Nerds Take On Punks At The Roller Rink In New 80’s Inspired Music Video From The Story Changes (Mark McMillon & Christopher Popadak of Hawthorne Heights & Chris Serafini of The Stereo); New LP ‘To Hell With This Delicate Equation’ Out This Friday, April 26

“An emo classic? You’ve got it.”- Substream Magazine

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The Story Changes’ new LP ‘To Hell With this Delicate Equation’ will be released on April 26 (vinyl, CD and digital/streaming services) via Ohio-based Magnaphone Records.

Check out the band’s latest video for “Shooting Stars” here:

Mark McMillon of The Story Changes says, “I love the feel of 80s movies, and what’s not to love about two rival gangs of ‘nerds’ and ‘punks’ battling it out at their local roller rink? I think everyone can relate a little to the nerds as they get picked at until they finally snap and retaliate. I wouldn’t want to be on the other side of the line in that rink when the nerds say enough is enough.

This was so much fun to film! I feel our band is guilty of having everything always come off so serious. It was really refreshing to do something meant to be silly this time around. We filmed in the roller rink near my childhood home, so it was a total blast from the past being inside. That place is an absolute time capsule. A great cast of friends in bands from our hometown stepped up to be the punks and nerds. They all killed it!”

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Pre-orders bundles are available at:

1st pressing vinyl info:
100 Red w/ black smoke
100 Clear w/ black smoke
100 Black w/ white splatter

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 was mixed by longtime friend Jamie Woolford (Gin Blossoms, The Smoking Popes, Punchline).

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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.

Upcoming shows:

APR 19 The Fremont- Des Moines, IA

APR 20 Wake n Bake Breakfast Company- Burlington, IA

APR 21 Nightshop- Bloomington, IL

APR 26 Omega Music (Free Acoustic Set + Album Listening Party)- Dayton, OH

MAY 10 CRAFT & VINYL- Columbus, OH

MAY 11 Yellow Cab Tavern- Dayton, OH

The Story Changes

Mark McMillon – Vocals, guitar

Christopher Popadak – Drums, percussion

Chris Serafini – Bass, vocals


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