The Starting Line Based On A True Story on Limited Edition 2LP
Formed in 1999 in Churchville, PA outside of Philadelphia, The Starting Line - Ken Vasoli (vocals, bass), Matt Watts (guitar), Tom Gyskiewicz (drums), Mike Golla (guitar), and Brian Schmutz (keyboards) – were revered for their invigorating blend of punk-pop, indie rock and emo earnestness which garnered the group accolades throughout their career. Their 2002 debut album Say It Like You Mean It earned the group a No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, sold over 300,000 copies on the indie label Drive-Thru and spawned a surprise hit with "The Best Of Me," a pop-punk anthem that was embraced by MTV.
The group followed that up with a jump to major label Geffen Records for 2005's Based On A True Story which revisited the timeless themes of love ("Photography," "Stay Where I Can See You"), and loss ("Surprise, Surprise"), while also mulling over the public's fascination with celebrity ("Making Love to The Camera," "B-List") and the cynicism of the music industry ("Ready," Inspired By The Dollar Sign"). Producers Tim O'Heir (All American Rejects, Sebodah, Say Anything), Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance) and Eric Rachell (Atreyu, Every Time I Die) brought depth-of-field and tasteful muscle to Based On A True Story without compromising The Starting Line's to-the-point charm and stage-chiseled dynamics.