SAVES THE DAY - 9 ALBUM REVIEW
Saves The Day are considered by many one of the first pioneers of the postmodern emo-rock sound alongside the likes of The Get Up Kids and Dashboard Confessional. Over the years the band has had the normal relationship problems associated with being in a band as well as going through a rotation of label jumps and band member swaps with singer guitarist Chris Conley being the only remaining original member.
Their newest album 9 released via Equal Vision Records, and Rude Records which marks the band's ninth studio album with each song a testament to the history of the band. 9 is the first album from the band in nearly five years, and is a drastic night and day difference from the band's previous albums. 9 delivers a beautiful history of the band Saves The Day, from days on the road to thanking their loving fans.
Opening track Saves The Day seems to tell the overall history of the band in a prologue to the entire record, describing their foundation, time on tour as well as in the studio. Track 2 Suzuki has this kind of inception vibe to it, and follows the current process of actually writing the album 9, from the perspective of Chris. It's a short but sweet tune with this sick distorted, steel guitar melody.
Side By Side recalls a series of flashbacks jumping around in the 90's, starting out in 1997 and jumping around throughout the decade, I've never heard a tune written in such a way and is probably one of my favorite on 9. Kerouac & Cassady is a straight up tour song. Following Saves The Day throughout the years from their times in a van. The tune has kind of a 70's vibe with ooo's, ahhhs and this jumpy drum beat over a distorted flange guitar.
It's Such a Beautiful World seems to be speaking to the fans with lyrics like "we want to see you at our next show" and "we still play the song for our first dance." Rose' is a heavy, emotional wrenching tune which seems to talk about the relationships developed on the road. It's another tune written from a perspective I've never heard. 1997 is an awesome that has a lot of comparisons to how the and used to be to what they are now. It's an awesome down to earth, that personifies staying to roots, and never changing for anyone.
Saves the Day's first single Rendezvous picks up the band's latter history, showing success, and friendship. I already did a review on their single Rendezvous which you can check out HERE!
The final track and most impressive is 29, which makes up nearly half of the album's time (44 minutes), clocking in at a whopping 21 minutes and 30 seconds. Broken into seven parts, the song is like a mini punk rock musical reminiscent of tunes like Jesus of Suburbia by Green Day or The Decline by NOFX. 29 has so many ups and downs, slow parts turned fast, acoustic parts and spacey parts with just guitar and vocals it's best heard with headphones in a dark room.
1. Saves The Day 2. Suzuki 3. Side By Side 4. Kerouac & Cassady 5. It's Such a Beautiful World 6. Rose 7. 1997 8. Rendezvous 9. 29
SAVES THE DAY - 9
Saves The Day is on tour NOW!
Tour Dates: 11/01 Louisville, KY - Headliners 11/02 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge 11/03 Newport, KY - Southgate House 11/04 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick 11/06 Toronto, ON - Opera House 11/07 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop 11/09 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr Smalls 11/10 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony 11/11 Philadelphia, PA - TLA 11/12 Boston, MA - Paradise 11/14 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw * 11/15 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head 11/16 Richmond, VA - Broadberry 11/17 Durham, NC - Motorco 11/18 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge 11/20 Orlando, FL - The Social
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