Article by: Danielle Tracy
After the release of their split album, ‘Analogies,’ The Story Changes have continued to grow musically from all of their continuous touring since 2006. The band now has a chance to bring something new to their repertoire to make them a band no one would soon forget. The 4 song EP,‘This Is Your Moment’ is only the beginning.
The album begins with a haunting intro played on a piano in their lead track, “Tidal Wave.” Mark’s commanding and strong vocal performance brings out the main focus of the song which is staying in the moment and not letting it go. “Back and forth I’m swaying into this tidal wave, the pressure’s forming, it’s building up.” The song is describing how your indecision is like a tidal wave and the longer you let it hang over you, the more pressure you will feel. A catchy lead track, and the perfect way to start off the album.
Coming smoothly after the lead track is the song, “How Long.” This song sticks out on the album as the more mellow song with a more uplifting meaning behind the song than we are used to from the traditional writing of the band. The question that keeps popping up in the song is, how long are we supposed to wait for people to find what they are fighting for? These words depict someone waiting around for you to find what you’re fighting for because all we are doing is wasting time. Everyone needs to know where they stand to be able to stand on their own two feet. The way Mark and Poppy stay in sync throughout the song, gives it a hypnotic sound that will make this song an easy favorite.
The next song on the album is, “Nights Collide.” A very strong, but mellow song that adds some catchy guitar riffs to make it the “repeat” song off the album. This song definitely stands out as the band’s rock anthem. The way it was written will have many people relating to its honest lyrics about standing up and sticking together. “We don’t stand a chance if we don’t mend the cycle.” This line of lyrics is repeated throughout, allowing people to understand that if we don’t change our ways of accepting people for who they are, this same process will keep going on forever. No matter how different we may all be, we can stand together for the same purpose.
Lastly, The Story Changes final song is a cover of Nirvana’s song, “Breed.” The band remained true to the spirit of Nirvana, but kept their sound alive. They calmed the sound down more from the original heavy guitar and drum sound we are used to hearing from Nirvana. With their own sounds mixed in, The Story Changes made a classic song their own. A great choice of song for the band to cover, fitting in to their genre well.
As a whole, the EP is a great achievement for the band. Being a low key band with only two members to contribute to the musical aspect, their sound is as big as a standard rock band would be. Their lyrics have gotten lighter and more driven to mean something greater than just the dark side of life. With a lighter look on life, The Story Changes is looking at a brighter future.
Overall rating: 9/10