Story Of The Year Going 'Soft And Pretty'
The third single from rising rock act Story Of The Year's debut Maverick album "Page Avenue" will be "Sidewalks," lead singer Dan Marsala tells Billboard.com.The third single from rising rock act Story Of The Year's debut Maverick album "Page Avenue" will be "Sidewalks," lead singer Dan Marsala tells Billboard.com. "We're going to go for the soft, pretty song for all the nerds out there," he says with a chuckle. Prior tracks "Anthem of Our Dying Day" and "Until the Day I Die" reached No. 10 and 12, respectively, on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Concepts are still being bounced around for a "Sidewalks" video. "Every idea we came up with cost too much money or was too weird," he says. "We're trying to figure out the right idea for not a lot of money."
Story Of The Year is winding down its stint on the Vans Warped Tour, which Marsala says has allowed him to enjoy some of his favorite bands up-close, including Bad Religion, Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag and NOFX. Off-stage craziness has been kept to a minimum, but one particular on-stage incident has kept the band laughing for weeks.
"During the first song one day, [guitarist] Ryan [Phillips] jumped and did some dumb kick but he split his pants," Marsala says. "The whole bottom split in half. He doesn't wear underwear. So he threw his guitar down and ran offstage in the middle of the song. In the middle of the next song, he shows back up with different pants. He just took off running; he ran all the way back to the bus and ran back to the stage. I know the crowd didn't know exactly why he left!"
As previously reported, Story Of The Year will take a month off after Warped before headlining the second Nintendo Fusion Tour. Some work, but mostly relaxation, will likely dominate the downtime, the band's first in nearly a year-and-a-half.
"We might start writing a little bit," Marsala says. "But after the Nintendo tour, we'll start writing for the next album. We have a couple of things we're working on, but we'll probably just hang out and relax."
"Until the Day I Die" can be heard in the trailer for the forthcoming Billy Bob Thornton film "Friday Night Lights," which arrives Oct. 15 in U.S. theaters. "This is our first actual song in a movie," Marsala says. "And it's not like 'Lizzie McGuire' so it's cool. I'm a big Billy Bob Thornton fan."