- £17 + BF
SJM Concerts Present
The Story So Far
plus special guests:
|| Citizen ||
| All Get Out |
Parker Cannon – Vocals
Kelen Capener – Bass
Kevin Geyer – Guitar
William Levy – Guitar
Ryan Torf – Drums
The grassroots, back-to-basics authenticity of THE STORY SO FAR is a blast of renewing fresh air over the most stale corners of the underground music community. The fact that it’s resonated with so many kids around the world is testament to just how starved the scene had become.
Like their single-focused predecessors in legendary pop-punk bands Blink-182, Green Day, or The Descendents, the five guys in The Story So Far got together with no loftier an ambition than to make the music they wanted to hear. Along the way, they just happened to help usher in a pop-punk revival. It’s a “return of the real” that’s made a sea change across the underground.
In just a few short years, a handful of EPs and three full-length albums, The Story So Far’s refreshing, energetic and impressively honest take on hardcore-infused pop-punk music propelled them to the cover of the 2013 Alternative Press 100 Bands You Need To Know issue, to the enduring subcultural benchmark the Vans Warped Tour, and into the hearts and minds of listeners.
Catchy vocal gymnastics and supercharged riffs are delivered with no less precision than the most accomplished of rock acts but disguised by an instantly memorable simplicity that drives the hooks home. The band’s sophomore album, What You Don’t See (2013), delivered on the undeniable promise of Under Soil and Dirt (2011) and cracked the Billboard Top 50 at the same time. The band returned to close collaborator and comrade Sam Pura (Basement, State Champs) for their self-titled third sent, a no-bullshit, wistful but forceful adventure in song.
The group’s focus on songwriting, storytelling and relatable jams worthy of blasting in the darkest of times or in the most relaxing of pursuits continues to resonate with an ever-increasing throng of supporters, in Europe, Japan and Australia, and in clubs and theaters across North America, where The Story So Far has toured with The Wonder Years and Man Overboard. This is music to fall in love to, to heal a broken heart with, to celebrate personal victories, or trudge through life’s hardships. The Story So Far rejects the runaway complications and tired clichés that started to spoil the authentic passion of punk and hardcore, trimming the fat away from the standard chugging guitars and laying as much heartfelt emotion into the music as catchy hooks.
Choruses that demand to be screamed along with at sweaty shows where audiences share a transcendent experience through the communal experience of good old fashioned pop punk, and music that often blurs the line between aggressive rock and bouncing enthusiasm, without ever losing its genuine edge and uncompromising veracity. What began as five kids in the same neighborhood, barely out of middle school, who just wanted to play music, has blown up into a sweeping wave of fist-pumping realism, crashing down on the pretentious and the pretenders.
Whether the band is destined for the large venues and record sales of a band liked A Day To Remember, or even the arena level commanding presence of Blink-182, it’s safe to predict that The Story So Far will be doing it for real, doing it for the right reasons, and carrying their own gear into house shows and basements with as much gusto as they exhibit at Warped Tour.
Everybody Is Going To Heaven Life is short, sometimes hard, and hopefully, meaningful.
This is a reality that doesn't become obvious until you're reaching a certain point, but in doing so, we as human we are, and what we want from our we are, and what we want from our time on this Earth in the process. On their new album Everybody Is Going to Heaven, Citizen stand on the edge of that overwhelming realization, and shout all of those big, tough existential questions into the clouds without the anticipation to figuring out the definitive answers just yet. 2013's debut album Youth introduced the music world to a group of mid-western indie-punks just getting their feet. After seeing their album chart in the Billboard 200 upon its release, sell more than 20,000 copies to date, and embark on massive tours with sold out headlining shows, the band Citizen is becoming is now more obvious than ever in the way they convey themselves sonically and artistically as individuals with purpose Recorded with Will Yip at Studio 4, Citizen's second full-length effort presents the most fully realized version of the band to date in spite of it being their most dissonant and chaotic material they have ever written. The marriage of destruction and beauty looms throughout the album from its start to conclusion, with its sequencing mirroring a journey from the cradle to the grave that concludes with the juxtaposition between death and light on" Yellow Love" and "Ring of Chain." As songwriters, Citizen have adapted highly personal introspection as a means to confront fear, loss and honest revelations into their words. Lead singer Mat Kerekes splits open his head onto the canvas with both distress and violent bliss over heady topics such as a conflicted relationship with a mother on "Dive Into My Sun," to selfcriticism of a control complex on "My Favorite Color". Perhaps the most permeating specter throughout the album is the loss of loved ones experienced throughout its members' lives over the past year, as evidenced on "Heaviside" and "Weave Me (Into Yr Sin)". Collectively, members Nick Hamm, Jake Duhaime, Ryland Oehlers and Eric Hamm's contributions to this chaotic life cycle are celebrated through an abrasive atmospheric core that can at times feel unforgiving, while nurturing in others. Everybody Is Going to Heaven begins with a blank slate, explores its fair share of life's ugly moments and tragedies along the way, but ultimately, leaves this world on its own volition and peace of mind. You could say this represents where Citizen are now: A band who passionately sets out to create their own art, and makes itself clear they have no intention of retracing past steps or mistakes set into the ground by their others, or even themselves. It is their journey alone, and all part of their own distinct unique path that life has waiting for them.
South Carolina’s All Get Out first burst into the modern indie landscape with their 2011 debut The Season. Despite the album becoming somewhat of a cult-classic for those in the know, the band went quiet for several years to follow. But luckily for us, they returned in 2016 with a new EP and album, Nobody Likes A Quitter. Since, All Get Out has been damn-near-constantly on the road, touring alongside bands like Taking Back Sunday, Ratboys, Foxing, You Blew It, and more. The word about this band is finally spreading, with anticipation for their forthcoming Equal Vision Records debut climbing right alongside it.
Pure Noise recording artist, The Story So Far have today announced a EU & UK tour this Autumn. All dates will be supported by
Citizen and All Get Out.
This will be the bands first time on our shores since Download 2017 and will see them hit 16 dates across 6 countries, including
Londons O2 Forum.
THE STORY SO FAR
Mon 24th September Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
Tue 25th September Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
Wed 26th September Knust, Hamburg, Germany
Fri 28th September Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany
Sat 29th September Hansa 39, Munich, Germany
Sun 30th September Universum, Stuttgart, Germany
Tue 2nd October Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wed 3rd October Le Petit Bain, Paris, France
Fri 5th October SWX, Bristol, England
Sat 6th October 02 Forum, London, England
Sun 7th October 02 Institute, Birmingham, England
Tue 9th October Beckett SU, Leeds, England
Wed 10th October Garage, Glasgow, Scotland
Thu 11th October Riverside, Newcastle, England
Fri 12th October 02 Ritz, Manchester, England
Sat 13th October Engine Rooms, Southampton, England
General on sale is Friday 4 th May at 9am
THE STORY SO FAR are:
Parker Cannon/ Vocals
Kelen Capener/ Bass
Kevin Geyer/ Guitar
Ryan Torf/ Drums
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