Californian band, The Story So Far, put on a show last Sunday that Pittsburgh will not forget anytime soon. With opening acts like Souvenirs, Terror, and Four Year Strong, there’s no question as to why the show was so populated. From hardcore moshers to punk stage divers, there wasn’t a single ticket that went unsold.
TSSF usually has a set list packed with their most reknown songs, presenting opportunity for show goers to sing along and point their fingers. However, this time they chose to play most of their songs from their new self titled album. Songs like “Heavy Gloom” and “Nerve” demonstrate the new sound that TSSF is striving for. While they have kept to some of their roots with melodic riffs over pop punk beats, TSSF is trying to stray away from the generic pop punk sound and differentiate themselves.
Front man, Parker Cannon, has altered his vocal style in comparison to the band’s past albums like Under Soil and Dirt. While he still can write songs with audience appealing choruses like “Smile” and “Distate,” Cannon has adapted to a new style that seems to be a mixture of hip hop and pop punk. His lyrics have become more rhythmically syncopated, rather than focusing on the long, held-out notes he’s written in the past.