Story of the Year’s “The Black Swan” Out 4/22

St. Louis alternative rock heavyweights Story of the Year will release their hotly anticipated new album, The Black Swan, on April 22nd.  Like the title suggests, the group’s third studio album is anything but predictable.  Combining the addictive choruses of their critically acclaimed album Page Avenue and the heaviness of In The Wake of Determination, The Black Swan transcends previous releases as their boldest and most accessible album to date.

Featuring the smash hit single “Wake Up” (mixed by Chris Lord Alge) and the piano driven ballad, “Terrified,” The Black Swan was produced by John Feldmann (Page Avenue, The Used) and “Elvis” Baskette (Chevelle, Escape The Fate).  “Making this record felt like starting over,” says frontman Dan Marsala.  “We’re like a brand new band. You can hear it in these songs, we’re excited again.  I think we’ve really stepped it up on this record.”

Continuing with tracks like the remarkably powerful and deeply personal alt-rock anthem “Tell Me (P.A.C.)” and the thought-provoking “Message to the World,” The Black Swan explores social and moral issues close to the band’s heart.  With themes of war and prejudice, and taking lyrical inspiration from the likes of Carl Sagan among others, the group’s latest album finds the band in a refined state.  “Musically, we’ve grown so much.  We have some very unique, timeless, face melting guitar riffs and solos that have come to define our sound, without compromising the idea of a classic song,” explains guitarist Ryan Phillips.    

Fans are encouraged to join the band’s online fan club,, for updates and exclusive opportunities. 

The Black Swan Tracklisting:

  1. Choose Your Fate
  2. Wake Up
  3. The Antidote
  4. Tell Me (P.A.C.)
  5. Angel In The Swamp
  6. The Black Swan
  7. Message To The World
  8. Apathy Is A Deathwish
  9. We’re Not Gonna Make It
  10.  Cannonball
  11.  Terrified
  12.  Pale Blue Dot (Interlude)
  13.  Welcome To Our New War


Tour Dates:

4/5 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA

4/6 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ

4/8 – David O. McKay Events Center – Orem, UT

4/10 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO

4/11 – The Cotillion – Wichita, KS

4/12 – Outside Lankford Mall-Longwood – Farmville, VA

4/13 – The Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI

4/14 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL

4/16 – The Machine Shop – Flint, MI

4/17 – Xtreme Wheels – Buffalo, NY

4/18 – Streeters – Traverse City, MI

4/19 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH

4/21 – The Rock – Maplewood, MN

4/22 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO

4/24 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK

4/25 – Baton Rouge River Center – Baton Rouge, LA

4/26 – Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion – Spring, TX

4/27 – Pizza Hut Park – Frisco, TX

4/29 – The Social – Orlando, FL

4/30 – Floyd’s Music Store – Tallahassee, FL

5/1 – State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL

5/5 – The Mod Club – Toronto, ON

6/20-8/17 – WARPED TOUR

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