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The Story So Far Are In The Studio

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 11, 2014

The Story So Far are in the studio working on something. Check out a teaser from both Pure Noise Records and the band below after the jump.

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The Last Six Months With The Story So Far

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 28, 2014

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The Story So Far have posted a tour video from the past six months on the road. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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POZ Gallery

Mar 2, 2014

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POZ Gallery: Sidewave Show
Features: The Story So Far, Real Friends
Location: The Tivoli - Brisbane, Australia
Photos By: Demi Cambridge

Warped Tour Announces Next Six Bands

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 12, 2014

The tenth set of bands for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour have been announced via Fuse’s Warped Roadies. You can check out the lineup so far below after the jump and be sure to reblog the post with your thoughts so far!

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Mayday Parade, The Story So Far, Real Friends Sidewave Shows

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 31, 2014

Mayday ParadeThe Story So Far, and Real Friends are playing two Soundwave Sidewave shows. Check out the dates below after the jump 

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POZ Gear Talk: Will Levy Of The Story So Far

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 23, 2014

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For this week’s segment, I (Pat Benson of Polar Bear Club) talked with my good friend Will Levy, who plays guitar for The Story So Far. I first met Will in the fall of 2012, when our bands toured together on the Glamour Kills Tour. He and I spent the better part of the days just talking about gear and playing guitars, so while piecing together ideas for this column, I thought to myself, who better to talk shop with than Will? This interview was conducted for about an hour and a half over the phone; Will in the beautifully sunny Walnut Creek, California, and myself inside, heat cranked, and draped in several layers of flannel and sweatpants as Upstate New York underwent a winter vortex. We talked about my favorite Gibson model ever in production, why Led Zeppelin is still the best rock ‘n’ roll band, and all sorts of other cool stuff that you’ll have to just read to find out. Oh, and if you haven’t yet, I suggest picking up the band’s last record What You Don’t See which was released last year on Pure Noise.

How did you get started playing guitar?

I think I was in first or second grade. My dad first introduced the guitar to me. There were always guitars around the house; my dad always played and still does. He was always in bands. I don’t even remember the first time I heard live music, I just always grew up with it. He was in a cover band and was the singer and played rhythm guitar. I don’t think I took guitar super seriously and really buckled down until I was in high school. I could play a few power chords and what not. I took lessons but not seriously; I was always playing baseball. Once I met the dudes in my band, I started to take guitar more seriously and get better at it. So that’s when I really started playing.
 
So did your Dad end up getting you a guitar when you started out, or did you just end up using his stuff for a while?
 
I actually got a bass for my first instrument. It was an Ibanez Soundgear that he bought for me at SamAsh in New York City when I was in fourth grade. I always just borrowed his G&L Stratocaster. So I don’t think he ever bought me a guitar besides the bass. The first guitar that I bought was a Gibson SG for like $300.
 
So you started right out with Gibson when you got serious about playing?
 
Oh yeah. Kevin had a Gibson SG, as well as the other Kevin who was in the band before me. So they were like “You’ve got to get an SG!” So, I got one. I still have it and gig with it and it rules.
 
What are you playing now?
 
I have a Gibson RD. It was made in the ‘70s for like three years. I think ‘77-’79.  I have a reissue that I got from Gibson about three or four months ago. It’s like the meanest playing guitar I’ve ever picked up.
 
That’s been one of my favorite Gibson models for a while now. They recently have been popping up. Every time I see someone playing one, I think to myself “this person gets it,” haha.  What inspired you to play such a unique Gibson model?
 
A friend had showed it to me, and I just thought it was so mean looking. Then we were invited up to the Gibson showroom up in Seattle earlier this spring, and that was the first time that I had ever laid eyes on one in person. They just had it there, and I picked it up. It had a huge neck, and that’s kind of fitting because I have huge hands. I don’t even think I plugged it in. I asked the guy what could I do to get this guitar, and he said they were all out of them then. He never got back to me and basically just said he couldn’t find me one. So months went by and I kept hitting him up and begging him. I’m sure I annoyed the shit out of him, haha. So eventually he sold me the showroom model, so I guess I got the last one.
 
That’s awesome. They’re very hard to find, and it’s funny that even the reissues seem to be just as hard to come across along as well.
 
