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Story of the Year

Story of the Year took root in the late '90s under a different name, Big Blue Monkey, in St. Louis, MO. At the time of its inception, the band's sound was much heavier (similar to the Deftones), and the lineup that would eventually become Story of the Year was not yet in place. Big Blue Monkey played frequent shows in the St. Louis area, issued several EPs, and endured the lineup fluctuations typical to any struggling combo. Creative and persistent self-promotion soon caught the ear of producer John Feldmann, who in turn brought Maverick Records into the picture. By 2002, Big Blue Monkey had become Story of the Year, signed a record contract, moved to Southern California, and toured with Feldmann and Goldfinger. The lineup of vocalist Dan Marsala, bassist Adam Russell, drummer Joshua Willis, and guitarists Ryan Phillips and Phillip Sneed entered the studio with Feldmann, emerging in spring 2003 with the debut album Page Avenue. Story did some Warped Tour dates during the summer to advance the record, which was released the following September. By this point, the band's sound had morphed completely and comfortably into emo-inflected post-grunge, akin to groups like Thrice or the similarly Feldmann-shepherded Used. The CD/DVD set Live in the Lou/Bassassins followed in spring 2005; it was a precursor to In the Wake of Determination, which appeared in October and debuted at number 19 on the Billboard charts. Three years later, Story of the Year released their third album, The Black Swan, on Epitaph Records. The Black Swan charted even higher than its predecessor and led to another Warped Tour run, as well as additional tour dates. One year later, the band was back in the studio creating The Constant, which they released in early 2010. ~ Johnny Loftus
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Story of the Year


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Albums by
Story of the Year

Top Songs by
Story of the Year

  1.   Song
  2.   Until the Day I Die
  3.   Anthem of Our Dying Day
  4.   And the Hero Will Drown
  5.   Page Avenue
  6.   Sidewalks
  7.   In the Shadows
  8.   Razorblades
  9.   The Ghost of You and I
  10.   Swallow the Knife
  11.   We Don't Care Anymore
  12.   We're Not Gonna Make It
  13.   The Black Swan
  14.   Taste the Poison
  15.   Divide and Conquer
  16.   The Dream Is Over
  17.   The Children Sing
  18.   Eye for an Eye
  19.   To the Burial
  20.   Cannonball
  21.   Apathy Is a Deathwish
  22.   Angel in the Swamp
  23.   Choose Your Fate
  24.   Pay Your Enemy
  25.   Sleep
  26.   Stereo
  27.   Dive Right In
  28.   Tonight We Fall
  29.   Won Threw Ate
  30.   Welcome to Our New War
  31.   Terrified
  32.   Message to the World
  33.   Wake Up the Voiceless
  34.   March of the Dead
  35.   Meat Head
  36.   Five Against the World
  37.   Burning Years
  38.   Falling Down
  39.   The Heart of Polka Is Still Beating
  40.   Your Unsung Friend
  41.   Time Goes On
  42.   Ten Years Down
  43.   Remember a Time
  44.   I'm Alive
  45.   The Virus
  46.   Tell Me (P.A.C.)
  47.   The Antidote
  48.   "Is This My Fate?" He Asked Them
  49.   Take Me Back
  50.   Our Time Is Now
  51.   Pale Blue Dot (Interlude)
  52.   Holding On to You
  53.   Wake Up

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