This show had to be the most anticipated show for me as a photographer so far. Leading up to it I thought back to 2004 when I first saw Story Of The Year at Birch Hill in Old Bridge, NJ & watched numerous live videos from their sets back in the day. The amount of energy they possessed on stage back then was tremendous that all I could think was "Man they would be fun to shoot." Luckily, this past weekend I got the opportunity to.
Getting to the venue wasn't easy as it took a tow, an uber, a train ride and a couple subways to get to the venue JUST IN time for the music. That is neither here or there and I won't bore you with those details. What I can tell you is that everything that I anticipated unfolded right before my eyes. I was first thinking to myself, "Years later... will they have the same energy on stage that they use to?" God knows if that were me, the answer would be no because after each show I feel aches and pains in places I didn't know I could feel.
That first note hit and we were off. My head on a swivel as I watch Story of the Year light up NYC. Hearing the music blasting in front of me and the lyrics roaring from behind me. You can tell that NYC is truly a second home for this band. Though it has been some years, NYC poured all its passion and emotion into each song as SOTY gave the same in return. Playing new songs off their most recent self released album "WOLVES" as well as many classics of prior albums this show was one I am very happy I did not miss.
Review & Photos by Kevin Miller
Full photo set HERE