What You Don't See

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What You Don't See
What You Don't See by The Story So Far front album cover.jpg
Studio album by The Story So Far
Released March 26, 2013
Recorded October–November 2012
Studio Panda Studios,
San Francisco
Genre Pop punk[1][2]
Length 29:57
Label Pure Noise
Producer Sam Pura, Steve Klein
The Story So Far chronology
Under Soil and Dirt
(2011)Under Soil and Dirt2011
What You Don't See
(2013)
The Story So Far
(2015)The Story So Far2015
Singles from What You Don't See
  1. "Right Here"
    Released: February 5, 2013

What You Don't See is the second studio album by American rock band The Story So Far.

Background[edit]

The Story So Far signed to Pure Noise in March 2010.[3] The band released their debut album in June 2011.[4] The band supported We Are the Union and I Call Fives in July.[5] The band toured alongside Heartsounds and Handguns in August.[6] The band supported Senses Fail in November.[7] From late February to early March 2012 the band went on the Pure Noise Records Tour alongside Handguns, I Call Fives, Daybreaker, The American Scene and Forever Came Calling.[8] In early November, the band supported New Found Glory on the Road to Warped Tour in the UK.[9] From late November to mid-December, the band supported New Found Glory on the 10th anniversary tour for their Sticks and Stones album.[10] The band listened to New Found Glory when they were younger and did not expect to tour with them in their lifetime.[11]

Composition and recording[edit]

On December 31, 2011 it was announced that The Story So Far was recording new material.[12] In March 2012 it was announced the band would be writing new songs in the summer.[13] In August it was posted that the band were recording "something" at Panda Studios.[14] The band recorded at Panda Studios[11] in San Francisco,[15] in the fall.[16] In an October 2012 interview with Alternative Press bassist Kelen Capener revealed the band were "just starting [to record] drum [tracks]".[11] The band went to the studio with 13 songs but were writing new material during the record process in case they want to drop any of the previously written material.[11] The band were figuring out what made their previous record excellent and attempt to expanded on it.[11] The album was produced by Steve Klein of New Found Glory[17] and Sam Pura.[18] Klein originally visited the band to see what material they had and gave them tips.[11]

Guitarist William Levy said the new album was "heavier and more melodic" compared to Under the Soil and Dirt.[19] Levy reassured that the album is "still us, it's just more focused."[19] The song structures were "thought out a little better" and "parts that we came up with are more interesting."[15] Capener mentioned the group were not "trying to write something stylistically different" to their previous material.[20] The new material "shows maturation" but retains the "same youthful energy and angst we've always loved."[20] On November 22, the band announced they had finished recording.[21]

Release[edit]

On January 16, 2013 What You Don't See was announced and the track listing and cover art was revealed.[22] The band toured Australia in January with support from Anchors.[23] "Right Here" was released as a single on February 5.[24] On February 26,[25] "The Glass" was made available for streaming.[26] The band co-headlined The Suppy Nation Tour with Man Overboard through March and April.[27] On March 11, "Empty Space" was made available for streaming exclusively via Rock Sound.[28] When the band had finished recorded, they showed the album to their relatives and friends.[28] "Empty Space" attracted their attention "and made a few heads bob", according to Capener.[28] As a result, the band made a music video for it based on their friends and families' reaction.[28] The video was released two days later,[29] it was directed by Kyle Camarillo.[30]

In early March 2013 the album leaked and as a result the band were selling vinyl copies of it on tour.[31] On March 25, the album was made available for streaming,[32] and a day later it was released through Pure Noise.[22][nb 1] The band toured the UK and Europe from late April to mid May[19] with support from The American Scene and Gnarwolves.[22] The band played on the 2013 edition of Warped Tour.[34] The band toured the UK in October with Seahaven and Save Your Breath supporting.[35] The band toured in November and December with support from Stick to Your Guns, Such Gold and Rotting Out.[36] The band supported A Day to Remember in January and February 2014 on their tour of Europe.[37] The band played on the 2014 edition of Warped Tour.[38] The band supported The Wonder Years in October.[39] The band supported New Found Glory in November on their Pop Punk's Not Dead tour of the UK.[40]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[41]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 85%[1]
AllMusic Favorable[42]
Alternative Press 4.0/5 stars[2]
Punknews.org 4.0/5 stars[43]
Rock Sound 8/10[44]

Reviews have been generally highly positive, with a Metacritic score of 84, indicating universal acclaim.[41] Alternative Press described the album as "thoughtful and passionate", one that "will help young listeners navigate the murky waters of growing up."[2] AllMusic reviewer Fred Thomas wrote that the album's 11 songs were "new blasts of melodic pop-punk."[42] Thomas compared it to "many great punk records", in that it "breezes by in just under 30 minutes".[42]

The album was placed at number 9 on Rock Sound's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2013" list.[45]

The album debuted at number 46 on the Billboard 200.[46] It sold over 13,500 copies in the first week.[47] As of April 2015, the album has sold 63,000 copies domestically.[48]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Parker Cannon, Kelen Capener, Kevin Geyer, William Levy and Ryan Torf.[49]

  1. "Things I Can't Change" – 2:52
  2. "Stifled" – 2:12
  3. "Small Talk" – 2:43
  4. "Playing the Victim" – 2:50
  5. "Right Here" – 2:35
  6. "Empty Space" – 2:29
  7. "The Glass" – 2:47
  8. "All Wrong" – 3:02
  9. "Bad Luck" – 2:21
  10. "Face Value" – 2:52
  11. "Framework" – 3:08

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per booklet.[50]

