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The Story Changes (Mark McMillon and Christopher Popadak of Hawthorne Heights and Chris Serafini of The Stereo) Releasing New LP ‘To Hell With This Delicate Equation’ April 26

New Single “Shooting Stars” Available Tomorrow

Track Now Streaming on Substream

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

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

A new single “Shooting Stars” is premiering today on Substream Magazine

“Shooting Stars” will hit all digital services tomorrow.

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Album pre-orders have launched 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:

April 19 – Des Moines, IA @ The Fremont

April 20 – Burlington, IA @ Wake N Bake

April 21 – Bloomington, IL @ Nightshop

April 26 – Dayton, OH – @ Omega Music (Acoustic set and album listening party)

May 10 – Columbus, OH @ Craft and Vinyl

May 11 – Dayton, OH @ Yellow Cab (Hometown album release show)

The Story Changes

Mark McMillon – Vocals, guitar

Christopher Popadak – Drums, percussion

Chris Serafini – Bass, vocals


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