The Story So Far: Under Soil and Dirt

Since I’m pretty sure tickets went on sale today, I’m going to round out the Glamour Kills review lineup tonight as an act of mourning that I wasn’t actually purchasing tickets. All that’s left of the list is Under Soil and Dirt by The Story So Far, so let’s go!

Before starting this blog a couple of months ago, I honestly haven’t been keeping up with recent rock music – or let’s get real, what I refer to as “the scene.” I was all over this in high school, went through a better-than-you phase in the early years of college, and now I’ve come full circle. One song into this album and I’m pretty bummed I can’t attend this tour. I feel like it’s Warped ’04 all over again.

The Story So Far kick off the album with the clenching States and Minds. This band meshes together like cookie dough and chocolate chips and I like the treats my ears are devouring. There’s some legitimate good music going on as they reel you in to this album. Quicksand solifides your commitment to the ordeal as this lyrically-faster track hits you like a ton of bricks. They also steal my heart and whip out some clever lyrics: this quicksand, it pulls me under, it pulls me underneath her and I’m learning how to live with my unintended consqeuences while you’re busy jumping fences, afraid to stay in one spot for too long.

High Regard will be one of my favorite tracks on the album. The vocals kind of remind me of The Starting Line mixed with All Time Low. This band blends pop-punk guitar melodies that sound sweet as sugar with lyrics that could slice a person in two in this track.

Does anyone remember A Heartwell Ending? (Or are they even still together? Mental note to check this) The lyrics that The Story So Far spit out on Mt. Diablo remind me of that band – in a totally good way. Do you look yourself straight in the eyes and think about who you let between your thighs? Cut the shit and be real with me.

The band takes it down a couple of notches in Placeholder as they hold off on quite so heavy on the guitars and opt for quieter tunes in the background. The vocals are as strong as ever, acting as the absolute shining star in this track.

Taking the tempo back to normal level, the band rounds out the album with Closure – and with the strongest lyrics on the album: Stay under my skin, tear me limb from limb, plague me to an end. I can’t believe I always thought I would be there for you. A smart idea to end the album back on something so sweetly bitter that it’s enjoyable to the listener (as long as the listener isn’t the subject of the song).

The Story So Far pumps out an incredibly solid album with Under Soil and Dirt. This is something to listen to if you have a skewed sense of humor (read: dark, dry, sarcastic, ironic) or if you’ve been jilted by someone who you still hold a grudge against and you enjoy pop-punk. I’m a sucker for lyrics that pull out the stops and shock you over music that sounds so upbeat you have to look up the lyrics to make sure you heard such a remark. This band delivers. They also know what they’re doing with their instruments and create a thirty-two minute album that is a great listen – and a great addition to my regular rotation.

 

Key Tracks
High Regard (track 5)
Mt. Diablo (track 7)
Closure (track 11)

 

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