STORYTOWN, The 30-Years-In-The-Making Musical Brainchild Of A New York Tech Visionary Releases Augmented Reality App
Self-Titled Debut Album Out Jan 18; New York Release Show Confirmed For Jan 17
NYC band Storytown—the brainchild of songwriter, guitarist and tech visionary Guy Story—whose debut album, Welcome to Storytown will be released January 18 has this week released an album-themed augmented reality app for iOS and Android allowing fans to interact with and experience the music of the band in unprecented ways.
Filled with the imagery of the album as well as the band’s homebase of SoHo, users can explore music, animations of the band, lyrics, member backstories and more.
“The app builds on the animations created for the video for our song I Thought We had a Deal,” Guy explains. “You point your phone’s camera at a scene, tap the screen to place the band, and the animated band members appear and play a song wherever you are. And, in certain special SoHo locations, the band appears as if painted on the wall, much like what you see in the video.”
Storytown’s album release show has been confirmed for Jan 17 at Caveat on New York’s Lower East Side. Departing from the typical rock club date format, Storytown will mix live performances of songs from the album with stories about the New York music scene over the years, told by special guests who were there – writers, musicians, and others.
Having spent decades deeply embedded in the tech industry—working for the likes of Bell Labs and as the founding CTO at Audible—Guy had an early footprint in startup culture, digital media, and rights management, all of which have become major touchstones in the current music industry. During his time in tech, his lifetime fascination with music and playing guitar had been squarely relegated to a romantic idea dating to his early teens that the Mississippi native would revisit periodically but never allow himself to embrace fully. It wasn’t until experiencing what some might call a late-in-life moment of clarity that Story realized it was now-or-never between him and making music. Much to his surprise, the impulse to facilitate stories—whether it be in the form of writing code or constructing a melody—weren’t altogether different. As it turns out, the narrative impulse just happened to be a part of his DNA.
Backed by bassist Rick Wagner, keyboardist Charly Roth, and drummer Tony Cruz, the twelve original tracks on Welcome to STORYTOWN bring to mind Talking Heads, as well as R.E.M., Old 97s and Alejandro Escovedo among other Southern Rock greats. Deeply embedded in these songs is an innate understanding of how great pop songs work—lyrics that match the emotional heft of the music, perfectly calibrated arrangements in which no sound, no instrumentation, goes to waste. Each song represents an individual journey, both musically and thematically.
01/17/19 – Caveat – New York, NY – tickets