Dude, I found one at a Guitar Center by my house in February. It was a ‘77 all-original, made in the Kalamazoo factory. This thing was huge, man, it was so heavy and the neck was even bigger on that one then the one I currently have. I picked it up, and I was like, “Fuck, this thing is a junker.” No one there had any idea what it was. I think that one was more of an investment though. It needed a fret job, along with a lot of other work. I was about to leave for tour, and I said if it’s here when I get back, I’ll buy it. It was like $750, so it was real cheap. When I got back from tour, it was gone.

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Elder Brother (TSSF, Daybreaker) Announce Debut Album

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 3, 2014

Elder Brother will be releasing Heavy Head on March 11th via Pure Noise Records. Check out a new song called “Throw Me To The Wolves” in addition to the artwork and track listing below after the jump!

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Today’s Mixtape Festival Announce 2014 Lineups

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 17, 2013

Today’s Mixtape Festival will be holding festivals on both the East and West Coast this spring, and the fantastic lineups for each show have been revealed. Check out all details below after the jump! 

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POZ 10Of’13: Staff Albums Of The Year

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 16, 2013

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2013 was, as expected, an incredible year for music. We’ve been busy preparing for a great 2014 at PropertyOfZack, but we wanted to share our staff compiled Albums Of The Year feature, which highlights both our top ten LPs and EPs of 2013 before jumping into the New Year. Check out the full feature below and reblog to let us know your favorite albums of the year! 

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The Weekender: Nothing Gold Can Stay

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 14, 2013

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Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.

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New Found Glory Kick Guitarist Steve Klein Out Of Band

Sometimes we just need something to stay constant, to say as good as it always was. That constant for most pop-punk fans over the past 15 years was New Found Glory, which is why it came as such a true and heartfelt shock when the news came out that the band had kicked guitarist Steve Klein out of the band.

While most would most likely hope that the decision was mutual  it is somewhat very clear from the band’s statement that Klein did not leave on his own desire. Klein has still not released a statement and it is unclear when and if he will. 

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In Defense Of Boundaries / In Defense Of Outrage: A Response

PropertyOfZack published two In Defense Of… pieces this week after The Story So Far’s fan boundary incident came up last weekend, and both pieces were met with tremendous response. Excerpts are below:

The problem is that when the physical boundaries are stripped away, the equally important invisible boundaries — that pseudo-sacred contract between concertgoer and band — can get lost in the shuffle. The lack of separation between stage and pit is, at its heart, an emblem of trust. The band trusts its fans to not abuse that shared space (where stage dives and crowd surfers abound), so when a crowd-surfer rides a crest of flailing arms up to the stage and plants a kiss on Parker Cannon’s face, it’s a slap in the face to Cannon’s right to personal space. - Erik van Rheenen

But what is it about this particular incident that has it racking up an astounding 1,600+ likes and reblogs on our site? Why did it generate 800 comments in a thread on AbsolutePunk? Or, to break out of our own bubble for a bit, why did a similar (if more salacious) on-stage assault of rapper Danny Brown earlier this year spawn a thousand thinkpieces?

Why is it that a quick peck on Parker Cannon’s lips generates twice the buzz as a story about New Years Day’s Ash Costello being repeatedly sexually assaulted by a member of Blood On The Dance Floor? Why is it that, when Mariel Loveland of Candy Hearts details her own experiences with ingrained sexism in the scene, not only does it barely register a blip on the radar, but inevitably draws the sort of commenters who insist on proving her point via their own cluelessly sexist feedback? And why is it that it never stopseven when you’re Hayley Williams, Queen of the Punk Universe? (Or Florence Welch, or Lady Gaga?) - Jesse Richman

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For Today Frontman Backhandedly Apologizes To LGBT Community

For Today were put in a very sticky situation this past spring when their former guitarist went on several hateful rants against the gay community. The band did the right thing: they kicked him out.

All good, right? Well, a recent blog from For Today’s frontman has been discovered where he at first made slight apologies to the LGBT community only to then spew a lack of understanding and also disbelief by gay marriage and love in general.

It’s unclear how their frontman thought this was a good idea following what happened last spring. We’ll see what happens next.

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My Chemical Romance ‘May Death Never Stop You’ Details 

May Death Never Stop You won’t be coming out in January, but it will be coming out in March. The release will feature the band’s greatest hits in addition to the much-sought after Attic Demos and a studio version of the last song the band was working on before they called it quits.