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (2013) Peak
position
UK Independent Albums Chart Top 50[51] 33
UK Independent Album Breakers Chart Top 20[52] 6
UK Record Store Chart Top 40[53] 11
UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40[54] 8
U.S. Billboard 200[46] 46
U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums[55] 8
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums[56] 8
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums[57] 11
U.S. Billboard Vinyl Albums[58] 1

References[edit]

Footnotes

  1. ^ U.S. Pure Noise PNE 127CD[33]

Citations

  1. ^ a b Solomon, Blake (March 18, 2013). "Story So Far, The - What You Don't See - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Moseley, Brittany (March 26, 2013). "The Story So Far - What You Don't See". Alternative Press. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ DiVincenzo, Alex (March 29, 2010). "Pure Noise Tells The Story So Far". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ Nassiff, Thomas (May 3, 2011). "The Story So Far In June". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ DiVincenzo, Alex (May 13, 2011). "We Are The Union and I Call Fives Tour". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ Nassiff, Thomas (July 8, 2011). "Heartsounds Tour Dates". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ Bird, Michele (September 7, 2011). "Senses Fail announce fall tour with Stick To Your Guns, Make Do And Mend, and the Story So Far". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ DiVincenzo, Alex (January 25, 2012). "The Story So Far, Handguns, I Call Fives Tour". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ Yancey, Bryne (May 8, 2012). "New Found Glory, Less Than Jake, the Story So Far, Man Overboard at Road To Warped Tour UK". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ "New Found Glory announce 'Sticks And Stones' tour; The Story So Far and Seahaven to support". Alternative Press. September 4, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "In The Studio: The Story So Far's Kelen Carpener on breaking out, the new album and more". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Story So Far In the Studio". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Story So Far Begin Writing This Summer". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  14. ^ "The Story So Far Recording Something". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "The Story So Far to release new album 'What You Don't See' March 26". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Story So Far, The - 03.25.12 - Interview - AbsolutePunk.net". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Steve Klein Producing TSSF's Sophomore Album". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Interview with The Story So Far: Fully Grown". The Aquarian Weekly. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  19. ^ a b c "The Story So Far Announce April/May 2013 UK Tour". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b Bangs 2013, p. 59
  21. ^ "The Story So Far Finish Recording". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b c "The Story So Far To Release New Album ‘What You Don’t See’ This March". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  23. ^ "The Story So Far announce Australian tour with Anchors". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  24. ^ "iTunes - Music - Right Here - Single by The Story So Far". iTunes. Archived from the original on February 4, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Song Premiere: The Story So Far, "The Glass"". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  26. ^ "The Story So Far Post New Song". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  27. ^ Wippsson, Johan (December 19, 2012). "The Story So Far And Man Overboard Announce All In Merchandise Presents: The Suppy Nation Tour". melodic.net. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  28. ^ a b c d "The Story So Far". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  29. ^ "The Story So Far - Empty Space". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  30. ^ The Story So Far "Empty Space" Official Music Video. YouTube. 13 March 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  31. ^ "The Story So Far Releases Statement on Album Leak". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Stream New Album From The Story So Far". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  33. ^ Thomas, Fred. "What You Don't See - The Story So Far - Release Information, Reviews and Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  34. ^ Whitt, Cassie (December 7, 2012). "Woe, Is Me, Go Radio, The Story So Far and three more announced for Warped Tour 2013". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  35. ^ "The Story So Far, Seavhaven & Save Your Breath To Tour In October". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  36. ^ "The Story So Far announce US fall tour with Stick To Your Guns, Such Gold and more". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  37. ^ "The Story So Far Added To A Day To Remember UK / EU Tour". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  38. ^ Crane, Matt (February 12, 2014). "The Story So Far, Yellowcard, We Are The In Crowd, more announced for Warped Tour 2014". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  39. ^ "The Wonder Years announce fall tour with The Story So Far, Modern Baseball and Gnarwolves". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  40. ^ "The Story So Far Announce Acoustic EP". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  41. ^ a b "What You Don't See by The Story So Far". Metacritic. 
  42. ^ a b c Thomas, Fred. "What You Don't See - The Story So Far | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  43. ^ RENALDO69 (March 18, 2013). "The Story So Far - What You Don't See". punknews.org. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  44. ^ Bangs 2013, p. 85
  45. ^ "The 50 Best Albums Of 2013 Part Five: 10 - 1 | Photos | Rock Sound". Rock Sound Magazine. December 6, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  46. ^ a b "The Story So Far - Chart history (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  47. ^ "Exclusive: The Story So Far Premiere New Song, "Clairvoyant"". revolvermag.com. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  48. ^ https://www.webcitation.org/query?id=1428030080234098&date=%400&fromform=1
  49. ^ "Search | BMI". BMI. Retrieved 24 January 2016.  Select Title from the drop down menu, then enter the song title in the search box, then click Search.
  50. ^ What You Don't See (Booklet). The Story So Far. Pure Noise. 2013. PNE 127. 
  51. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". officialcharts.com. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  52. ^ "Official Independent Album Breakers Chart Top 20". officialcharts.com. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  53. ^ "Official Record Store Chart Top 40". officialcharts.com. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  54. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40". officialcharts.com. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  55. ^ "The Story So Far - Chart history (Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  56. ^ "The Story So Far - Chart history (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  57. ^ "The Story So Far - Chart history (Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  58. ^ "Vinyl Albums : Apr 13, 2013". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 

Sources

  • Bangs, Amy (February 2013). Patashnik, Ben, ed. "2013 Switched On: The Story So Far". Rock Sound. London: Freeway Press Inc. (170). ISSN 1465-0185. 
  • Bangs, Amy (April 2013). Patashnik, Ben, ed. "Reviews". Rock Sound. London: Freeway Press Inc. (172). ISSN 1465-0185. 

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