Story of the Year
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|Story of the Year|
Dan Marsala performing for the first ever Revellution at UC San Diego
|Also known as||SOTY, Story, Big Blue Monkey|
|Origin||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, post-hardcore|
|Years active||1995–2011; 2013–present|
|Associated acts||Greek Fire, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows|
Story of the Year is an American rock band formed in St. Louis, Missouri in 1995. The band was originally formed under the name Big Blue Monkey. They changed their name to Story of the Year in 2002 after the release of their EP titled Story of the Year on the indie label Criterion Records, after they realized a blues group of the name Big Blue Monkey had already existed.
It would not be until a few years after forming that Story of the Year saw its first piece of commercial success in its major label debut, Page Avenue, containing the popular singles "Until the Day I Die" and "Anthem of Our Dying Day". A second album, In the Wake of Determination, followed in 2005, but did not achieve the commercial success of its predecessor. The band released their third album, The Black Swan, on April 22, 2008, which was their first release on Epitaph Records, followed by 2010s The Constant.
On March 8, 2013 it was announced that the band have reunited and are planning on a world tour.
Page Avenue (2002–2004) 
After spending 7 years as a local band, recording demos and three EPs, Story of the Year signed a deal with Maverick Records in 2002, then recorded and released their first album, Page Avenue, in September 2003. The first single from that album was "Until The Day I Die." It first received radio airplay around July/August 2003 on stations like KROQ-FM and sold thousands of copies worldwide. The second single, "Anthem of Our Dying Day", featured a music video directed by Mr. Hahn of Linkin Park.the song And the hero will drown was featured in the game madden 2004
Live in the Lou/Bassassins (a CD/DVD combo of live performances and touring video) was released on May 10, 2005. It was a hit amongst Story of the Year fans and was certified Gold by the RIAA in late 2005, indicating shipment of over 50,000 units as it is video longform format.
In the Wake of Determination (2004–2006) 
After the Page Avenue tour finally ended in late 2004, Story of the Year returned to the studio with producer Steve Evetts in 2005, to record their second studio album. In the Wake of Determination, released on October 11, 2005, is much heavier sounding than the previous album, due to switching producers to get their "true sound". As of March 2006, that album had only sold 150,698 units and has failed to achieve the gold certification that the band's two previous releases had, per the RIAA website. Although not as successful as its predecessor, the album debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200.
In the Wake of Determination included the first hint of the band members feelings on the subject of homosexuality in the song "'Is This My Fate?', He Asked Them", which includes the lines "Do you really think that it's a choice, a way of life" and "a bigot's eyes judging lives based on the sex of who you fuck". While on tour, the band has stated that the inspiration came from Ryan Phillips' brother and how he was discriminated against just for living his life and being different.
The Black Swan (2007–2009) 
Story of the Year returned to the scene in 2008 with their anticipated new release, The Black Swan. For the album, they brought back the Page Avenue producer John Feldmann and also they used producer Elvis Baskette. The first single off album was "Wake Up".
For the recording of The Black Swan, Story of the Year decided to end their five year relationship with Maverick and signed with Epitaph Records. The label noted that there would be exhaustive touring in support of their new record.
The Constant (2009–2010) 
May 2009, Story of the Year guitarist Ryan Phillips announced that the band had begun "working overtime writing" their next album, which is "shaping up to be fucking great". The band recorded in Studio Barbarossa July and August. Lead singer Dan Marsala stated in a post-show meet & greet that the album would be released on February 16, 2010.
On December 31, the band released "I'm Alive" to radio airplay. The band also stated on their Twitter that "I'm Alive" will be released as an official single on January 5, 2010.
Side-projects and hiatus (2011–2013) 
Bassist Adam Russell was announced to be the bassist of post-hardcore band Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, along with Craig Owens (lead vocalist, Chiodos), Matt Good (guitarist, From First to Last), Nick Martin (guitarist, Underminded), and Aaron Stern (drummer, Matchbook Romance). Russell left Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows in 2012.
Guitarists Ryan Phillips and Philip Sneed continued to pursue their side project, Greek Fire. They have released a debut EP and an independent album, "Deus Ex Machina". They are also set to release a new album, "Lost/Found", April 2013.
Bassist Adam Russell and guitarist Ryan Phillips set out to make a movie about rise and fall of the music industry and where it stands today called "Who Killed (Or Saved!) The Music Industry". Funded by Kickstarter, they have been filming the movie and it should be released sometime in 2013.
On February 4, 2011, at The Pageant in their hometown of St Louis, the band performed their first album, Page Avenue, in its entirety, as well as other fan favorites. They posted that this was a "thank you" show to all their dedicated fans for 10 years together. City Spud, of the St Louis rap group St. Lunatics, made a guest appearance during the show.
In January 2011, Story of the Year recorded the song "Breed" for an upcoming Nirvana tribute album. The track was recorded in St. Louis with producer Matt Amelung at Second Story Studio.
In December 2011, D.R.U.G.S. guitarist Matt Good released a remix to the Story of the Year song "Wake Up" from 2008's The Black Swan.
Reunion, 10th anniversary tour and possible fifth studio album (2013–present) 
On March 8, 2013 the band has announced they have reunited and will be touring worldwide to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album, Page Avenue. It was also stated that the band have recorded Page Avenue in full acoustic, entitled, Page Avenue: 10 Years and Counting with release date soon to be announced. A fifth studio album is also possible. 
Musical classification 
Story of the Year has most popularly been referred to as representing the genres post-hardcore alternative rock, and punk metal. Although these are recognized as the band's primary genres, they have also been known to perform in styles of alternative metal, hard rock, pop punk, and emo (or emocore). The band, however, prefers not to be labeled at all, and tends to simply refer to themselves as a "rock band".
Band brawl 
MTV News reported on their website that during a radio show in May 2004, the band members of Story of the Year got into a fight with the roadies of metal band Godsmack. Pictures of the band members' bruised faces were posted on their homepage as well as a blistering rant of the event. The members of Godsmack were not involved in the fight, but they were targeted by the rant as well. It went on to talk about being detained by the local police. There were no arrests from the incident, and the Noblesville Police Department had no record of anything having taken place. Story of the Year's account of the fight was removed and replaced with a note reading: "I took the Godsmack post down because we are going to ask them to go get some chocolate ice cream with us."
Band members 
- Dan Marsala – lead vocals
- Ryan Phillips – lead guitar
- Adam Russell – bass guitar, vocals
- Philip Sneed – rhythm guitar, piano, vocals
- Josh Wills – drums, percussion
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- Official website
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- Story of the Year on Myspace
- Official band board
- Story of the Year collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive