The Story So Far
The Story So Far


4.0
excellent

Review

by Gameofmetal STAFF
May 12th, 2015 | 110 replies


Release Date: 05/18/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Story So Far pt. 3

I’m feeling indigo…..

When I heard this line issue forth from the mouth of Parker Cannon for the first time, I betrayed myself. I caught myself thinking, this feels familiar. Never had I ever considered the fact that a new song from these pop punk heavyweights, The Story So Far, might feel less fresh than it had before and more like a retread. Parker’s lyrics have always been emotional, up front, and honest and I’ve always loved them dearly because of it. Even I had to admit though, he’s been singing about being blue for a good long while now, even if he’s just now using words like “indigo” to symbolize his sadness. I doubted myself for a fleeting moment. I doubted them for two. And then I told my mind to shut up and stopped caring.

At its core, The Story So Far is another watertight collection of angsty and fast paced pop punk tracks. Each and every song has the kind of hook meant for summer, and each and every one will get stuck in your head before you can fight it. For their third outing, the band doesn’t slack in delivering the surprisingly layered instrumentation they always have. It’s never been anything terribly complex, but all the instruments have their place and flow around each other in ways that pop punk isn’t exactly renowned for. The leads and rhythms play off each other well, with bass grooves pitching along underneath and technical drumwork (by pop punk standards) keeping everything together. All of which lays a beautiful foundation for Parker Cannon’s rough and tumble voice to rage over. His performance is as impressive as ever and his real talent shines through in his ability to mix a knack for melody with a vicious delivery that’s immediate and grabbing.

While much of the album is just The Story So Far doing what they do best, there are hints at experimentation to be found. The bass intro to “Heavy Gloom” is a simple but surprising trick for them, even if nothing after does the same. A few other places hint at something new, but few ever build on that promise. The one time it truly does is on oddball “Phantom”. Much like “Placeholder” from Under Soil And Dirt it forgoes the upbeat pop punk energy for clean guitars. Unlike “Placeholder” however, “Phantom” is far more somber and slow paced. If anything it brings to mind the band’s last release, the Songs Of EP. It’s just too bad the song is so short lived that its effectiveness is somewhat diminished. When compared to the album’s rather short runtime however, it regains just a bit of what was lost.

Parker’s lyrics, a great attraction for much of the band’s fanbase, is pretty much as on-point as usual. He’s still singing about regrets, anger, and lost romance of course, but his passion and honesty keeps things just as engaging as always. The theme of feeling “indigo” and “dark blue” runs through much of the album in a similar fashion to the “sleepy eyes and bony knees” of fellow up and comers Real Friends. As with the case of Real Friends, some may not resonate with it, but others will likely find it all the more relatable. In any case, it’s hard not to sing along to the hook Parker brings out on standout “Nerve”:

It’s all in my head, there’s not much I can do
You set your pace, I’ll keep mine too
Each time I chase, I feel dark blue
Confuse your face for someone new


The Story So Far have brought all the things they did well to their third outing. All their strengths are here in abundance and few fans can ask for much more. Even I can’t bring myself to say they aren’t just running the course to an extent, but at such an early stage in their career, it isn’t a deal breaker by any means. At this point, I’m content with not caring and singing along until the night comes on.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The definitive TSSF review



Felt pretty strongly about this, let me know how I did



The stream is in one of the other review, check there if you like.

Tunaboy45
May 12th 2015


16708 Comments


Enjoyed reading this, have a pos.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thx *smiley face emoticon*

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

das gud

DungeonBoy
May 12th 2015


5609 Comments


Great review. This album is sitting on my phone right next to me, and I should probably spin it, I just have this feeling it will be like What you don't see pt. II and I'll be underwhelmed.

Digging: Vehemence (FRA) - Par le sang vers

TylerLamberg
May 12th 2015


276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I pre-ordered this so I was going to wait until I got it to listen to it, but I gave in. I'm 8 songs in so far. Don't like it as much as WYDS or USAD. I still really like this though. I'm feelin a 4. Probably won't rate it until I actually get my physical copy and spin it a few times though.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I could see myself liking this more than WYDS in the future. WYDS had to grow on me for sure when it came out. Won't come close to topping USAD tho of course.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2015


24350 Comments


nicely done game. haven't had much time to listen to this yet

Digging: Gorguts - Colored Sands

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks duder



didn't you review their first album?

Atari
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2015


24350 Comments


indeed i did... that feels like a lifetime ago now haha. USAD is excellent

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Golden boy of pop punk right there

cmaitland421
May 12th 2015


407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review man. I'm envious of your ability to write such a detailed and relativity lengthy review for a pop punk record.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Lol thx dude

MattTD
May 13th 2015


678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to it now, rly digging it. Bit more gloomy than the other two albums, bit more grown-up.

MattTD
May 13th 2015


678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review btw, pos'd

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Ummm I don't think the tone is really much sadder or darker, but lyrically I can see that being true. Just my 2 cents of course

TooManyFriends
May 13th 2015


3001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think it's a little different tonally for sure. no double time punk beat or real upbeat stuff this time. the riffs are a little edgier too methinks

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

methinks you speak some truth

Atari
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2015


24350 Comments


i think i might dig this more than their last album, but not as much as USAD. i agree it sounded a bit too familiar at first, but now i'm starting to love it

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It's familiar but good enough to ignore



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