The Story So Far: The Renaissance of Pop Punk?
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.
The Story So Far
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.
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.