TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Hit The Lights, Invicta (Signed!)

There will always be the bands that just make you feel good. The bands that tap into something nostalgic, dredging up memories of belting at the top of your lungs in your room while your stepmom tells you to turn it down from outside your locked door. (If you were like me, that was when you turned the dial and drowned her out, continuing your dance party for one.)

For me, those bands will always be the emo/punk bands that got me through high school and sent me off to college with a determined beat to my step as I made my way around campus.

One of the bands I remember noshing on frequently was Hit the Lights. I was stoked when they announced a new full-length would be released early this year. Now, the “Countdown to Invicta” is at a mere four days, and I couldn’t be more excited to set the needle on the record, free my hair from its perpetual ponytail, and dance around my room like I used to. Hell, I’m sure my roommate will gladly tell me to stop singing at the top of my lungs once I’ve got all these lyrics on lock in my ol’ mind. I’ve got a better sound system then I did in my teens, so I’m also certain drowning her out will be no problem.

Anyway, back to the band. Hit the Lights hails from Lima, OH. They’ve been steadily touring since 2003, playing on such notable tours as Bamboozle, Warped, and a sold-out headlining tour. They’ve played alongside a variety of bands such as Hellogoodbye, Paramore, and New Found Glory to name a few, and they were on the Billboard Top 100 with their last album, Skip School, Start Fights.

All these accomplishments aside, there are two reasons I truly think Hit the Lights are remarkable. The first is the fact that this band refuses to conform to a monotonous idea of what they should sound like. They aren’t about to give in to anyone else’s idea of who or what they should be, and I think that’s a great message for kids out there. It’s alright to be who you are and be confident in that person. In fact, that’s how it should be.

The second reason is that faced with the hardship of losing a member of the band when original frontman Colin Ross left, they regrouped and built something stronger instead of just dissolving. Guitarist Nick Thompson stepped forward to fill the vacancy, proving to be a powerful and engaging frontman. The rest of the band is Omar Zehery on guitar, Kevin Mahoney on guitar, David Bermosk on bass, and Nate Van Damme on drums.

It’s that sort of phoenix story that appeals to me, and it is fitting that their new album is titled Invicta, which literally means “rise above.” It’s been a long wait for their new album, and I’m sure fellow Hit The Lights fans cannot wait for the album to be released next Tuesday, January 31st.

I’m excited to tell you that we’ll be giving away an autographed copy of their new album, Invicta, here at The Vinyl District. To enter to win, let us know which song about overcoming change motivates you.

Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror” is a good example, but give us your own!

The winner will be notified next Friday, February 3rd, and must have a mailing address in North America.

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  • Cort K

    Lee Van Cleef by Primus- I had no idea who the guy was until I heard this song which inspired me to purchase his films and then realize how much of a change he brought to Clint Eastwoods character. I love Lee Van Cleef now thanks to Primus and RIP brother.

  • Jesse B

    Stalemate – Enter Shikari – Gets me pumped and makes me want to get out there and do something.

  • AdamLegill

    “This is the House Doubt Built” – A Day To Remember, This is all about overcoming change and always makes me want to better myself. Because in the end it’s not about what you have, in the end it’s all about where you want to go, and the roads you take to help you get there…

    • AdamLegill

      @AdamLegill “That**”

  • asongpanda

    Simple Plan – Perfect

    This song has always been one of my favorite songs. This song keeps me going. It helped me get through tough times and it means a lot to me. “I’m Sorry I Can’t Be Perfect” This band in general means a lot to me.

  • Viktor Mendez

    The Wonder Years: My Last Semester

    This song is all about being different, but not caring. Being abel to overcome the differences between you and everyone else. Friends are the only people you will ever need (I know it’s cliche for a pop-punker to say TWY, but it’s the truth). After the first time i heard this song, I was hooked.

  • SaraMurphy

    “Stronger” by Britney Spears is an awesome song for feeling empowered about overcoming change. You can apply this song to a great number of situations and it is always about responding to a difficult change and overcoming only to come out “stronger on top”. I love when she sings “You might think that I won’t make it on my own but now I’m stronger than yesterday; now it’s nothin but a mile away”. It’s not the deepest song on the planet, but it does motivate well. It is catchy and listening to it even makes me think about how Hit the Lights came out stronger after faced with a member leaving the group. I usually use this song when I want to feel pumped up or motivated to lose weight or respond to negative changes in my life or people who try to get me down.

