The latest single from the Charleston, West Virginia pop rock band A Story Told is taken from their upcoming album, American Made (out everywhere on July 16th), and has a great bounce to it in the same vein of bands like Twenty One Pilots, Smallpools, and the electronica-tinged brilliance of AWOLNATION. “I Don’t Mind (To Get A Little Hurt Sometimes)” is a great re-introduction to a band who are trying new and interesting elements in their sound to keep themselves on the cutting edge. The band is comprised of vocalist Alex Chaney, guitarists Josh Allen and Jason Lieser, bassist Zach Holley, drummer Casey Hardman, and their new sound feels ready to explode into the mainstream sooner rather than later.
The track starts off with a spiraling, electronic beat that persists throughout the background of the the first verse and the build-ups to each chorus. Chaney is as captivating as he’s ever been with his vocal delivery, as he pays direct homage to Twenty One Pilots-stylized rapping over guitar rock chords. His impressive vocal range on the chorus showcases the growth A Story Told has taken from their earlier material. The lyrical material focuses on taking brave new steps in finding that relationship that could change everything for the better. I came away very impressed by the growth this band has showcased on this latest track, and makes me that much more excited to hear the rest of their upcoming album. A story Told sounds as professional, poised, and immediate as they’ve ever been, and appear ready to take that next giant step towards notoriety on this great new song.
With so much new momentum going in their favor with a catchy first single, a new album coming out in the middle of summer, and the possibility of touring come back, it would not surprise me in the least to see A Story Told on some major pop-punk tours’ billing in the near future.