Featuring members of Hawthorne Heights (Mark McMillon and Christopher Popadak) and The Stereo (Chris Serafini), Dayton, Ohio natives The Story Changes’ newest album ‘To Hell With this Delicate Equation’ is an energetic blend of late 90’s/early 2000’s emo, modern rock, and a moody aggressiveness that supplies a gritty edge in all the right places. The album arrived on 4/26 via Magnaphone Records on Vinyl, CD, and digital outlets/streaming services.
Embracing their DIY upbringing, the band spent their blocks of time home in between tours throughout 2018 building a new studio in McMillon's (vocals/guitar) home and recording the album there free from distractions and any sort of deadline. The singer explains, “For me, it was really important to take our time on this record and work on it over the last year when we had pockets of time that didn’t feel rushed. Building the studio here and recording it at home was both scary and exhilarating. Once we got past the initial fear of doing it ourself, it was completely freeing and an absolute rush.”
With that freedom came the extra time to dive in and experiment more than ever. McMillon notes: “I really wanted to try some different approaches with my voice on these songs and had a lot of fun layering my normal singing voice with additional whispers, screaming, and everything in between.” The “whisper effect”, as it has become dubbed by band, adds a sort of haunting effect that becomes a theme throughout the album and ties many of the songs together. The addition of screaming in select moments also helps to drive the album even further. The end result is twelve songs of honest, energetic, moody and aggressive rock that make ‘To Hell With this Delicate Equation’ sound equally at home in both 2019 and 1999.
Standout tracks like “Shooting Stars”, “Crying Wolf”, “Golden Age”,
and “Shake” incorporate The Story Changes’ sound from their fan favorite 2013 LP ‘Static and Trembling’ , but with a slightly more aggressive tone and added confidence.
‘To Hell With this Delicate Equation’ was mixed by longtime friend Jamie Woolford (Gin Blossoms, The Smoking Popes, Punchline).