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Story of the Year Biography

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Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Years Active: 1995–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Post-hardcore, Post-grunge, Punk Metal

Story of the Year is an American post-hardcore band formed in St. Louis, Missouri in 1995. The band was initially named 67 North but was then changed to Big Blue Monkey. They then changed their name to Story of the Year in 2002 after the release of their EP titled Story of the Year on the indie label Criterion Records, after they realized a blues group of the name Big Blue Monkey had already existed.

After spending 7 years as a local band, recording demos and three EPs, Story of the Year signed a deal with Maverick Records in 2002, then recorded and released their debut album, “Page Avenue,” in September 2003. The first single from that album was "Until The Day I Die," which peaked at #12 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The second single, “Anthem of Our Dying Day” peaked at #10 on the same chart. The album peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

Story of the Year returned to the studio with producer Steve Evetts in 2005, to record their second studio album. “In the Wake of Determination,” released in October 2005, is much heavier sounding than the previous album. Although not as commercially successful as its predecessor, the album debuted at #19 on the Billboard 200. The single “We Don't Care Anymore” went to #28 on the Alternative Songs chart.

Story of the Year returned to the scene in 2008 with their anticipated release, “The Black Swan.” For the album, they brought back “Page Avenue” producer John Feldmann and also used producer Elvis Baskette. The first single off the album was "Wake Up." The album peaked at #18 on the Billboard 200, their highest success to date. It was also #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart.

Story of the Year decided to end their five year relationship with Maverick and signed with Epitaph Records. Their first release on Epitaph, “The Constant” was released in February 2010. The album reached #42 on the Billboard 200.