Is Story of the Year still worth seeing?


27. Mär. 2008, 3:37

Oh, Story of the Year (SOTY), a name that only a band would call themselves.

Fits right in with other phrase-for-a-name acts like Taking Back Sunday, Further Seems Forever, So They Say and Job for a Cowboy (<---ooopsies, sorry). They'll be rolling through my town really soon, and once again I'm curious about other people's thoughts on seeing them.

I haven't seen these guys since Rockstar Taste of Chaos 2006, when they gave an excellent performance of the pretty ordinary tracks mostly from their In the Wake of Determination (ITWOD) release. That album took SOTY in a different direction from most bands. While the majority mellow out as they grow older, SOTY took a harder approach in ITWOD.

It didn't work.

Not for me, at least. Their previous release, Page Avenue, was like a fireworks burst - bright, loud and engaging your full attention for a few fleeting moments before it faded into a distant memory. I actually bought it in 2004/2005, and it was enjoyed heavy rotation in my car's CD deck. Until I got tired of it, which I recall happening surprisingly quickly for something that I liked so much initially.

In the end, the only songs that stayed with me were the title track and Burning Years. Well, actually just the title track. Burning Years had one brilliant moment:

From this house of our friendship shut the door
Light the match, throw behind you, walk away

that faded into a astonishingly less than satisfying chorus.

But hey, at least something stayed with me from that release. ITWOD had nearly zero impact on me. I tolerated it one night while I was doing laundry and never deliberately touched it again. I'd say SOTY tried to go hardcore, but the tag clouds on seem to indicate the epic failure of that attempt. The tag rules the skies in that arena.

Last night I went to their website and heard their new single Wake Up. Sounds like they're heading more in the alternative rock direction, with a decent smattering of their melodic post-hardcore past. Yes, it's good. But like everything else they make, it's just not memorable.

Now that I've said all of that, I wonder why seeing them is even a question. Well, because of the aforementioned fireworks effect. SOTY are VERY good at that. I'm sure the show will be fun while it lasts. I'll write a journal about it and then forget it.

They're being supported by Madina Lake and Josephine Collective. I know two of Madina Lake's songs, and just visited Josephine Collective's page.

Both bands are worth a download, but their songs will vanish rapidly from your playlists unless you hit the Shuffle button. Cool, but unremarkable.

!!!At this point in writing this journal, I suddenly realized something:!!!

This is the perfect date concert

You: "What? Are you insane?"

No, just hear me out a little bit. Here's why:

1 - The bands are hard enough to be interesting, but not harsh enough to make your date wonder why she's going out with you (assuming that like most girls, she's not a heavy/hard music fan). In other words, it's background bar music. Note to self: Isis is NOT date music <--- Fortunately I haven't made this mistake. Yet ;)

2 - The music isn't too distracting and doesn't require moshing, which may scare your date. In other words, it's safe

3 - The subject matter is relationshit relationship-ish and a lil sappy. She's gotta like that

4 - You can sing along without screaming (too much) or growling

5 - You can cry and it'll be ok

6 - Did I mention you can get the tickets for as low as $14 (venue dependent)? Probably less expensive than that Brazilian steakhouse or the Cuban cuisine joint with the annoying music you'd been thinking about. I just saved you $60, and you didn't even have to call Geico.

I mean, this show is gonna be like a scene from a fucking Disney movie and she's gonna lap it all up.


You could actually go out with someone who understands and sees the beauty and complexity in the wall of sludge guitar that is Isis, or in the amazing surreal ending of their masterpiece Dulcinea. That's not moshing music either, but as art rock goes, it's as good as it gets. Isis is like a trip to the gallery for your ears (as opposed to your eyes). You can get lost in the dense forest of strings these guys play.

But those girls exist only on That kind of music engages the mind and requires actual thinking, an incredible feat the majority of people are horribly incapable of.

For the rest of us in the real world, better get really familiar with and pretend you like Fergie, Rihanna, Amy Winehouse a-

excuse me I'm gonna vomit. Sorry. Later.

*In between retches* Remember to tell me if you think the concert lineup's good or not, tha- *vomits again*

UPDATE: I found a date for the show - a 5'9" dark blonde (or is it light brunette, I'm not good at telling) :). I should probably go to shows like this more often lol


  • Nectar_Card

    But those girls exist only on classic!

    27. Mär. 2008, 10:51
  • LANjackal

    Sorry, but I deleted your comments. It's nice to be funny, but don't cross the line. [b]Sexism and violence against women are unacceptable.[/b]

    27. Mär. 2008, 12:19
  • irishtim

    If you got a hot date than you should go, if not I'd pass. Maybe you should ask that girl from your My friend is hotter than Tila journal. Your right she is hotter.

    27. Mär. 2008, 18:23
  • LANjackal

    [quote][b]irishtim[/b] said: Maybe you should ask that girl from your My friend is hotter than Tila journal. Your right she is hotter.[/quote]Awesome idea. Caveats: 1 - She's absolutely vicious. I'm not kidding 2 - She has a boyfriend. He's either brave or suicidal, IMO 3 - We don't live in the same city any more. I'm 1300 miles away Again, good call. I AM looking at options, though ;)

    27. Mär. 2008, 18:45
  • irishtim

    Too bad, she's hot, but she does look like a man eater.

    27. Mär. 2008, 20:22
  • LANjackal

    Got a date for the show, updated journal to reflect this.

    8. Apr. 2008, 19:30
  • irishtim

    I call it dirty blonde, and they're one of my favorites. 5'9 too. I do like 'em tall. Go get her tiger.

    8. Apr. 2008, 20:57
  • LANjackal

    Thanks buddy

    9. Apr. 2008, 13:57
  • staR-Kron

    i've seen them yesterday at the give it a name festival and i think they are definetely worth the tickets. The show is very energetic, they are good entertainers and on top of that their music is great, imo.

    15. Mai. 2008, 6:09
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