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

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