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The Story So Far

The Story So Far: What You Don't SeeWhat You Don't See (2013)
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I remember listening to While You Were Sleeping a few years back and loving the record. I fell out of touch with The Story So Far and got a stark reminder last year that I needed to catch up after listening to Stickup Kid. I loved their passion and edgy take on pop-punk as they incorporated more of .
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I remember listening to While You Were Sleeping a few years back and loving the record. I fell out of touch with The Story So Far and got a stark reminder last year that I needed to catch up after listening to Stickup Kid. I loved their passion and edgy take on pop-punk as they incorporated more of a punk/hardcore vibe. Suffice it to say, What You Don't See is testament to just how far the band have come and how much work was put in. I expected it to be decent; my expectations were exceeded.

"Things I Can't Change" and "Small Talk" are typical TSSF - fast-paced and gritty pop-punk. The quick licks and speedy riffs stand out with William Levy and Kevin Geyer adding the extra dimension needed to ensure they're differentiated from generic pop-punkers. Parker Cannon's vocals are crisp, clean and tight as he's got that usual pop-punk voice down but his delivery is more loose and lends to a sense of freedom and vibrancy on the mic.

TSSF cultivate a clean sound that's shown in spades through "Right Here" and "Empty Space." These tracks are leaps and bounds better than their already-impressive older music. There's a finesse and sense of maturity in the songwriting and the instrumentation. Everything has a neat, cohesive flow which works for fans with an ambivalent view of this genre.

Ryan Torf's incessant drums are what gives more credence to why this band is one to not ignore. His timing, precision and fluidity complement the music so well. The remainder of the record wanders a bit but doesn't go too far off course. It never gets monotonous and it's very digestible.

TSSF find its true sound here and it is a pleasant spin of melodic punk which is signaled exquisitely by "Framework." This track sums up why I see anticipation building for these guys once folk get wind of this record. They've got a bright future ahead, no doubt.

 

 
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BPositive (January 1, 2014)

Ryan Torf's solid drumming helps to make this album truly wonderful and the godliness of Parker Cannon's voice and lyrics just solidifies every song and makes it one of my favourite albums of the past year. The Glass and Small Talk are probably my 2 favourite songs off this album!

BizzyBizonian (November 6, 2013)

Love this album they get better and better!

SilentStorms (March 30, 2013)

I still prefer the Hindsight EP by Over It.

skolarx (March 29, 2013)

I prefer When Fortune Smiled. That's these guys right?

mmclean4 (March 27, 2013)

I think its better than Under Soil and Dirt, the only thing I don't really like is the vocals-they seem way too polished.

thisrespirator (March 27, 2013)

This is a really good record, but I don't think it's nearly as good as Under Soil And Dirt, but making an album better than that is really hard.

telegraphrocks (March 26, 2013)

Not only do I highly dislike this band, but they stole the name of a band that was actually good.
Somehow... is that rape?

thenewpope (March 26, 2013)

why does every "pop-punk" band nowadays use the early 2000's style of shouty emo vocals? it annoys the piss outta me.

danperrone (March 26, 2013)

also you only gave this a 4/5 which basically mean it's garbage

danperrone (March 26, 2013)

not as good as under soil and dirt which is really one of those once in a blue moon pop-punk records that is just freaking awesome from start to finish.

the bar was set really high and there was no chance they were going to meet it. it's not bad, but there are far less standouts on here.

johnlocke (March 26, 2013)

Great follow up to "Under Soil and Dirt", gets better with each listen

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