STORY OF THE YEAR
Those who accuse Story of the Year of identity confusion have the story only half right. While the St. Louis band is a Warped Tour regular and releases albums on punk label Epitaph, the truth is that SOTY has more in common with radio rock bands such as Hoobastank and Chevelle. That doesn’t change on their fourth album as producer Elvis Baskette (who also worked with Chevelle) helps SOTY crank out at least a half dozen songs that fit perfectly on any modern rock dial. Try “Ten Years Down,” with its perfect riff and huge chorus, or “Holding on to You,” a midtempo ballad that builds from a piano riff until singer Dan Marsala wails, “I found a way to make it through/Holding on to you.” It’s rock radio fodder of the highest caliber.