Story of The Year kicked off the second leg of their “20 Years of Page Avenue” tour during the first week of this new year bringing the show through Nashville this past Wednesday, January 24, 2024, with a stop at Brooklyn Bowl on the tail end of this final leg of the tour. Youth Fountain and We The Kings joined the party and helped rock the packed house at this unique venue situated in the Germantown area of Nashville.
The night began with Youth Fountain. This three piece has a big sound the betrays the fact that there are only three musicians on the stage. Hailing from Canada, these guys are pop punk to the core that displayed an impressive vocal range of both clean, smooth melodies and equally impressive screams that are so common within the genre. Fronted by Tyler Zanon who both sang and played guitar throughout the night, they played selections from the newest release “Together in Lonesome” .
The night continued on with a crowd favorite, We The Kings. These guys bring an energy to stage that is contagious. Playing through an 8 song setlist of songs both new and old, the crowd sang along a large majority of the night. A particularly sweet moment was when lead singer Travis Clark invited the audience to do a dance his daughter made up, and the crowd was only too happy to oblige. It was equally fun and sweet. They also performed a newer song, “When We Were Young” which had a backing track of Mayday Parade’s lead singer Derek Sanders singing as a dueting lead throughout the song. They ended their night with “Check Yes, Juliet” which found Travis reminding the crowd that this was “their song”. To close out the song, the crowd serenaded the band with an acapella version of the chorus as encouraged from stage, making a very beautiful end to the set.
Story of The Year made their way to the stage in a haze of red lights and smoke, opening their set with “And The Hero Will Drown” to an enthusiastic crowd who was ready to party. The played through songs from the album the tour was named for as well as selections from previous albums as well as from their newest release 2023’s “Tear Me To Pieces”. In between songs, lead singer Dan Marsala talked with the crowd that included a musing about how they are getting to see (and maybe corrupt a little) the second generation of fans now that the band has been around for so long. The band played through a 13 song main set that had the crowd dancing all night long, and maybe even a little moshing too. They closed out the night with a four song encore that included an emo medley, and of course, with the song that they are most famous for “Until The Day I Die”. As you can probably imagine, the crowd made sure to be heard singing along.