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Interview:
Story of the Year takes a 10-year pause to celebrate landmark album
 

by GARY GRAFF
@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

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Dan Marsala says Story of the Year was never worried that its two-year hiatus between 2011-13 would lead the St. Louis alternative rock band to a permanent split. But he was concerned about who would be waiting when the quintet reconvened to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its debut album, "Page Avenue."

"I always knew we would do something," says Marsala, 32, "but I was worried that maybe if we went away people wouldn't care if we came back or not. What if we have this 10-year anniversary thing and got back to being a full-time band and nobody wanted to show up? That's the only thing I worried about.

"But the response has been great. Everybody is super-excited about it, and so are we."

The focal point of Story of the Year's celebration is "Ten Years and Counting, which comes out Oct. 8 and recreates 10 of "Page Avenue's" 12 songs -- including favorites such as "Until the Day I Die" and "Anthem of Our Dying Day" -- in "drastically different versions," making use of piano, strings and other instruments, while Marsala tames his screaming approach from the original album in favor of more traditionally melodic vocals.

"We wanted to do something special," Marsala says. "We talked about everything. The original record didn't need to be remixed or remastered or anything like that. So we figured let's break all these songs down and completely re-record everything.

"It's more for the die-hard fans who love the songs already and would love to hear different arrangements of them. We're self-releasing it. We paid for everything ourselves. We did everything very independently, and it's just awesome to be able to do it and put something like this out there."

Story of the Year is performing "Page Avenue" in its entirety as originally recorded on its 10th anniversary tour, but Marsala says the group "might throw in one or two versions similar to the new record, just to mix it up."

Story of the Year headlines the Scream It Like You Mean It 2013 tour with Like Moths To Flames, Hawthorne Heights, Capture the Crown and I Am the King on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Crofoot Complex, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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