The Story Of writes intelligent, guitar-driven rock that they say is intended to motivate and empower people. Although the band currently lives in Austin, TX, the members hold on to their Appalachian roots in Athens, OH.
The Story Of's third album, the World's Affair, ranges from the heavy guitar tones on "EMT" to the delicate, arpeggiating harp on "Save Us". The passionate, melodic vocals push the music to its peak, while the lyrics express their concern over current political issues. Lines such as "after a while / when the guns are in their piles / say goodbye to suffering" from the song "After Just a While" add a hopeful mood to the album.
The group consists of five friends from the Midwest. They say they try to live sustainably, practice a DIY mentality, and enjoy locally brewed beer.