Kids You Knew

by The Late Greats

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"Philadelphia’s The Late Greats just released their debut EP, Kids You Knew, a tight and concise batch of crafted, garage-rock earworms . . . In a time where most consider rock ‘n’ roll falling apart, the Late Greats pick up the pieces to construct their own interpretation of the genre . . . This is music for those who long for the sound of 1976 filtered through the summer of ’96. And as they prove with their intricate and dense songwriting, being innovative can show itself in more ways than one." - Tyler Asay, Magnet Magazine

"Even on their fastest track, 'Lost Highway,' the verses glisten with relaxation, while the song’s introduction and chorus rage with distorted guitar and upbeat drums. Each song has its success in being thoughtful and catchy, but 'Walk Away' might be the band’s most infectious mix of time periods. The crafty guitar riff opens up the song by creating a dancy feel alongside the drums, and vocalist Luke Bauerlein brings in high-pitched, soothing vocal takes. The song then erupts with a shout and shrieking guitar to lead in the standout chorus, which rages with piercing riffs, massive drums, and layers of hollering." - Jay Breslin, Philly Punk

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released October 10, 2015

Message from the band:

We’re halfway gone. We’re barely there.
Here’s to all the bands that never make it.
Here’s to all the kids that care.

- The Late Greats


All songs are original compositions by The Late Greats. Tracks were recorded and produced by Zach Brown at Philadelphia Music Studios (6183 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128). Mastering by Dave Pettit at Range Recording Studio in Ardmore PA.

The Band:
Andrew Baranek - Guitars
Luke Bauerlein - Vocals
Brad Eash - Drums and Vocals
Matt Hayes - Guitars and Vocals
John Velez - Bass and Vocals

Cover Art by Lynn Luig.

Special Thanks:
Kat Hayes, Chuck Bauerlein, Luke Stromberg, Alex Long, Mike Fiorglio, Jenny Michelsen, Kate Shealy, Greg Bates, Ron and Lauren Bisti, The Hayeses, Scooter At The Grape Room, Molly Rhythm, Mike Gallagher, Kevin Deyoe, Jamie Smith, Aileen Rawlings, Dan Braceland, Mervant Rivera, Phil Salgado, David Pass, Tyler Pursel, and to anyone that came out to support us over the past two years! We also wouldn’t have made it this far without the incredible talents of Mr. Robert Loggia.

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The Late Greats Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Exported from the suburbs of Philadelphia to the heart of the city in 2013, The Late Greats formed out of a corps group of friends, writers, and musicians that met one another at West Chester University ten years prior. Since then, their "swing for the fences," two guitar attack has assaulted the local Philly music scene. Desperate and celebratory rock n roll. ... more

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Track Name: M.I.A.
M.I.A.

In the summer of 95
The divorce got finalized
When my dad showed up
With a moving truck
There was no place for me to hide

He said, "Son, can you help me with those boxes in the kitchen?
There's a dolly in the U-haul. We'll be done in thirty minutes."

So I looked him in the eye
It’s a look he’d seen before
But I never did reply
I was running out the door

MIA away, I'm away, I'm away, MIA
(Are you lonely now all alone tonight?)
MIA away, I'm away, I'm away
(Are you lonely now all alone tonight?)


I was just past 25
When the end of things arrived
With a girl who's truck
Wasn't big enough
For the shit she left behind

You can take it all for granted when you're struggling for a living
And it's hard to reconcile what you'll miss with what you've given

But the part of me I left
I don't ever want to meet.
He's still sifting through the trash
In a cold November street.

