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

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