Story of the Year and John Feldmann talked with Billboard about Page Avenue 15 years later:
I don’t want to take credit for the success of the record — but I mean, I have to, to a certain extent, because Ryan and I fought a lot. He wanted it to be a metal record, and if it would’ve been the record he wanted, it would’ve never connected the way it did. The record needed to have the melodies and the vocals the way that they were, in order for people to really understand how great the songs were. That probably took 10 years for Ryan to really understand.
If you look back, they didn’t hire me to do the second record. That’s how bummed Ryan was on how the first record sounded. He was really upset. He was like, “This record is a pop record.” He wanted to make something heavy, so they hired a metal producer to do the second record, which failed horrifically. It got them dropped [from the label] and it didn’t connect. I think in hindsight, Ryan understands it. But when he was a kid, he was so defiant on my process. It was really challenging for me. He worked at Papa John’s pizza. My job was to make sure he didn’t have to work at a pizza store anymore. I was really trying to give him a career.
Phillip Sneed has posted on Facebook that he was kicked out of Story of the Year. His full statement can be found below.
Story of the Year’s Ryan Phillips is the latest guest on “Gear Masters.”
Story of the Year have released a new video for “Praying for Rain.”
Story of the Year have released a video for “Bang Bang.”
Story of the Year’s new album, Wolves, is now streaming over at Fuse.
Story of the Year have released their new song “Miracle.”
Story of the Year have shared their new song “I Swear, I’m Okay.” I’ve heard the album, it’s poppy, but in a lot of ways it feels like a modern version of Page Avenue. It’s fun and well produced. It’ll definitely be getting some spins for a few weeks.
Story of the Year have released their new song “Bang Bang.”
Story of the Year is releasing their new album on December 1st to backers of their PledgeMusic campaign, and then December 8th to everyone else.
Story of the Year have debuted their new single to PledgeMusic backers.
Story of the Year’s new album is finished and has been sent in to be mixed by Tom Lord-Alge.
Story of the Year’s Page Avenue will be coming to vinyl via SRC Vinyl. Pre-orders go live tomorrow.
It looks like Story of the Year are recording their new album with Aaron Sprinkle.
Story of the Year are heading to the studio and have set up a PledgeMusic to help fund the new album.
Lead singer Dan Marsala reflects upon the 10th anniversary of Page Avenue, reimagining the record on Ten Years and Counting, and the crossroads Story of the Year currently finds itself at.