Proper Dose is set for release on 21 September via Pure Noise Records – listen to new single Let It Go.
After the release of their third, self-titled album in 2015, the band’s routine writing, recording, and touring had caught up with them. “We were so burnt from touring, and playing the same songs over and over again,” says Parker Cannon, the band’s vocalist and lyricist, “We knew we had to take a step back and collect ourselves.” By taking that time to recharge, The Story So Far were able to look at themselves with fresh eyes and newfound creative ambitions, returning with their most cohesive and confident record to date.
Out 21 September on Pure Noise Records, Proper Dose shows just how much The Story So Far have grown as both people and musicians. They take bold creative leaps, finally making the record that they’d always wanted to. “This one, all the way through, I just think it’s leaps and bounds ahead of anything we’ve ever done,” says Cannon.
Cannon says the question the band kept asking themselves while making the album was, “How do we stay the same but get better?” The answer was found by never settling, opting instead to push the songs into spaces that felt exciting and new. “It was a challenging process,” says Torf, “But it was a very rewarding process.” The culmination of that effort can be heard in songs like Take Me As You Please and Let It Go, where The Story So Far builds orante pop songs that retain the energy and urgency of their early work.
At its core, Proper Dose is about finding balance between the person you were and the person you wish to be, and it shows the band working to bridge that gap. It’s a brave record, the kind that sees The Story So Far showing their fans just how far they’ve come and inviting them to go on the journey with them.
The Story So Far UK dates:
5 October – SWX, Bristol
6 October – O2 Forum, London
7 October – O2 Institute, Birmingham
9 October – Beckett SU, Leeds
10 October – Garage, Glasgow
11 October – Riverside, Newcastle
12 October – O2 Ritz, Manchester
13 October – Engine Rooms, Southampton