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BETHLEHEM, Pa. October 22, 2004 -- Something Corporate and Story of the Year will perform in concert at Moravian College’s Johnston Hall on Friday, November 19, at 8 p.m. The two co-headliners will bring their unique style of alternative rock to Bethlehem for a concert sure to delight students and fans in the Lehigh Valley. General admission tickets are $25 and go on sale to the public on Monday, October 25, online at musictoday.com or by calling Music Today at 800-594-TIXX.
Story of the Year formed during 1995 in St. Louis, Missouri to play a unique blend of alternative metal and emo. Their music has been influenced by Metallica and the Deftones. Their debut album by Maverick Records, titled Page Avenue, was released in spring 2003. It has received critical acclaim, fueling the music scene with chaotic tracks like “Falling Down” and bittersweet ballads such as “Anthem of Our Dying Day.” The album, Page Avenue, reached the number one spot on Billboard’s HeatSeeker’s chart, while their anthemic single, “Until the Day I Die,” reached number 12 on the publication’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Story of the Year — known as Big Blue Monkey in the late 1990s — is a modern rock group comprising vocalist Dan Marsala, guitarists Ryan Phillips and Phillip Sneed, bassist Adam Russell and drummer Joshua Willis. The band’s increasing popularity earned them a spot on the Warped Tour last summer when they shared the stage with Linkin Park, POD, and Hoobastank.
Something Corporate originated in Orange County, California. Rolling Stone’s website reports, “This band plays college rock built around catchy piano melodies, fancy guitar decorations and whiny vocals.” They classified the band as alternative/punk or emo. The band was nominated this year for a Woddie Award, which is awarded by MTVU.com, for Best Sophomore Album (“North,” released October 2003).
Something Corporate's sound is anchored by the piano playing of lead singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon. The alternative rock band infuses piano into their songs in an inventive and melodic way. Citing both Billy Joel and Elton John as influences, while injecting the irreverent guitar edge of modern rock, SC brings a fresh new sound.
The band rose to fame on their highly acclaimed, 6-song, E.P. Audioboxer, that was released last fall with the intention of helping the band grow a fan-base outside of California. January through April saw the band deeply in the midst of recording material for their full-length, debut LP, Leaving Through The Window. Songs on the album range from energetic, hopeful, and playful to emotional, meaningful, and beautiful.
The concert, sponsored by the College’s student-run Concert Committee, will be held in Johnston Hall, Monocacy and Locust Streets, Moravian College Main Campus. For more information, please contact the HUB desk at (610) 861-1491 or visit Moravian College on the Web at www.moravian.edu.