What’s interesting about the release however is that pre-orders will be launching in January, a full two months before the actual release. It seems like both the band and Warner Bros may be trying to stick a high charting debut with the release. Maybe we’ll see press streams of the demos, etc to boost sales. Time will tell.

In Defense Of Outrage: A Response

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 10, 2013

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We’re pretty sure that, by now, you’ve heard about the female crowdsurfer who planted an unwanted kiss on vocalist Parker Cannon during The Story So Far’s show in Houston last week. In fact, we know that you’ve heard about it, because an astounding number of you liked, reblogged and shared our news post on the story.

Yesterday, we published a piece from Editor-in-Chief Erik van Rheenen titled In Defense Of Boundaries, which addressed the unspoken contract between band and fan. But working on that piece got us wondering — why is it that this particular story has blown up the way it has? What does the overwhelming interest we’ve seen in this story tell us about our scene?

We don’t think there’s a single answer to that question — it’s the result of many factors. But one of those factors sticks out like a sore thumb. Today, in the next piece in our In Defense Of… series, senior Staff Writer Jesse Richman asks why we’re so outraged… or more pointedly, why are we only getting outraged now?

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by Jesse Richman, edited by Erik van Rheenen

Let me preface this by making one thing clear: Erik van Rheenen is 100 percent right. (So are most of our readers, judging from the feedback to both his In Defense Of Boundaries piece and our original news post on the incident). It’s unequivocally not OK to kiss someone without their consent, whether it’s in a private room or on a stage in front of hundreds of people.

But what is it about this particular incident that has it racking up an astounding 1,600+ likes and reblogs on our site? Why did it generate 800 comments in a thread on AbsolutePunk? Or, to break out of our own bubble for a bit, why did a similar (if more salacious) on-stage assault of rapper Danny Brown earlier this year spawn a thousand thinkpieces?

Why is it that a quick peck on Parker Cannon’s lips generates twice the buzz as a story about New Years Day’s Ash Costello being repeatedly sexually assaulted by a member of Blood On The Dance Floor? Why is it that, when Mariel Loveland of Candy Hearts details her own experiences with ingrained sexism in the scene, not only does it barely register a blip on the radar, but inevitably draws the sort of commenters who insist on proving her point via their own cluelessly sexist feedback? And why is it that it never stopseven when you’re Hayley Williams, Queen of the Punk Universe? (Or Florence Welch, or Lady Gaga?)

Why is it that when the drummer for Bellwether is accused of sexual assault, so much of the Internet leaps to his defense, or calls for prudence, as though false rape accusations aren’t astoundingly rare? I’ve never been a teenage girl, but I imagine coming forward as a rape victim doesn’t win you any popularity contests in high school, and takes roughly a metric fuckton of courage.

Why is it that we have no qualms calling Cannon’s assailant a “bitch,” a “fucking slut,” and a “fangirl” (because only female fans do fucked-up things, right?), as if her actions, wrong as they were, give us some kind of free pass to say shit we know is deeply awful?

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POZ Festival: Southeast Beast Fest

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 10, 2013

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The Southeast Beast Fest will be taking place on April 5th and 6th in Jacksonville, FL, and PropertyOfZack is proud to be sponsoring the festival. The lineup includes The Wonder Years, The Story So Far, Stick To Your Guns, Terror, and so many more bands. Check out the full lineup and ticket details below after the jump. 

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In Defense Of Boundaries

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 9, 2013

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Update: In Defense Of Outrage: A Response

You visit PropertyOfZack for a reason. It doesn’t matter whether you visit for blink-182, Brand New, The Wonder Years, Paramore, or our original content. What matters is that when you boil down all those bands into one thing, a general ethos comes from it. It’s punk-driven music and what that entails. 

The backbone to the music we all love is the experience we take away from it in its live environment and the way each of us as fans interact with our favorite bands. In light of a well publicized event this weekend, PropertyOfZack is rolling out our second In Defense Of… feature where we give much-maligned underdogs of our scene a fair shake — and try not to embarrass ourselves too badly in the process.

