[Live Review + Photography] Story of the Year – Live in Hong Kong

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Story of the Year, a familiar name  of the millennium years in the punk scene, had won million hearts with their teenage rebellious songs; now we’ve come to 2014, are they still relevant to your story after all these years?There is always a sense of struggle-to-survive underlying the lyrics by Story of the Year — for love, for justice, for freedom. And tonight on 6 July, this Detroit post-hardcore band take over Hong Kong with their smooth, energy-filled performance. There is no sign of recklessness and uncertainty but striving for excellence in the reinterpretation of the memory.
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Story of the Year,一個零零年代在punk界熟悉的名字,曾幾何以叛逆的歌曲贏得數百萬年青人的心;來到2014年,你又否仍舊對他們所述的story有同感?SOTY 的歌詞總是有種為生存而奮鬥的意識 — 為了愛、為了正義、為了自由。今晚7月6日,這個以底特律為基地的post-hardcore樂隊以其流暢而充滿活力的表演空降香港。當中沒有半點年青時的魯莽和猶豫,各人均流露出對把內存回憶再次重新演繹的卓越追求。

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Photo Recap – Story of the Year  – Live in Hong Kong
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As part of the Page Avenue 10th Anniversary Tour, Story of the Year play their triumphant debut (almost) entirely with other massive hits like Take Me Back, The Antidote and Wake Up. (see setlist below for whole rundown)Picking up the lost memory of 11 years, this writer recalls upon the release of Page Avenue, Story of the Year broke out and excelled as a rising star in 2003. The tremendous feedback made them a must-see act at Warped Tour 2004.
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作為首張專輯 Page Avenue 10週年巡演的一部分,Story of the Year (幾乎) 把全碟的歌曲帶到現場,中間加入其他大熱作品包括 Tske Me Back、The Antidote、Wake Up 等。(見下面setlist)從11年的迷失記憶裡,小編回憶當SOTY 於2003年發布 Page Avenue 時走勢凌厲,成為注目新星。回響之大使他們在當時最火熱的punk rock音樂節Warped Tour中大受歡迎。
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Stepping out in a Bad Religion t-shirt and denim vest with the Page Avenue cover art, frontman Dan Marsala kicks off the night with opening track And The hero Will Drown off Page Avenue, followed by Dive Right In and Falling Down.Marsala sounds marvelous in live. His maturity has enhanced his vocal expression as well as his confidence in live showcase. His baying range has widened thus he can easily hit most of the screaming endings which SOTY frequently applied to their music.
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穿著Bad Religion t-shirt和印有Page Avenue封套圖案的牛仔背心上台的主唱Dan Marsala以Page Avenue中第一首歌An The Hero Will Drown揭開序幕,緊隨其後以Dive Right In和Falling Down接力。Dan在演出的聲音與錄音專輯中分別不大。成熟不少的他提高了透過聲音表達情感的能力,大大增添在現場展示的信心。他現時的叫喊音域很容易便觸到SOTY歌曲經常應用的未段尖叫部分。
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With the absence of Adam Russell and Philip Sneed’s knee injury that he can only remain static at his spot, Dan Marsala and guitarist Ryan Phillips have to become the driving force throughout the 90-minute concert.Just when you think it will be purely a revisit of your junior years’ oldies, these St. Louis rockers decide to take it far from anyone’s expectation. Ryan Phillips restlessly jumping down from stage and running from one extended step to another with his wired guitar. Perhaps that is the new skill for any guitarists to practice!
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因Adam Russell不能來港再加上Philip Sneed的膝傷,他只能保持靜止在他的現場,Dan Marsala和結他手Ryan Phillips成為整個90分鐘的主要動力。正當你認為這演唱會純粹只是的​​一個對初中年代的舊歌回顧,這幾個聖路易斯搖滾樂手所帶來的卻超越任何人的期望。Ryan Phillips從舞台跳到下面梯級,又帶著結他在梯級間跳躍。這也許是結他手們將練習的新技能啊!
