Review: The Story So Far

Bridget Rickman recounts her experience at The Epicentre for The Story So Far:

Pop-punk band The Story So Far hit San Diego for their 2014 Fall Tour, which started October 1st and will be ending this Halloween. The Walnut Creek natives played alongside UK band Gnarwolves at The Epicentre this past Friday.

It was no surprise that this quickly became another sold-out show for the popular band. With a fan-base that has only been growing since their start in 2007, The Story So Far brings together a large group of teens and young-adults who scream every lyric with angst filled passion.

It only took one beat for the crowds to start rushing towards the front, each fan uncomfortably squeezed against another. Of course, no one cared as the music blared through the small venue and the moshing picked up speed. It’s always a good feeling, as a fan, to see the look on each band member’s face as they gaze out into the frenzy their music creates. Teenagers hung from the rafters, kids dove into the crowd with looks of determination, a classic scene for most pop-punk shows. As the set moved on, the clothes of every fan became more drenched in sweat, and the smiles and singing grew more aggresive.

The Story So Far played fan-favorites such as Quicksand and Mt. Diablo, as well as some tracks off their new album titled, Songs Of. A line of fans pressed up against the front of the stage let out cries of admiration for the handsomely tattooed front man, Parker Cannon. The microphone took turns being screamed into, back and forth between the band and their dedicated fans.

The Story So Far stopped between songs to thank everyone and pointed out that they were at a loss for words because of how fun the show was for them. It was a moment where everyone recognized how much both the band and the fans feed off of each other for that adrenaline fueled good time.

As the night came to an end, Epicentre staff informed The Story So Far that there was time for just one more song and no-doubt the crowd screamed every last word with conviction. As someone who frequents local shows, I have to say that The Story So Far was one of the best live performances that I have had the chance to be a part of