Saint Louis’ favorite sons, the rock band Story of the Year, played to a sold out crowd at The Pageant Friday night with a vibrant set that included many band staples as well as some tracks the band hadn’t played in a while.
Singer Dan Marsala’s voice sounded as strong as ever and the rest of the band (guitarists Philip Sneed and Ryan Phillips, bassist Adam Russell and drummer Josh Wills) threw down like prize fighters at the height of their game with so much energy it was almost exhausting to watch. Almost. Whatever energy source they have should be bottled up and sold, I’ll take two.
Fans ate up the heavy portions of alt-rock and punk-metal the band dished out with glee, eagerly wanting more.
The band normally does a medley of songs near the end of the show, but did two on Friday. The first one was eclectic with Sneed singing a pretty spectacular version of “Royals” by Lorde. The medley also included Marsala doing a rendition of “Wrecking Ball” from a bar rail in the middle of the audience. Yeah, that just happened. It was a great way to keep it light while showing their diverse talents, and the fans seemed to enjoy everything they tossed up.
With St. Louis mired in what has seemed like some to be the longest winter ever, Story of the Year provided a reprieve with a hot set on a blistery cold night. It was a set that fans were thankful for.
Story of the Year Setlist:
1) In the Shadows
2) And the Hero Will Drown
3) Wake Up
4) Black Swan
5) Anthem of Our Dying Day
6) Take Me Back
7) Our Time is Now
8) Dive Right In
9) Page Avenue
10) Medley (included: Royals-Lorde cover/Wrecking Ball-Miley Cyrus cover/Alive-Pearl Jam cover)
11) I’m Alive
13) Welcome to Our New War
14) Angel in the Swamp
17) Falling Down
18) The Antidote
19) Is This My Fate? He Asked them
20) Medley (Included: Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard cover/Cute Without the “E” – Taking Back Sunday cover/I’m Not Okay – My Chemical Romance cover/The Taste of Ink – The Used cover)
21) Until the Day I Die