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Marlasa pays as much effort as Phillips does to entertain his fans. He has been bouncing up and down and left to right to get a closer touch with the audience.Yet, they have more tricks to show. All the light are turned on as Marsala and Phillips come down, lean on the barricade and ask the frantic front crowd to sit on the floor. This attracts countless smartphones held high aiming for a selfie like a a group of bees flying towards a jar of golden honey.
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Dan 亦出盡全力與樂迷打成一片,無間斷地左右穿插,不會忽略任何觀眾。然而,他們有更多特別安排。場地燈光隨著Dan和Ryan步下台前調暗,他們倚著欄杆,指示瘋狂的人群坐在地板上。此舉吸引了無數的智能手機,對準他們齊齊自拍!就像蜜蜂飛向金黃色的蜜糖般失控。
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The light is dimmed again with a huge stage light back lit the boys and that leaves only the silhouettes are seen in front of the sunset-like wash. The first verse of “Sidewalk” is gently sweep in acoustic manner and then Dan Marsala gradually lead the crowd to stand up. This song is presented in an unbelievably poetic way which multiply across the theater-size venue. This creative twist of turning the usual arrangement of a total dark environment and a sea of lighters into a dynamic theatric setting is certainly more infectious, memorable and successful.
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一個巨大的舞台燈光在他們的後方亮起,背光關係使觀眾只能看見這兩個男孩的輪廓,看似被夕陽洗禮一樣。 “Sidewalk” 的第一節在Ryan以acoustic方式輕輕掃出來,然後Dan唱到副歌時逐步帶領群眾站起來。這首歌,尤其在劇場大小的場地,呈現令人難以忘懷的詩意。這種創造性的扭曲將往常總以黑暗環境和火機光海的安排提升至更有感染力和深刻。
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Before you’re able to catch your breath, Dan Marsala steps into the crowd again and ask for a body-slamming circle pit. Again, it is another priceless moment to take selfie from 360 degrees.”This is probably not a good idea!” the craziness has clearly scared this tattooed man but he continues “I want a circle pit around me!” The intimacy is beyond anyone has ever imagined. Despite it looks painful to Dan, I think this selfie from Hong Kong is more beautiful than the Oscar one with all the Hollywood stars!
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當你還在喘氣時,Dan Marsala再次步入人群中,甚至要求大家作一次激烈的circle pit。這再次成為另一個360度無價的自拍時刻。「我這可能不是一個好主意!」顯然瘋狂的群眾已經嚇壞了這個紋身樂手,但他繼續說:「我想要一個繞著我跑的circle pit!」這個親密接觸絕對超出了任何觀眾的想像。儘管Dan看來有點痛苦,我覺得這香港的自拍照比奧斯卡那個充滿荷李活明星更漂亮啊!
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Towards the end of the show, Story of the Year do a tribute with a mesh-up to the bands who started out around the time they did and had exerted undeniable influence to the emo/punk culture during the early 2000s – Ocean Avenue (Yellowcard), Cute without a E (Taking Back Sunday), I’m Not Okay (My Chemical Romance) and Taste of Ink (The Used). A true flashback for anyone who are into the neo-punk scene!
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接近演出結束前,Story of the Year向與他們同期組成、對21世紀初emo/punk文化有不容置疑影響力的樂隊作致敬 — Ocean Avenue (Yellowcard), Cute without a E (Taking Back Sunday), I’m Not Okay (My Chemical Romance) and Taste of Ink (The Used)。對於任何鐘愛neo-punk的朋友絕對是一個溫暖回憶!大部分人都以為Until the Day I Die是壓軸歌曲,但Story of the Year決定加入The Wake of Determination專輯中的Stereo作結。
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When people think Until the Day I Die is the undoubtedly encore to wrapped up the show as they always do, Story of the Year extend the show with Stereo off In The Wake of Determination.
Stereo, stereo
Tired bullshit dressed in gold
Scan the youth, find the pieces
(Our hearts have failed us now)
There’s one thing for sure, Story of the Year haven’t failed us with their first show in town.
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有一件事倒是是肯定的,Story of the Year 在港的首次演出並沒有fail us。
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Later on the same night, Dan Marsala shared our live recap on his Twitter.
當晚主將 Dan Marsala 更在 Twitter 分享我們的現場報導。
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現場相片 – Story of the Year  – Live in Hong Kong
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