The Story So Far: The Renaissance of Pop Punk?

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The Story So Far
Touring with New Found Glory seems like a dream come true for any up and coming pop punk band...especially one that takes its name from the closing track of Sticks and Stones, like California band The Story So Far does. The group just wrapped up a tour with NFG, where the pop punk vets played Sticks in Stones in its entirety.

We recently caught up with bassist Kelen Capener after the band checked out of a Las Vegas hotel to discuss touring with New Found Glory, the resurgence of pop punk, and what to expect from The Story So Far's next album.

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-New Found Glory's Steve Klein on New Album, Changes in Pop Punk, and the Fate of International Superheroes of Hardcore

Up on the Sun: I see you guys were on New Found Glory's Sticks and Stones tour. What was it like touring with the band that gave you your namesake?

Kelen Capener: It's a bit strange, obviously because we were really young when we listened to that band. You don't think you'll end up touring with this band, so it's surreal. They're our friends, so it's fun. We get to share a stage with them. It's a new experience seeing how they perform and how they operate. We're sort of taking notes and enjoying the tour. We're only five days in.

How did you guys first come into contact?

The first I heard of them even having any knowledge of our band was from our friend who interviewed Cyrus [Bolooki], their drummer and had asked what he'd been listening to recently and he mentioned our album. That was, I think about a year ago. Later, there was talk of the Sticks and Stones tour and we got the offer. I met Chad [Gilbert] and Steve [Klein] at Warped Tour, and they told us about how they pushed for us to be on it, so it was cool. They sort of knew about us, I don't know how, but they came across our band and they wanted us on their tour, so we're really appreciative of that.

I see that Steve Klein produced your forthcoming album. What was it like working with him?

It was nice. It's hard sometimes to step away from your songs when you're writing them, so he was kind of the sixth ear, he was outside of the songs, he could tell us if a song had too much of something or not enough. We'd go write, rewrite, or restructure songs based on his criticisms. It was definitely very conducive to the process, he definitely made the songs sound more mature and more refined, so we were glad to have him as a part of the project.

What can we expect from your new album?

I don't think it's too far from what we've already done. Like I said, I think it's a little more refined, but granted it has a lot of the same tones, it's got a different message. Musically, I think it's a little more refined. I don't think it loses touch from the music we've already put out. It has our sound. I don't know, it's kind of hard to describe audio, but I think people will enjoy it.

Is it a full length?

It is 11 songs. We finished recording it recently, so it's in the mixing process. Probably about a three month turnaround would be the soonest for having that album released.

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Formerfriends Ofyoung Americans
Formerfriends Ofyoung Americans

A. Great thread. B. you are 2/3 right. Pop punk & shoegaze are dated. The genres are both valid but new bands recycling old formulaic versions of these genres are absolutely invalidated by as artists by their lack of creativity. Experimental, if in fact it is experimental is quite another story & embodies the spirit of art. C. Comparing ffoya to sum 41. Love it!! Make it happen captain, that sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the discussion up on the sun & Nicole Parasida! Don't forget to donate www.indiegogo.com/ffoya

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

Course! But I'm going on record and saying it: Blink-182 wrote some incredible pop songs.

Nicole Parasida
Nicole Parasida

ps - I'm fully aware of my opinionatedness and I respect/appreciate it when in all fairness someone will play along, so to speak. Never to harm or troll per say, just to voice my sometimes my unpopular opinion ;) I suppose that's part of why I blog.

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

To each, indeed Nicole. And Robert Tobias Fatzinger, you're going to love the piece I just finished about Former Friends, in which I compare you guys to New Found Glory, The Starting Line, and Sum 41.

Nicole Parasida
Nicole Parasida

Sure ... I can dish it out, and take it. To each their own ;) I'm waiting to hear any "pop punk" that doesn't make me want to vomit. That's all. I will eat my words if and when I have a change of heart.

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

Nicole , I just think condemning an entire genre of music is weird. You don't have to be a Story So Far fan (not my thing at all) but I get defensive sometimes, like when people say "I listen to everything except rap and country."

Nicole Parasida
Nicole Parasida

Indeed ... thank you for picking my comment apart as well, I appreciate that ;) good thing there is an edit button on these things :)

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

Also, Nicole Parasida, don't you mean they are some of the *best* examples of musical mediocrity?

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

But truthfully, "pop punk" is no less valid than "shoegaze" or "experimental" music. You could classify the Ramones as pop punk. Or Dogbreth for that matter.

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

Yeah, Robert Tobias Fatzinger what's our problem? All we ever write about is pop punk!

Nicole Parasida
Nicole Parasida

To each their own Robert Tobias Fatzinger (taste and all) but to say there is going to be renaissance of pop punk is probably far fetched, because music cycles, as you know. The 80's is trending right now, so that means pop punk probably has another 20 years before it's reinvented and when it does, hopefully becomes more palatable.

Nicole Parasida
Nicole Parasida

God I hope not. It was bad enough during it's last incarnation (pop-punk). Some of the *BEST* examples of music mediocracy.

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