The Story So Far
with Four Year Strong, Terror, and Souvenirs
May 29, 2015
Polish American Social Club
Vero Beach, FL
Review and photos by Ashleigh Brooke Ahern
For South Florida pop-punk kids, May 29th wasn’t just another show. The current it-band, The Story So Far, was making their way to Central Florida and sending the South Florida scene on an adventure to the Polish American Social Club in Vero Beach. For those of you who don’t know, that’s a two hour trek north into the great unknown. So far into the unknown, I barely found the place because of my lack of phone signal.
Starting off the show wasn’t a band, but rather a game of Duck, Duck, Goose. Fifteen kids sat in a circle on the floor, tagging and chasing after one another, even jumping over the circle to make sure they weren’t tagged. After 10 minutes, the game ended and people started to fill in around the shin-high stage. Souvenirs came on and warmed up the crowd. While it was clear that they were the unknown band of the night, the crowd swayed and bobbed along to their softer, more indie sound.
Next up was hardcore band, Terror, and I can promise you, their set really lived up to their name. Taking it up not one, not two, but ten notches; the crowd was absolutely wild. Fans pushed their way to the front and crowd-surfed to the stage, only to stage-dive and surf back. Normally, stage divers and crowd surfers barely faze me, but these were something else. The hardcore scene is not for those who are unprepared, and this was quickly proven by the girl standing next to me who couldn’t stop crying because of how scared she was. Regardless of the ferocity of the crowd, lead singer Scott Vogel seemed fueled by it.
Taking the stage in their bearded glory was Four Year Strong, a band that’s been on every pop-punk kid’s playlist since the early 2000s. With the release of their last full length album in 2011, the band fell a little off the radar as fans weren’t very receptive to it. This didn’t keep fans away, though, or from singing along to all of their older songs. And, of course, the crowd was just as wild. So wild, in fact, that one crowd surfer kicked singer and guitarist Alan Day’s mic stand into his face. Lucky for all the Four Year Strong fans, Day was a trooper and shook it off quickly before continuing to play. Despite the small incident, fans kept flying to the stage, jumping up to take selfies and sing along. Finishing off their set with the ever popular “Wasting Time (Eternal Summer),” the boys invited everyone on stage. When I say the stage was filled, it was absolutely filled to the point that the band was lost in the horde. I’ll give them this: they put on one great set.
Finally, it was time for the main act: The Story So Far. As if they weren’t already huge in the pop-punk scene, the band just released their third full-length album, this one being self-titled. If the band didn’t bring the feels before, this album certainly did, and I have yet to hear anything bad about their latest release. Fans pushed towards the tiny stage as members took their spot. Lead singer Park Cannon ripped into “Quicksand” and a new energy filled the room. Those who were cowering in fear during Terror must have been hiding in the back because the crowd was a giant shove/jump/scream party, complete with constant stage divers and crowd surfers. I’m not sure if I was more amused or afraid. Many found a spot to stand on stage, spending the entire show singing/screaming along with Cannon to his incredibly relatable and painful lyrics. Despite all the craziness, the crowd never seemed to let up, and only got stronger during popular songs, “Things I Can’t Change,” “Nerve,” and “Empty Space.” By the end of their set, no one was ready to say goodbye and let the night end as they chanted for one more song. Unfortunately, an encore wasn’t given. As great as that final song would have been, I don’t think anyone could say that they left Vero Beach unhappy or unsatisfied.