  • Michael Obrecki

    Say Anything High School Low because that song helped me realize that even if everything is going bad you still cant let the cowboy inside you die

  • David Schwartz

    “Never Have I Ever” by Farewell Fighter. The song for me is about making a change in your life for the better. When I feel I am stuck in a rut, or am circling in the same situation I listen to this song and remind myself I can change where I’m at.

  • Charles Morton

    Song For The Broken by Close Your Eyes really hits me when it comes to making a change. This song and this band reminds us the we live in a world full of brokeness and its up to us to do whatever it takes to change society for the better. The worlds not going to change itself. The main lyrics in this song are “This is my worship this is my life, to bring hope into this broken world” So this song does a great job of wanting to create change in the world and motivates me to make a difference.

  • Joris van der Mark

    Came Out Swinging by The Wonder Years. This song describes how your life can drastically change and that you sometimes need to fall back down to come back hard again. There’s also a musical reference in this song to an other TWY song wich is My Last Semester. The repeated line: “I’m not sad anymore” isn’t about making a statement, it’s about giving yourself the heads up.

  • ChrisBarelick

    My personal motivational song about overcoming change is “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong” by The Wonder Years. When I listen to it I think about how my life is changing all the time, and no matter what, I know I’ll find a way to work it all out and no matter what happens, everything is going to be okay.

  • Matt

    “Forward Motion” by Relient K is probably the best song about overcoming change. Sometimes the best way to cope with change is to just move forward.

  • EmilyBonny

    Invincible – Hedley

    Life isn’t easy. It has it’s ups and downs, but at the end of the day, we’re all invincible. We have the power to change our lives and make them better. This song reminds me of the bad times I’ve had, but also how I’ve overcome them and became a better person. Now I’m invincible 🙂

  • NathanGoodlet

    “The Darkest Places” by mxpx is my motivational song. Its all about shining light where it’s most needed. I love that it was the first song on the warped tour compilation a few years back, because it shows that punk rock also stands for positivity and just good times not just the dark topics associated with the genre.

  • NathanGoodlet

    “The Darkest Places” by mxpx. It’s all about shining the light in the darkest places. And I love that it was the first song on the warped tour compilation a few years back. That it so refreshing and positive.

  • Scott Frederick

    “Believe” by Yellowcard. The song always made me feel better no matter what was going on in my life. That songs states we need to stay strong and believe and to this day I live by those principles. Anything worth living for is worth fighting for.

  • NickVandas

    “Forever My Father” by Go Radio. One of the absolute biggest changes in your life is when you have a loved one, whether in your family or not, passes away. It’s something that will haunt you forever unless you learn to move on. This song reminds me everytime that I listen to it that it’s okay to move on and that no matter what, they will always be there with you to help you get through it.

  • EstherKudron

    Head In Hands by Valencia, especially the lines “this is the calm before the storm. it’s hitting harder than it has before. sometimes you’ve gotta walk in the rain if you’re dying to find what you’re looking for.” it’s all about pushing through the pain because you can’t avoid it. going through hardships makes you stronger, and it’s a natural part of our lives, so there’s no point in trying to avoid it.

  • Brinkdrum

    “Findaway” by Silverchair. It’s about a person who struggles with a drug addiction and was a great song off of “Frogstomp”.

  • TylerLoneWolfDeLorenzo

    The Wonder Years: And Now I’m Nothing

    The entire song makes you feel like there is almost no hope to us ordinary, unpopular downtrodden people. But even with that fact in mind it gives you the sense that you can’t give up, you can’t let the assholes win. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, I’ve been working hard to get where I am now and this song pushes me to work harder. The defining lyrical line of this song is “Suburbia stop pushing, I know what I’m doing”, which I have tattoo on my arm. This one simple line screams to me, and just says, fuck what everyone says about you, do shit for you, and the people who matter in your life will stay, and those who don’t will(Anotther TWY lyric, “They’re like cigarettes dropped on a highway, They smash and scatter and burn out somewhere else without knowing”).

  • Matt

    “Walk” by Foo Fighters. Hands down.

