In the wake of determination
Emo’s image is not helped by stereotypes; kids with floppy side parted fringes, black nail varnish, expensive clothing and heavy NHS alike spectacles. Not to mention far too many identikit bands, many of which disappear after the first record. Enter Story of the Year, with a name so grand you would have to expect big things. Unfortunately not. ‘In the wake of determination’ sounds like a watered down the Used with about as much edge as a heavily greased football. Like recent emo favourites Fall Out Boy the album reeks or predictability. Singles ‘We don’t care anymore’ and ‘Take Me Back’ could be any band doing this right now, it seems such a long time since American imports were innovative, think Pavement and even Weezer, the current barrage of imports are frankly as faceless as those who worship them.
Don’t get me wrong some emo is great fun; Brand New, Funeral for a Friend and British hopefuls Reuben all hit the spot. If you’re an emo kid looking for a quick fix try something else, Story of the Year may be America’s latest offering, but then again so is George Bush Jr. Avoid this like a cold sore in a brothel.