Story of the Sea

Bandmates since childhood, Singer/Guitarist/Frontman Adam Prince and kid brother/drummer Ian Prince grew up in a musical family in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A grown-up move to the Twin Cities and various stints in well-known local bands (Manplanet and Houston) eventually led them back to what they know best: each other. They began Story of the Sea as a guitar and drums two-piece, initially noted for Ian’s famous airtight skills on the kit. The brothers then added stand-out bass talent John McEwen from Align to record their first LP.

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They’ve been referred to as “genre-hopping” which is true enough, I suppose. There are shades of Jawbox’s trademark onslaught and the similar stage power of frequent bill mates The Life and Times. But there’s also The National’s remote, murky lyrics, and Nada Surf’s soft shimmer, even a Strokes-esque bounce here and there. Their sound is more an amalgamation of their vast personal influences than a pinpointed preexisting one. At times propulsive and anthemic, perfecting the tension and release of great 90’s rock. Other times studded with bouncy Curelike keyboards or a winning Squeeze cover. Chewy pop nuggets to soothe even the most jaded indie critic. At heart they’re a capital-R rock band; further blessed with shiny pop refinement, subtle soul roots and grooves, and geeky music-store talent. And at their best, they’re a capital-L live band. Ian’s knack for crafting perfect setlists makes for a brawny rumble of a show: each one different from the next, crowdwinning all.

Past Shows


Nov
23
rd
2012
7th St Entry
Nov
23
rd
2012
7th St Entry

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Fattenin’ Frogs, Red Daughters, Blue Ruin and more!
Nov
23
rd
2012
Mainroom
Nov
23
rd
2012
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Pink Mink, John Swardson and more!
Apr
27
th
2012
7th St Entry
Apr
27
th
2012
7th St Entry

The Life and Times

with Story of the Sea and 22-20s
Apr
13
th
2011
Varsity Theater
Apr
13
th
2011
Varsity Theater

Buffalo Tom

with Story of the Sea
Feb
26
th
2011
7th St Entry
Feb
26
th
2011
7th St Entry

Hey Rosetta!

with Total Babe and Story of the Sea
Nov
26
th
2010
Mainroom
Nov
26
th
2010
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with Martin Devaney, The Honeydogs, Pink Mink and more!

More Shows

Nov
11
th
Fine Line

Peach Tree Rascals

with SEB
Nov
2
nd
Palace Theatre

Dayglow

with Ritt Momney
Oct
8
th
First Avenue

Cigarettes After Sex

Oct
15
th
First Avenue

Alvvays

with Slow Pulp