  • givemethesky

    My good “overcoming change” song is “Wake Up” by Fightstar. It always clears my mind and helps me to see things clearly. Definitely an eye opener. It always gives me a good outlook on life.

  • Danielle R

    “Startin’ With Me” by Jake Owen.I am a big fan of all different types of music, and yes that includes country. This song is all about wanting to change who you are. It talks about the past and bad things that happened. There is a line that says “I’d have changed a lot of things, starting with me.” We can’t always change the past but we can change for the future.

  • JasminneEzratty

    “Gaia Bleeds” by Set Your Goals

    That song is basically throwing everyone’s basic fears out in the open. We”re ignoring everything going on around us. We’re not taking care of the environment. We’re killing people like we actually have a right to. Mankind as a whole is the cause of the downfall of Earth. I feel like this song is just the ultimatum of people’s actions, and if we don’t do something about it, that’s it. We’re hopeless because we refused to take responsibility for our own actions, and if we do, we just keep repeating them. This song is a slap in the face to everyone saying like ‘We’re destroying this planet out of our own selfish needs, and we really should stop.’

    Every time I hear this song, I always try to change some of my actions. I don’t spend as much time in the shower in an attempt to save water. I recycle. I don’t waste paper. I’m doing little things that can help Earth in the long run, because I refuse to be a part of the downfall due to our own actions.

  • Brad loveless

    “These backs are made for stabbing” probably cliche to put a HTL song in a Contest for their merch. But this song gets me fired up for any situation. It’s truth in motion. No matter what you do or who you step over to get somewhere its going to catch up to you, and hopefully I’m there to see you fall

  • NikkixMarie

    I would have to go with Moving On by Good Charlotte, one of my favorite bands and one of my favorite songs. It just makes you feel apart of something bigger then yourself, your not alone in this world never have been and never will be. It’s an up beat song and makes me get chills every time I hear it. You can’t help but feel like dancing and singing after it. It has gotten me through a lot of tough times since I heard it 5 years ago.

  • bradlive

    Four Year Strong – One Step at a Time

    Written about the death of the singer’s brother. Really powerful, and the perfect “get your feet back on the ground” song.

  • AnthonyCIV

    Admit It by Say Anything. The song starts off as pretty much just things that cetain people do that annoy max, that most people can relate to. i know that the people he’s talking about annoy the hell out of me. near the end it turns into a song about being comfortable wth yourself and loving where you are and not caring what other people think. i interpret this into overcoming change becase it was around 16 when i first heard the song and it actually did help me be more comfortable with myself and loving what i have and what i am. most artists release their songs and leave them up for people to interpret whatever use they can get out them, and thats what happened for me here. alot of say anythings lyrics are relateable and honest, even whe its brutal and painful. admit hands down has to be my favorite for whats its ment to me over the years. i can listen to it today and still get new meanings from it.

  • OliviaLMaddox

    “L.G. Fuad” by Motion City Soundtrack — upon first listen, the song sounds pretty negative and helpless. The first line is about getting fucked up and dying, and social suicide. But if you really listen, it’s about overcoming all of the things in life that get you down, in spite of it all. It thanks the people that have always been there, brushes aside the things that don’t really matter, and basically says “fuck the little things that get you down.” It’s my go-to song to scream at the top of my lungs on those late night drives, and parties with the friends I’ll never forget. This song makes me want to be better, and live life to the fullest. My favorite line is “I’m a mess, I’m a wreck. I am perfect, and I have learned to accept all my problems and shortcomings ’cause I’m so visceral, yet deeply inept.” Yeah, we all have problems, but that doesn’t have to be our defining factor.

  • KaylaCrawford

    New Found Glory’s song ”Golden”. If you haven’t had a chance to hear it, go check it out and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

  • JoeyCrawford

    Shatterday by Vendetta Red. It is a completely epic song!

  • keilbro

    Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder… can’t beat classic 80’s. Would also be a fun song to cover

  • Brian Schmidt

    Bob Marley – Redemption Song
    “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind” IMO, one of the best lyrics ever penned to song.

  • John C

    The Mountain Goats – Cotton

    It is about letting go of past regrets in order to move forward. Imo, it’s one of the best songs written in the last 20 years.

  • LonerGnome

    All Is Not Lost by OKGO. Just the title alone is hopeful and the sound of it complements the feeling well.

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