Story of the Year Returns with “Real Life,” Bringing its Early 2000s Punk Sound Into the Present

Adrian GarroCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

Story of the Year, the St. Louis-based rock/punk/emo band that burst onto the scene in 2003 with its debut album, Page Avenue (and its era-defining single, “Until the Day I Die”), is back.

“Real Life” is the title of a new single from the group, shared on Wednesday as the band’s first bit of new material since 2018’s Wolves. Paired with a dramatic music video, the song blends the band’s classic sound with a bit of a more contemporary feel, and it works well:

“’Real Life’ is the sound of four lifelong friends re-lighting the torch and deciding they want to be a full time band again,” said guitarist Ryan Phillips in a statement.

Added vocalist Dan Marsala:

“Real Life is a return to form for Story Of The Year. It evokes the same emotion and energy of Page Avenue but with a brand new and exciting feel. It’s a song about the constant struggle of making a relationship work. The ups and downs of being in love. Not every day is full of sunshine, but if you fight through the pain together, you can make it out alive with a smile on your face.”

The new song, which celebrates Story of the Year’s new deal with SharpTone Records, also features the return of bassist Adam Russell, who had exited the band around 2014 (and was not involved in Wolves). Speaking with Rock Cellar this past June at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim (about his Thank The Maker: A Star Wars Podcast that he co-hosts with Bayside’s Nick Ghanbarian and Ryan Key of Yellowcard), Russell said a bit about Story of the Year’s renewed activity:

“Like every new album, you know, every artist will tell you it’s their best album ever. But this might be objectively the best shit we’ve ever done, for real. It really brings back the earliest sound of Story of the Year, but very up to date, very modern.”

Stay tuned for more regarding Story of the Year’s return to action.

Story of the Year also has some upcoming tour dates, including festival spots (as part of October’s When We Were Young Festival in Las Vegas) and headlining dates with Hawthorne Heights and Escape the Fate:

Sat, Aug 27 – Is For Lovers Festival – Wichita, KS*
Sun, Aug 28 – Is For Lovers Festival – Denver, CO*
Tue, Aug 30 – South Side Music Hall – Dallas, TX
Wed, Aug 31 – Rise Rooftop – Houston, TX
Fri, Sep 2 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
Sat, Sep 3 – Center Stage Theater – Atlanta, GA
Sun, Sep 4 – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville – Nashville, TN
Mon, Sep 5 – Piere’s – Fort Wayne, IN
Tue, Sep 6 – The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
Wed, Sep 7 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
Fri, Sep 9 – Four Chord Music Festival 2022 – Washington, PA*
Sat, Sep 10 – Ohio Is For Lovers Festival 2022 – Cincinnati, OH*
Sun, Sep 11 – Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022 – Alton, VA*
Fri, Oct 21 – When We Were Young Sideshow – Las Vegas, NV
Sat, Oct 22 – When We Were Young 2022 – Las Vegas, NV*
Sun, Oct 23 – When We Were Young 2022 – Las Vegas, NV*
Fri, Oct 28 – Backstage Bar & Billiards – Las Vegas, NV
Sat, Oct 29 – When We Were Young 2022 – Las Vegas, NV*

*Festival Appearance

(Russell’s Mosh Eisley, an offshoot nightclub/party with an emo/Star Wars theme, will also host an event on Oct. 28 in Las Vegas):

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