The Story Changes - Last Night a Rock Band Saved My Life (Cover Artwork)

The Story Changes

The Story Changes: Last Night a Rock Band Saved My LifeLast Night a Rock Band Saved My Life (2005)
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Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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The Story isn't changing at all, no, it's actually reading the exact same way. Last Night a Rock Band Saved My Life is a mediocre effort that puts the Story Changes firmly into the category of forgettable. This brand of pop-punk/rock that's becoming so damn popular is really wearing on my last n.

The Story isn't changing at all, no, it's actually reading the exact same way.

Last Night a Rock Band Saved My Life is a mediocre effort that puts the Story Changes firmly into the category of forgettable. This brand of pop-punk/rock that's becoming so damn popular is really wearing on my last nerve, but the Story Changes manage to keep themselves from breaking that nerve, by way of some run-of-the-mill albeit catchy pop songs.

With a tight rhythm section and the sugary sweet vocals of Mark McMillon, the band plods through eleven songs in a fairly standard 40 minutes. The songs all hover around the three-and-a-half-minute mark, enough time to allow for the typical verse-chorus-verse structure, not that I was expecting a wealth of diversity with a band like this anyhow, but they've got their moments. But before all that, I have a bone to pick with the band. Listen to the first ten seconds of "Kill the Radio," then the first ten of the Mad Caddies "Wet Dog," and what will you find?

Identical song openings.

The Story Changes do things a bit faster, but it's the exact same rhythm and the exact same chords. Mad Caddies use a bass, these guys a guitar, other than that, completely identical. But if you're willing to forgive for that, and I am, I'm in a good mood, than feel free to listen on. "Apologies from the Swing State," "Buried in Me," and "These Dreams Collide" have some compelling harmonies, assuming you don't delve too far into the lyrical matter. The latter's actually got some pretty strong guitar work, both in volume and rhythm, providing for a surefire sing-along, again, providing the lyrics are your bag. Typical, boring, failed relationship fare, but if nothing else it fits the style of music. The Story Changes pace themselves well, and keep those solid, foot-tapping rhythms abound, until the acoustic "Crash and Burn" destroys all previous momentum. Next time, I'll pass on the sappy, token acoustic track. The closing track isn't really one to redeem the band any; it simply doesn't have the bouncy, catchy quality that the rest of the album did.

If you listen to Cartel or Anberlin, I see no reason why you wouldn't enjoy this light-hearted pop-rock affair; it's good for a few spins. Their problem is longevity; if Anberlin's album is a bridge, the Story Changes are only a pier.


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ihavechappedlips (August 19, 2007)

I don't have much of an issue with the rating... this definitely isn't the best that they can do, but not only were you very stuck up and snobby in reviewing this, you didn't even get a lot of things right. Being a jerk isn't going to do anything... but being honest and smart about your reviews will.

Anonymous (December 5, 2005)

The Story Changes is a perfect example of modern day indie-rock with a little pop. The CD is awesome to ride around to and listen to in the car. The tunes are fun to sing along to. The whole album is produced so well. Keep it up, Story Changes!

Anonymous (December 4, 2005)

i don't have the whole album, but, what i've heard on purevolume doesn't do it for me. i recall this band being a bit less pop and a bit more rock, not to mention that it is far too overproduced for my tastes.

Anonymous (December 4, 2005)

Even though I am good friends with the band, the music on this cd speaks for itself. Mark McMillon is one of the best lyricists that I've heard in a long time. Granted most of the songs are about relationships and such, but mark finds a unique way to spin them around. "On the Outside" and "Tunnels End" and "These dreams collide" all contain great guitar work. This disc really hasn't left my player since I got it. Give it a listen and thank me later.

As for their older stuff, it's great too. I've been following these guys since back in the Rod days. Though their style has changed, they're not trying to be something they arent. They havent sold out.

This band contains three of the nicest, most genuine musicians that I have met. I can't wait for these guys to take off and get the recognition and respect that they deserve.

If you do want to check these guys out, I'd recommend listening to "Hockey temper" off of their Sparechange split (it's my personal fav) or "On the Outside" off of the new disc.

Fuck the haters.

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

The Story Changes, what can be said about these gentlemen. I have seen these boys play countless times and they always seem to get better and better everytime. So in this readers opinion I think that this band has only broken the tip of the iceberg, but going to devour the whole thing before they are through. Thank you

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

This album is so awsome! Its full of great music.
If you haven't seen this band in concet yet your missing out there all great guys and all play great music!
A true Fan

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

what's bad is that the band seems flabbergasted that someone didn't consider the album the best thing of the year and expect their "fans" to go and spam the comments with good reviews.

That's pretty lame. If you make music, especially music that is as run of the mill as this band is, then be ready for some people to think you are only average or people to not like your music. Accept it, say, "OK, they didn't like it," and move on.

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

I really enjoy this album, top knotch stuff. I particularly like "On the Outside".

What's wrong with the band posting this on their website or whatever? It's the internet. I mean, people that go to their site or myspace or wherever have a right to know that the album got reviewed here and that they can come and comment on it like everyone else. Kudos to the band for not shying away from a mediocre review. Most just pretend the bad ones don't exist.

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

If you can't take a mediocre review, then why are you playing music? Here's what the band just posted to all their myspace friends...

"What's up friends??

So, the guy that punknews.org chose to review our record really isn't in to our type of music at all and decided to rag on it. It's our first bad review of the new album!

Rather than shy away from it, we figured it's a pretty influential site and we want your help to bring how you feel to the spotlight.
The beauty of the site is that anyone can review it and have it added to the page via their comment box. You don't need to have an account or anything. Please take a minute to say some nice things: punknews.org review of TSC

Let them know what you think of the music. If you don't have the record, the songs from our myspace page are from the album. There is a comment link button just slightly below the album cover art on the right hand side. We appreciate the support!

We're getting a good amount of really good press from other outlets, we just fealt like this guy didn't get what the band is all about and feel like he wouldn't have liked it no matter what because of his tastes. No worries! Go and tell them what you think of the songs!"

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

i deffinately love these guys. saw them in november, they are amazing. i love their lyrics.

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

The Story Changes is one of the best bands ever. Just because a band doesn't sound like every band on the radio these days doesn't mean that the band is bad. Get over it and admit their album is awesome.

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

This bad rocks my socks nuff said....

Jeremy f

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

i love the story changes they rockkk my socksss :-) awesome!!

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

I don't understand you at all. I saw this band about a week ago with Let Go, loved them, picked up this album, and it hasn't left my player since. I love them because they don't sound run of the mill. My reasonings for loving it are because it DOESN'T fall in line with all the current trends like Cartel and such. This would remind me more of Jawbreaker, Seaweed, etc. There is also no screamy whiny emo crap on it either. You are wrong, this album rocks.

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

this band used to be called blah blah blah blah blah

Anonymous (November 15, 2005)

this band used to be called rod, and rod had this one song I really enjoyed live but then rod broke up, and the studio version of it paled from the live rendition, but i guess my pointis the story changes is a pop-punk band that has been around longer than you probably think. Sparechange, who also have gone through a few name changes, did a split with these guys and sparechanges first LP was fantastic but again, because they are in the pop-punk genre no one looks at them seriously. If these bands got to make a living as a band versus your drive thru records/yellowcard type, the world would be a happy place.


colin (November 15, 2005)

man that's a great last line.

i hate cliche titles for albums and songs. get to the point, let the music speak for itself.

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