MIA away, I'm away, I'm away, MIA
(Are you lonely now all alone tonight?)
MIA away, I'm away, I'm away
(Are you lonely now all alone tonight?)
Track Name: The Night You'll Always Remember
The Night You’ll Always Remember

It's gonna take everything you are
To keep from breaking down when I drive off in my car

It's gonna take everything you have
All of the best things right off of your hands
It's gonna take everything you own
All of the things you think you need
And the ones you don't

This is the night that you’ll always remember me (3 x)
Yeah yeah yeah (4 x)

It's gonna take every book you've read
To put the words back in your mouth after what you said
It's gonna take every drag you smoke
Now that you've burned through the ones you bummed when you were broke

This is the night that you’ll always remember me (3 x)
Yeah yeah yeah (4 x)

All those nights you were too drunk to drive
I slept right by your side
Now my eyes are open wide
So let me crawl out of your bed
Right into your head

This is the night that you’ll always remember me (3 x)
Yeah yeah yeah (4 x)
Track Name: Walk Away
Walk Away

She slumped against the wall,
Black hair beneath a blue beret.
Her date had thrown her purse onto the street
Tom and I watched half a block away

He was drunk and screaming for his keys
Overweight and nearly twice our age
As we crossed to them I heard a voice inside
Saying, "Boy, you better walk away."

Walk away

He slumped against the wall,
Ran a sleeve across his bloody face,
Said, "Two on one ain't fair at all,
And you fucks are only half my age."

When he grabbed his date and told her
"Call the cops!" I knew we couldn't stay
As they got into his car
She said, "Boys, you better walk away"

Walk Away
Track Name: Nowhere To Find Me
Nowhere To Find Me

Every time I try to leave her I’m cocaine
Chop me out and line me up into her brain
She comes to me with empathy and heightened rage
When I can’t fake what she wants
And I don’t need her anymore

It goes on and on, and on and on
Until I take her back
Ignore the signs of malcontent
And the self-respect I’m known to lack

A second chance, she comes to me with open veins
Tie me off, and shoot me up into her skin
Before I know we’re right at home and we’re so strung
For the mind is everything
What you think, you become

It goes on and on, and on and on
‘Til I clean up my act
Exploit my fear of solitude
And self-control I’m known to lack

My back’s against the wall, you’re always right, I’m always wrong
Cause I love the numb of cocaine from your tongue
Well you know I come unglued every time you make me choose
So I’m gone, and you’re a hook in a punk rock song

It goes on and on, and on and on
Resist and counteract
These chains you strain to maintain on me
Nowhere to find me, cause it’s a fact that

My back’s against the wall, you’re always right, I’m always wrong
Cause I love the numb of cocaine from your tongue
Well you know I come unglued every time you make me choose
Now I’m gone, and you’re a hook in a punk rock song

Let your lies compromise my brain
Let your lies compromise my brain
Realize your lies breathe life my way
Let your lies compromise my brain
Track Name: Lost Highway
Lost Highway

Another Saturday.
The cops all drove away.
The party’s slow decay
Goes on and on . . .

And pretty soon you’ll graduate
And Jenny’s moving out of state,
And out of mind, and out of time, but wait,
She’s got some things to say to you.

Oh, repeat the words, repeat the way
You left her on that Saturday.
The last words that you heard her say
“You’re not afraid. You’re just too late.”

And now you know it’s not the end.
It just goes on. The living’s in
The day to day. All days you waste.
You say you won’t. You say

The hardest part’s not when it’s over
(When it’s over you’ll know why)
It’s looking back over your shoulder
(When it’s over, when it’s over)
At kids you knew out on the corner
(When it’s over you’ll know why)
In summer clothes. September’s closer
(When it’s over, when it’s over)

And now you know it’s not the end.
It just goes on. The living’s in
The day to day. You’re not afraid.
You’re just too late, you’re just—
Track Name: Knock It Down
Knock It Down

Gotta brother, dear.
He was my transistor
He had to live with the fear
Now I don’t even miss her
Cause he’s still the same
Ain’t a damn thing’s changed
And all the boundary lines
They just get in the way

I saw you walking down the street
After we took some time off
You didn’t recognize me
Or were you just on your high horse
I’ll never claim defeat
Even though I’m outnumbered
Back home where you used to be
I see your pictures on the wall

And I knock em Down
Knock it down

I was walking down the street
Just me and my anchor
When I see the other me
Yeah it’s easier to blame her
Nothin you did wrong
I seek my solace in strangers
Don’t get too close to me
I’ll put you up on a pedestal