The Story So Far/Maker - Split Release Date: November 23, 2010
Record Label: Pure Noise Records
The new breed of pop punk is expanding at an alarming rate, and The Story So Far and Maker are two names that fans of the genre should become familiar with in a hurry. The Story So Far play the more poppy style of the two groups, showing obvious New Found Glory influences, but still lean toward the more punk side of things with a ferociously fast tempo to their music and rapid-fire, hit-and-run lyrics. Maker are on the slightly rougher, more raw side of things, led by impressive guitar work.
With this split, listeners get three new songs from The Story So Far and two songs from Maker. On Maker's side, it is apparent that the band has vastly improved from its I-91 EP. The band seems to have found the sound that it was looking for, and the sound isn't quite as rough as it was before. Everything seems more organized now, the vocals are clearer and easier to listen to, and the entire band seems to have gotten better at their respective instruments. "Sink Or Swim" is in all likelihood the group's best song, showcasing both the band's instrumental talents and improved vocals.
On The Story So Far's side of the split, which is actually the first side, they show off their California style of pop punk that should help them blow up soon. A good comparison for the group is fellow Californians Set Your Goals, as Parker Cannon's vocals over chaotic musicianship will please fans of Mutiny! "Brevity" is a short introductory track that leads into "Mt. Diablo", a heart-on-sleeve, mosh-necessary song. "680 South" proves to be the best offering on The Story So Far's side. The song has more than a few vocal hooks and a guest appearance from Ben Kotin adds some roughness to the bridge.
Both of these bands should see some increased popularity as the new wave of pop punk becomes more and more entrenched with listeners. It wouldn't be surprising if one day, people look back on this split as a gateway for both bands into long, successful careers. The Story So Far perhaps shows the most promise out of any new pop punk band, as the group is still very young.
Another great split. It's weird seeing these pop punks band hitting the scene and being the underdogs. It seems like the wonder years transit man overboard and fireworks were all just in the same spot so short ago. These two bands along with handguns will most likely blow up