not even have the opportunity to keep going if it wasn’t for your support and interest in Second To Last. So thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. We can’t wait to share another chapter and hopefully many more with you.
June 5, 2012
Cassette via Quote Your Pulse Records
1. Feels the Same
3. Cheap Sleep
4. Dry Spell
“Besides Vessel only being four songs, it is a great release and shows the quick growth of yet another amazing Pop-Punk band in Second To Last. Go pick this one up when it comes out; I can’t get it out of my head.” – Easycore
More about Second To Last:
A group of guys living on the sunny West Coast and writing punk songs infused with pop hooks. Yeah, we know, you’ve heard it before.
But this band is different. This band is going to make some noise. This band has it.
We know – you’ve heard it before.
Second To Last isn’t uncovering a new genre or really even rewriting an existing one, but they are playing an in-your-face, audibly passionate brand of pop-punk that they enjoy as much as everyone who listens to them. Vocalist/guitarist Tyson Evans, guitarist Pat Mays, bassist Jason Holyoke and drummer Kristopher Ruiz might not have the road-worn experience of their older peers, but the 20-ish-year-olds have the determination and do-it-yourself drive to launch a long career.
Currently touring off 2009’s four-song EP Mark Approved on Anchor 84 Records and 2010’s two-song EP Runaway on Pure Noise Records, Second To Last is set to add four more songs to its catalog with the June 5 release of its Vessel EP.
Having toured the West Coast a handful of times with bands like The Story So Far, A Loss for Words, Seahaven, I Call Fives and Rust Belt Lights, Second To Last has already begun making a name for itself near its home base of Lodi, CA. The band was recently billed as support on The Story So Far’s winter headlining tour and also supported The Wonder Years on the west coast dates of the “Man Scout Jamboree” tour. They also have shared the stage with bands such as Set Your Goals, Senses Fail, Man Overboard, Fireworks, The Swellers, The Ghost Inside and Title Fight.
As 2012 rolls on and Second To Last continues the grind of a young, DIY pop-punk band, they will lean on their ability to turn first-time listeners into long-time fans. Things are just getting started.