Story Of The Year – Ten Years And Counting
Every now and then, you come across a band in your lifetime that reminds you of why you love music as much as you do, and for me Story Of The Year is one of those bands. I openly admit that I am a bit jaded when it comes to music and can normally be found off to the side or in the back with my arms folded and taking in the show with little excitement… and then there’s the SOTY version of me… the one that is in the crowd, singing and screaming at the top of my lungs with a smile glued across my face.
They make me remember what it’s like to be a fan and truly love what I am hearing, seeing and feeling. This year marks 10 years since their debut album, Page Avenue, was released, and I can still remember the excitement of hearing it for the first time. I was lucky enough to get my first glance of the band early on when they were on tour supporting Goldfinger under the name Big Blue Monkey (I still have my t-shirt and EP from then too). When I got my hands on Page Avenue, it never left my cd player. I listened to it obsessively and was in awe that a group of guys I was acquainted with could be so talented. Nothing could top how amazing the album was… until now. In celebration of the album’s anniversary, the band decided to get creative and re-imagine all the tracks and releasing it as Ten Years And Counting.
The teaser they posted on YouTube for the album had me so excited and I couldn’t wait for it to be out. I literally woke up in the middle of the night to purchase the album on iTunes so that it would be downloaded on my iPod when I got up in the morning. Every track on the album is phenomenal. “Until The Day I Die” has always been a very powerful song to me and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better than it was, those creative geniuses brought new life to the song, giving it even more emotion than it had before. One of the things that I love about this album is that it’s the perfect example to use when someone automatically dismisses the thought of listening to the band because they are heavier. I find it impossible for anyone to listen to this album and not fall in love with the band.
I was also pleasantly surprised that there were other genres toyed with in the re-imagining. I had assumed that everything would be acoustic with piano music and then “In The Shadows” started up and shocked me. I think for Page Avenue’s 20th or 25th anniversary it should be released as remixes and covers done by other bands paying tribute to the band. All I know is that no matter what SOTY releases, I will support them and purchase all the things! Please grab a copy of this album as soon as you can or at least check out the teaser they posted (http://youtu.be/zCbZfposVmQ). If you aren’t already a fan of the band, be prepared… you soon will be.