We’re continuing the series with the give and take between a band and their fans, and where lines are met and/or crossed. Let us know what you think of the feature, and feel free to reblog or comment back with your thoughts.

by Erik van Rheenen, edited by Jesse Richman

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Never Do This At A Show, Ever 

This is, for want of a better title — “warning” sounds too severe, “cautionary tale” too late-90s after-school-special-ish — the Parable of the Errant Smoocher, and it goes a little something like this:

The concertgoer-band theorem is a relatively easy to grasp mathematical equation. When you shell out your fifteen bucks to catch The Story So Far in concert, you’re paying to watch the Bay Area pop-punkers play songs (and probably to sing along to “Mt. Diablo,” but that’s beside the point). And when a venue books The Story So Far, the band is (hopefully) getting paid to play a concert. That’s it. Simple enough, right?

Where the equation gets complicated (and since I haven’t taken a math class since freshman year probability and statistics, the math metaphor ends here) is when you start factoring in frontman Parker Cannon’s status as an object of fan obsession — a side effect of The Story So Far’s meteoric climb in scene popularity for sure, but one that can’t — and shouldn’t — be overlooked. So when a fan in Texas last week decided that her price of admission included the right to jump on stage and kiss Cannon mid-song, well, the equation fell straight to pieces.

Now, I’m not calling for bands to beef up their barricades and play sets physically separated from fans — if my stance was any more polar opposite to the idea of propping up barricades at every show, it would be frozen at absolute zero. When bands like The Story So Far play barricade-free venues, it’s a magical thing. Heck, some of my best concert stories start with some iteration of, “I stage dove to ‘Living Saints’ and it was awesome.” There’s something special about when a band closes the distance, removes barriers keeping concertgoers from the stage, and lets fans take a more proactive role in the experience.

The problem is that when the physical boundaries are stripped away, the equally important invisible boundaries — that pseudo-sacred contract between concertgoer and band — can get lost in the shuffle. The lack of separation between stage and pit is, at its heart, an emblem of trust. The band trusts its fans to not abuse that shared space (where stage dives and crowd surfers abound), so when a crowd-surfer rides a crest of flailing arms up to the stage and plants a kiss on Parker Cannon’s face, it’s a slap in the face to Cannon’s right to personal space. 

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The Weekender: The Devil And God Raging Between Fan And Band Interaction

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 7, 2013

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Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.

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Motionless In White Decide To Stop Preaching To Fans

Chris Motionless wrote a blistering blog this week that stated the band would no longer preach to fans about their beliefs. Chris went as far to say that he is no one’s hero and that he has saved no one’s life and that the band will not stand for hypocrisy from fans about the misconceived roles their audience has placed upon them.

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Never Do This At A Show, Ever

Bands, in the long run, are nothing without their fans. But that does not mean fans can take advantage of their favorite bands inappropriate ways. 

A fan kissed Parker Cannon of The Story So Far on stage yesterday in Texas, and the action was surely not one that Cannon was okay with. The Story So Far are just one of many bands that opt to play venues without barricades so they can give fans the show of their dreams, but actions like these push bands to play behind a barricade for their own safety and comfort. 

Watch what you ask for. 

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Hayley Williams Comments On Public’s Skewed Perception Of A Female Fronted Band

Hayley Williams has long undergone gossip and inappropriate comments from the media regarding possible or desired relationships between her and her bandmates. Williams recently spoke out about these preconceived notions after reports began flowing in that she and Taylor York were dating regardless of her long-known relationship with New Found Glory.

Be respectful.

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Brand New Are “Planning On A Lot More Shows” In 2014

Brand New are letting fans know more and more that they’re aware of the frustrating that they release onto the world when only announcing limited shows. The band this week 1) stated that they were aware of ticketing issues and will make more of an effort in the future to negate problems and 2) would be playing many more shows in 2014 to meet demand. 

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A Day To Remember’s ‘Common Courtesy’ Has Sold 90,000+  

A Day To Remember didn’t sell 90,000 copies of Common Courtesy alone. They did it with their fan base, which they’ve shown nothing but care and belief in since the start of their band. A huge accomplishment.

Never Do This At A Show, Ever

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 7, 2013

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Update: In Defense Of Boundaries 
Update #2: In Defense Of Outrage: A Response

The Story So Far played a show in Texas last night. During one of the band’s song, a fan made their way onto the stage and kissed frontman Parker Cannon without his consent or desire. This is never okay to do at a show, especially to a band that you apparently respect and love.

The Story So Far, in general, are also a band that fight to play shows at venues without barricades so their fans can enjoy the set to its fullest. Situations like these are what make bands want to play behind barricades. You can watch a video of the event below after the jump. 

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